411homerepair.com

Learn the Basics of Bathroom Refinishing

by Guest Post on Apr 12, 2010

The do-it-yourself "fixer-upper" you decided to invest in is finally nearing completion and looking like a decent place to live; there are only a few more projects to complete.

Passing up the final touches like remodeling the guest bedroom, you look down at the tired old bathtub that came with the home. It is a nice size and shape and the fixtures are antiques. The plumbing works, and it has great bones; it just looks old and beat down. Grabbing your list of projects you circle "bathroom refinishing" and settle down to work.

Improve your home and your tub

You don't have to be in the throws of handyman heaven in an investment property to refurbish your bathtub; this is one of those home improvement projects that will not only breathe new life into the look and feel of the bathroom but can go a long way to upping the value of the entire home. The majority of bathtubs that are "off the shelf" are made from a form of industrial-grade porcelain, the kind that loses its finish and shine, over the years of use, not to mention water deposits.

Restoring tubs to a beautiful look and feel can save a lot of money; most new tubs can run a thousand dollars or more, and a refurbishing project can run as much as $500, sometimes much less. If properly planned for, refinishing a bathtub can take as little as one day.

The actual work involves stripping the tub, which requires heavy chemicals to do so. Then there is priming work, painting work, and then finishing the tub. Most often a tub refinishing kit can be purchased at a local hardware store and comes with everything you might need, complete with instructions. What those instructions do not always include, however, are the major troubleshooting issues that do-it-yourself'ers run into.

The issues

Most of the time problems like "alligatoring" (when a network of fine lines show up where they are not supposed to) cracking and bubbling come from improper cleaning before painting and finishing the tub, although sometimes refinishing at the wrong temperature can bring up issues as well. Below are some basic rules to follow to help prevent the majority of pitfalls along the way while you are refinishing the tub.

Pay attention to the number of days indicated on the packaging that you are to let the tub cure; using the tub before this time is up will only mar all of your hard work. Don't place anything on the tub finish during this time either, unless you want permanent reminders left behind. While curing, ignore surface dust. This dust will get cleaned off normally within a few weeks, but if you go to remove it while the tub is curing you may ruin the finish.

To keep your beautiful new finish in tip-top shape, avoid using abrasive cleaners, as they are not needed. Normal liquid detergents will do a fine job, especially if you wipe down the tub with a towel after each use. To keep it shiny and healthy, use Turtle Wax or any other urethane polish five days after it has been refinished, and then once every four months thereafter.

Kitchen / Bathrooms 4687 Views

Latest Articles

Understanding Indonesia’s Real Estate Investment Laws for Foreigners

Indonesia, with its stunning landscapes, deep-rooted cultural heritage, and renowned hospitality, has emerged as a top destination for foreigners...

on Jan 25, 2024

Real Estate Development in Asian Cities

In many Asian cities, the rapid pace of urban development has led to the decline of historic districts, areas once teeming with cultural richness...

on Jan 25, 2024

Shower Envy: Elevating Your Bathroom with a Stunning Walk-In Shower

Are you tired of the same old routine in your bathroom? It might be time to consider a change, and one way to elevate your bathroom to a new level...

on Jan 22, 2024

Exploring Crowdfunding as an Innovative Approach to Real Estate Investment

The landscape of property selling has been transformed significantly due to the advent of property crowdfunding. This innovative approach,...

on Jan 10, 2024

The Rise of Co-Living Spaces in Asian Cities

Asia, home to 21 of the worlds 30 largest cities, is a significant player in the global economy, contributing 38% of the goods and services of the...

on Jan 5, 2024

Actions

More DIY Articles

Why a Quality Real Estate Consultant Is Always Better in the Long Run

For those who have their eyes set on investments and lucrative prospects, there are few that can offer as many potential returns as the real estate...

Real Estate / Finance

Easy and Budget-friendly House Improvements: Bathroom Woes Be Gone

Everyone is remodeling their house nowadays. Most of them are not doing a complete overhaul but are only doing a few rooms at a time. But, the most...

Kitchen / Bathrooms

4 Professional Home Plumbing Tips and Ideas You Must Know About

It can be a relief to own your own home instead of an apartment. There is no rent to pay, you can decorate your home how you like, and you do not...

Plumbing / Basements

How Solar Panels Work to Power Your Home

Solar energy, at the base idea, involves capturing the suns energy and turning it directly into electricity for a business or home. Our sun can...

Eco-Friendly / Go Green

How Much Does Hot Water System Installation Cost?

Despite living in a relatively warm country, a good number of Australians believe that having convenient access to hot water is essential to daily...

Plumbing / Basements

Contact Us | Submit Article | 411homerepair © 2024