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Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by solomon, Mar 17, 2006.
Does anyone know anything about refinishing old claw foot tubs?
I think I remember an old Green Acres episode where they used one gallon jugs of nail polish
I would like to know myself.In one of my rental houses we have one that needs refinished also. All our other houses have new tub and showers but this one has an antique look in the bathroom and I would like to keep it that way.
from my expeiriance there is a product called T.S.P.
granulated phosforous cleaner the first thing we do is to take steel wool or a wire wheel on a drill or small grinder and remove any flakeing
or loose paint and rust.
although i have never patched metal tub yet (because we work on rentals)
i would recomend covering any dips or gouges with something like jb weld
and file smooth.
after prepping sanding is done clean the surfaces to be painted with the
TSP i mentioned real good to remove all soap scum.
do it a few times the cleaner the better.
dry it real good. i use a propane torch to really get all moisture out.
mask off walls/surround/floor and mix the 2 part paint by the directions on can. and apply the paint accordingly. allow it the right amount of time to dry before recoating.
allow ample time before useing the tub and you should have a nice freshly
painted tub that look great.
note if you slack on cleaning the soap scum off or the loose paint scale etc. you will be sorry.
hope this helps.
i am no expert but i have painted a few dozen.
DRC, Is the 2 part paint you mentioned an epoxy base or what kind of stuff is it?
Most of the 2part stuff I've worked with is pretty good stuff.It kind of sounds like some of the stuff we used way back when I worked a little while on water towers.
yep its called "tough as tile" epoxy tub and tile paint.
homax is the company that makes it i think.
2 part epoxy paint
Thanks DRC,I'll try to check in to it.
Would Home Depot,Lowes or somewhere like that carry it or would I need to look into a more commercial type place?
actually our true value carries it .
i never went to lowes or home depot for it cause true value is minutes away from our rentals .
they might carry it or something similar.
OK thanks again.We have True Value around here too. I'll check it out.It will be good to find something that sticks good.The tub is in good shape without chips and dings but the finish is dull because it's one of the old ones and not a newer remake.Those old clawfoots are worth more than alot of the newer nicer tubs you can buy now.
yeah those things really can be neat looking in a fixed up open type bathroom like you see in magazines kinda out in the open.
they are nice and roomy too.
i wouldnt mind takeing a bath in one of those.
i take showers . a small tub is not very comfortable to get down in
especially with a shower door track on the top tub rail there isnt
a smooth place to place your hand to ease down .
momma and poppa can both fit in a big ol claw foot
Thanks guys. I was wondering if I should try to do it myself, or pay to have it done. I want it done right because the tubs will be sold when completed. We've been gathering them up and so far have 9 and are going to pick up 5 more in the morning. Somebody told me they might be worth quite a bit if they were properly refinished. I'll be anxious to see. Again thanks.
ok, on a regular fiberglass tub, what is used to make em less slippery? i can barely see that mine was treated sprayed or whatever they do to em, but it needs to be done again.
I really don't know,maybe a little Herculiner bed lining? Probably woudn't look that good unless it comes in something besides black. lol It would last forever though, maybe you could tint it before rolling it on?They probably use something similar in a color version for that.
I just remembered I know a guy that used that spraypaint that has a granite like texture to do his, it looked good when he was finished.You can find it where they have a good spraypaint selection.It comes in all different colors and on the cap it has the color and the cap feels like stone you might check it out.I've seen it at W@l-m@rt.