Do It Yourself Refinishing Kits
Refinishing Kit Procedures
Clawfoot Bathtub Refinishing
Clawfoot Tub Restoration From "Restoration
The Dougherty home in the Grant
Park neighborhood of Atlanta.
Tools, materials and safety equipment:
low-pressure spray gun
Integrity Refinishing Coatings primer,
EP-acrylic top coat
Paint buckets and paint stirrers
Stripper (Methylene Chloride)
Acid-etch cleaner for porcelain
Degreaser for porcelain
Bonding agent for porcelain
Coarse steel wool
Water hose and sprayer nozzle
240 grit sandpaper
Respirator mask with organic-vapor filters
Reglazing a Tub
The worn surface of
the Dougherties' tub was actually painted with
latex by former tenants, and the paint has begun
to peel off. Aside from being unsightly and in
improper surface for the tub, peeling paint
presents a health-risk with small children in
the home. Re-glazing the tub will involve
removing the old paint, cleaning and degreasing
the surface, adding a bonding primer and a
gloss-finish coat of epoxy.
removal is NOT necessary if the original
manufacturers surface has not been painted over
with any other type of paint.
Begin by shutting off both hot and cold
water supplies (figure A).
Loosen and disconnect water supply lines and
Remove the tub to the garage or well vented
location. Because cast-iron tubs like this
typically weigh from 250 to 400 pounds, this
part of the job requires several helpers (figure
With the tub moved to a suitable work space,
the stripping and re-glazing process can
For reglazing a tub, a
respirator mask is required.
Because this process involves toxic
chemicals and gives off fumes, this project
should only be done outside or in a
well-ventilated location, and appropriate
safety precautions must be followed. In this
case, protective eye-wear,
chemical-resistant gloves, a respirator mask
and full-coverage chemical resistant suit
are all essential for proper safety. Your
eyes and every part of your skin must be
protected from these caustic chemicals.
Respirator masks with organic-vapor filters
must be used to avoid breathing harmful
The key to a good tub-refinishing job is
good preparation. Cover the work area in
plastic drop-cloths to protect surfaces and
furniture from strippers and re-glazing
Carefully remove the valves (figure C)
as well as the pop-up or drain and overflow
(if there is one).
Since our tub surface had been painted with
latex, a paint stripper was needed to remove
all the old paint. Following the
manufacturer's instructions, spray on
stripper using a pump sprayer (figure D).
Wait for the paint to begin bubbling up (figure
Scrub the loosened paint away with coarse
steel wool (figure F).
Depending on the paint, as many as two more
applications of stripper may be needed.
The next step of the process involves using
methylene chloride -- or lacquer thinne --
which gives off strong fumes, so respirator
masks (figure G) are required from
Go over the entire tub with lacquer thinner
and coarse steel wool to remove any remnants
After thoroughly scrubbing, rinse down the
tub with water (figure H).
Since the water runoff contains harmful
chemicals, it's critical that you handle and
dispose of the waste water properly. Make
sure there is drainage into some type of
receptacle that can be carefully disposed
of. Check with your local authorities on
proper disposal. For our project, we
fashioned a makeshift drain using a spare
piece of guttering that emptied into a
plastic bucket (figure I).
The chemical cleaners and degreasers prepare
the surface for a chemical bonding agent
that will chemically react with the paint to
form a tough, long lasting, factory finish
for porcelain and tile. The first treatment
in this process is application of an
acid-etch cleaner. (Protective eyewear and
chemical-resistant gloves are required.)
Apply the acid-etch cleaner to the top edge
of the tub (figure J) and allow it to
run down over the surfaces.
With a scouring
pad or 240 grit sandpaper, scrub the tub
with the acid-etch cleaner and then rinse
You're now ready to start the second step of
the reglazing with the degreaser.
Add a little water to moisten the tub
surface, and pour degreaser in the tub. This
cleaner actually helped clean the corrosion
and dirt from the copper drain (figure K).
Using another scouring pad, scrub away any
Rinse with water.
To prepare for
the next step, the adheser, cover any
features of the tub that you won't be
painting. In our case, this meant covering
the metal claw-feet (figure L).
The adheser is a bonding agent. Spray
on a light film of the chemical adheser (figure
Allow to set up according to the
manufacturer's instructions. In our case,
the set-up time was 10 to15 minutes.
The next step is the primer. In our
case the primer had to be mixed 1 part base
to 2 parts reducer (figure N). This
makes it possible to use in a paint sprayer.
Mix thoroughly before placing the mixture
into the sprayer.
Using a paint-spray gun, prime the tub,
inside and out, with three light coats of
Allow each coat to tack up about 15 minutes
before the next coat is applied.
When spraying, continually move the gun.
Never allow it to set in one place (figure
The finish coat of paint is next. In
our case, to use the sprayer, we mixed
together a ratio of 4 parts glossy-white
base to one part catalyst and two parts
reducer (or thinner). We then mixed
thoroughly and poured the mixture into the
spray reservoir (figure P).
Once the paint is completely dry, move the
tub back into the bathroom (figure R),
install the tub drain and reinstall the
plumbing fixtures on refinished tub. Move
into position to hookup water lines.
Again with a spray gun, apply three to four
light coats of a final paint-coat (figure
Q), allowing each coat to tack up about
15 minutes before the next coat is applied.
Size and cut drain pipe. Slide the
connections together (figure S) and
Mark water line size. Use the pipe bender
and form the bend to the fixture.
Hook up the compression fittings and test.
Additional Tips on Re-Glazing a Tub
The Grant Park neighborhood
the segment that follows, work gets underway on
the second of two projects: creating a kitchen
dish-cabinet that incorporates antique
leaded-glass panels that the owners had
Do not use your re-glazed tub for the
specified number of days or hours
recommended by the manufacturer -- usually
Do not lay objects on your newly re-glazed
tub. Soap, washcloths, and shampoo bottles
can ruin the finish.
Avoid abrasive cleansers. Use a spray
cleaner along with a soft cloth. Wiping the
tub down with a cloth after each use can
also help maintain the finish.
Avoid bath mats with suction cups
Maintain caulking around the tub.
Some manufacturers recommend waxing your
re-glazed tub after it has been refinished
and again every four months with a urethane
polish. Check manufacturer specifications.
Important: Always dispose of toxic
chemicals responsibly. Check the directions on
the products for proper disposal methods. Some
home centers may have chemical reclamation
stations. Your local environmental agencies can
provide you with helpful information as well.
This is a summary of steps included in the
procedures shown in this episode of
Restoration Realities. There may be
variations in procedures for your particular
restoration project based on the types of
materials you select and the nature or extent of
your particular project. Always follow proper
safety precautions, and read and follow
manufacturer's guidelines, diagrams and safety
notices that come with materials or products
that you select.
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February 28, 2013
this episode, DIY's Restoration Realities
visits Atlanta, GA and the neighborhood of Grant
Park where they help a young couple with a
couple of projects in their 19th century
In this second segment, work gets underway on
the first of two projects: restoring and
re-glazing an antique claw-foot tub.