The 4 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Refinishing A Bathtub

Do you want to refinish your bathtub with a company such as Porcelite Bathtub Refinishing? Bathtub refinishing can be a great way to make an old bathroom look like new again--or to change the color of a bathtub to suit a new color scheme. But there are also a lot of mistakes that you could potentially make that would ruin the resulting finish. Here are just a few tips to keep in mind.

1. Putting On Too Many Layers

After a certain point, the paint will stop completely drying all the way through. Though it may appear to be completely dry on the surface, it will still be moist in the center. Eventually, the paint will start to slide and stretch, showing ripples and potentially breaking off entirely. Usually, you should only use two or three layers.

2. Not Properly Sanding

Sanding your bathtub's surface is actually one of the most important steps to refinishing -- and it's a step that a lot of homeowners skip entirely or rush through. The entire surface of the bathtub should be dull and rough to the touch. Otherwise the paint is not going to properly adhere. Without proper sanding, a refinishing job will initially look perfect but it will not last.

3. Letting the Paint Can Drip

For those attempting a spray paint finish, one of the most common problems is dripping paint. Paint begins to drip when too much has been applied to one area at once -- and the drips can occur well after you have actually sprayed, so you may not be able to tell initially that you have over-sprayed. Spray in short, even and fast strokes.

4. Improperly Masking

Before refinishing a bathtub, everything around the area should be covered with a tarp and everything around the tub itself should be covered with painter's tape. Many people underestimate how far paint can spread; everything in the bathroom should be covered. Others fail to mask properly, allowing paint to seep in below the tape. After taping, you should run the flat edge of a paint scraper (or similar tool) along the tape to make sure that it has completely adhered.

In general, spray paint kits are easier to manage than roll-on paint kits and will have fewer problems -- but you will still need to follow the directions closely if you want the best end results. Don't forget to wear a mask and to work with an open bathroom door and open windows. Paint fumes can quickly become dangerous when they are inhaled.