Nowadays, the costs that people have to pay just to refinish their bathtub is continuously increasing. Old bathtubs are very hard to clean so the cost to refinish them are quite higher. However, buying a new bathtub is even higher than cleaning an old bathtub. That is why it is recommended for people who have a tight budget to just refinish their old bathtub in order to save more money.
Also, homeowners can do the refinishing process by themselves. They just need to follow some steps in order to refinish their bathtubs properly. If you also want to reglaze your bathtub on your own then you need to be aware of some tips that will help you out during the refinishing process. Below is the list of the four useful tips that you can use for bathtub refinishing.
1. Calculate the total cost of the refinishing kit that you will need.
Check several stores for you to know the range of price that you need to pay for the refinishing kit. The first thing that you need to buy is the paint. Know if some stores offer a discount if you will buy a liter of paint together with other painting materials for you to save some money. The painting materials that you will need are brush, painter’s tape, roller, rubber gloves, respirator, eye wear, mineral spirits, drop cloths and chemical cleaning agents. Even though there are a lot of things you need to buy you should remember that you can use these tools for many times so you can still save more money in the long run. If possible, buy the tools that you need in a store that offers them in lower prices. Remember to make sure that all the tools you will be buying are of high quality and durable.
2. Understand the steps that you need to take to properly refinish your bathtub.
Refinishing your bathtub on your own is a do-it-yourself project so you need to be aware of all the steps you need to take to properly refinish your bathtub. The first step is to get rid of all the soap residue in the bathtub. Make sure that all parts of the bathtub are cleaned. Second, remove the lever plate, drain cover and caulking around the tub’s edge. Wear protective gear and keep the room well-ventilated while you are doing all the steps. Clean all parts of the bathtub and apply the chemicals. Wash the bathtub after some minutes. You need to be focused on doing the whole process since you will be doing the refinishing alone.
3. Do some bathtub repairs.
Cleaning the bathtub is not enough because you will still need to do bathtub repairs. Lay down some sheets of masking paper at the bottom of the bathtub and add some polyester filler. Next is to get a bodywork spatula or a putty knife. Apply the filler on the defects of the bathtub. Let the chemicals you put dry first before you gently remove the excess. Remember that applying some bonding agent in your bathtub for the repair is necessary to make the overall repair process successful.
4. Consult a professional.
Doing the bathtub refinishing can be quite exhausting and challenging because you need to do a lot of work on your own. Also, doing the bathtub refinishing on your own will not give you a 100 % guarantee that the outcome of the refinishing process will be very good. Because of this, you can consult a professional bathtub refinishing worker in order for you to be guided accordingly. Of course, consulting a professional will cost you more money so this option really depends on your income and preference.
During the consultation, you need to tell the professional refinishing agent the things that you are not sure about and the things that you want you want to do with your bathtub. As much as possible, ask all the things that are bothering you so that the money you will pay for the consultation will be worth it. Lastly, look for a professional whose consultation fee is lower for you to save more money.
Indeed, bathtub refinishing is a necessary thing to do if your bathtub has not been repaired of refinished for many years already. Refinishing your bathtub will surely give you a better experience whenever you are using your bathtub. So take note of the tips stated above if you want to refinish your bathtub on your own.