If you're planning on remodeling your bathroom, one of the biggest tasks you'll be faced with is what to do with your bathtub. Although of course you could spend some hard earned money on a new tub, you can also refinish your existing one for a fraction of the cost. The lower cost and the satisfaction of completing a do-it-yourself project is what makes refinishing a tub such a popular alternative, but there are several tips you should keep in mind if you're doing it for the first time. Take a look at three of them below.
When it comes to painting, there are several options available. You can achieve detail work most effectively with a brush, but limiting yourself to a brush is simply inefficient. That's why most people opt to use a roller in combination with a brush. But for the best results, you should choose a paint sprayer. A sprayer will most effectively layer the paint in a way that looks professional and feels completely smooth to the touch.
People are usually so focused on the technical tasks at hand when they're refinishing a tub that they forget all about safety. But what good is a like-new tub if it means potentially compromising your health? That's why when you take a trip to the hardware store to buy all the necessary tools, you should remember to buy a respirator or two. Steer clear of the respirators that are classified as disposable, though -- they're usually equipped to handle nothing much more than dust. You'll want a half or full facepiece air purifying respirator to keep from breathing in dangerous particles. In addition, eye protection and gloves are both invaluable when it comes to protecting your eyes and hands from the various chemicals you'll be using.
Silicone is great for a number of things, including the caulk used for many different types of tubs. But when it comes to refinishing a tub, don't forget that silicone is the enemy. That's because silicone makes it impossible for any sort of refinishing material to adhere to the tub itself. So before you start in on the refinishing project, you'll need to identify any silicone caulk on or around your tub. If there is any silicone present, you'll have to purchase a silicone remover to get rid of it all. Remover is available at most hardware stores, and is relatively inexpensive.