How to paint a bath

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Painting the bath is an affordable way to bring your old bathroom up-to-date. We’ll show you everything you need for painting a bath. You will also see how to properly prepare the surface of the bath to get the best result.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Prepare the surface of the bath
2 Prepare the paint
3 Paint the bath
  • Step 1. Prepare the surface of the bath

    Give the surface of the bath a good clean with a scourer and some heavy duty cleaning liquid. Then use ‘wet & dry’ sandpaper to roughen up the surface and remove the shine from the enamel.  Rinse with water and dry. Finish the cleaning process by rubbing the surface down with solvent. Once the solvent is dry, mask up the edges of the bath and the plughole. It is also worth taping up the spout so no water drips on the wet paint.
  • Step 2. Prepare the paint

    Bath paint is a two-part paint that comes in separate tins. Stir the individual tins with different stirrers then mix the two tins together in a solvent-resistant container. Once they are thoroughly mixed, pour half the paint into a second container. You will use this second half for the second coat. Put a lid on it and put it in the fridge. Then let the first half sit for an hour to come up to room temperature.
  • Step 3. Paint the bath

    Once the paint is at room temperature, give it another good stir. Then paint the bath. Start with the top of the bath and work down. When the first coat is finished, give it 12 hours to cure before applying the second coat. Remember to give your paint an hour to come up to room temperature before you do coat number two. Once the second coat is finished, wait 24 hours before removing the masking tape and at least five days before using the bath.

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  • 2 Paint stirrers
  • 2 Solvent Resistant Buckets
  • Paint brush
  • Safety glasses
  • Scourer

Materials

  • Bath paint
  • Cleaner
  • Cloth
  • Drop sheet
  • Face mask
  • Masking tape
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Solvent
  • Wet & Dry Sandpaper
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