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Can you paint a bath?

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Posted by: from Timmins
7/4/2008 at 8:14:41 PM

Hi! I'd like to ask a question please. I've moved into an older property which I love, apart from the horrible dark green bathroom suite it has. With all the expense of moving, I really can't afford to replace it right now.

I was wondering though if you can get some kind of special paint for baths, sinks etc to revamp them? There's so many types of paints out there I thought it might be a possibility.

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Bill from Bill Carr Renovations in Baltimore
Date/Time7/23/2008 at 6:17:46 PM

Hi Harriet- you could paint the tub & sink, providing they are steel , properly prepared, and proper finish (paint) is used. A sprayed epoxy finish would work best, how long it will last is anyones guess. But even to do this properly the money spent on a short term solution would be better put into saving for a bathroom reno- live with the green for a while til you can do a major renovation. Hope this helps.

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Abba's Service in Huntsville
Date/Time11/7/2008 at 12:21:04 AM

You better to just change them and spend the extra money I find. Bill is right you can paint them but if you don't know what you are doing one year latter it will look like a leopard.

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Date/Time12/20/2008 at 1:00:36 PM

Bathtubs and sinks can be refinished whether steel, cast iron , cultured marble etc. The most important part of the process is the prep. I have seen refinished tubs sinks that have lasted up to 18 years before they need to be refinished again. I have also seen them last for less than six months. As with a new bath or sink they have to be looked after properly or you will lose the gloss and the tub will become dull and lifeless. Drop a wrench or sharp object on a new tub and it could chip just as a refinished tub will. Now the durability issue. Is a refinished surface as durable as a factory baked on finish? The answer is NO. Factory finishes are run through an oven at 1700 degrees F, that obviously cannot be done in a home. A tub or sink refinished in the home is done by using a chemically cured process and by using a detailed cleaning process along with bonding agents and a lot of elbow grease before even applying the finish. Coatings durability are rated by pencil hardness and 3 to 5 H is where you want to be. There are coatings out there with low VOC's UV resistant that will not yellow as an epoxy will. Do your due diligence and get in touch with a professional in your area. Refinishing is not a bullet proof solution, but if done right, is a viable and cost effective alternative to replacement.

Harry Engfer

Blackstone Tub Refinishers


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