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Old 06-11-2002, 11:14 AM
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Question Painting the bathtub?

We bought an older house and it still has the original bathroom fixtures in it. The bathtub (a regular one - not clawfoot ) Are in need of replacing or refinishing. They are painted porcelain.

Since I cannot afford to replace them at this time, I would like to try to paint them myself. I hope this will last a couple of years or so until I can have them professionally redone or replaced.

I was thinking of using tremclad enamel paints either by brush or spray can.

Would this work? Have you used a different glaze or paint technique that works.

Can't wait to hear your ideas.
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Old 06-11-2002, 02:22 PM
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At our previous house dh re-glazed the tub with a tub re-glazing kit that he got at Lowe's (I think). It was a pretty involved process. Had to make sure the tub was squeeky clean, then use some kind of acid on it, then sand, then paint, then sand and paint again. The stuff had really bad fumes, so ventilation was really important. Sorry I can't remember the name of the stuff, but I would think that most home improvement stores should have it in their paint section. Good luck!
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Old 06-11-2002, 04:38 PM
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Oh PrairieRose, I am going to have to start writing down stuff when I see it because everything seems to fall right out of my brain. Oprah had a decorating show one day and they painted everything in the bathroom. She said anything could be painted if you used this certain primer. They had made the bathroom all seem like terra cotta in texture as well as color. I will see what I can find. I'm thinking maybe it will be in the archives in Oprah's website. I used to paint for a living and we painted bathtubs sometimes but they were always clawfoot. I'll do some investigating, for whatever it's worth.

oops....Prariegirl...sorry. I'm still lookin', just saw Prarie and assumed until I saw the post again. hehe sorry 'bout that.
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Old 06-15-2002, 12:31 PM
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We just recently had some work done here and the tub in the master bath had some chipped places. My DH had seen these repair kits and decided to redo the whole tub. It definitley was an involved process and I stringently recommend that when you use the kit that you also get the breathing mask to go with it. It is cheaper if you buy the kit that includes the mask. These are not always displayed with the basic refinishing kit so you may have to ask about it. The product that we used is Klenks Tub & Tile Epoxy pack for porcelain & ceramic surfaces. We bought it at our local hardware store. We don't have a Lowe's or Home Depot or any such here. It is 50 miles to the nearest large home improvement store. Good luck. Contractors here tell us that two years is about the best that you will get out of a refinishing job. God bless.
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Thanks everyone.

I don't think I am going to go with the reglazing kits. I don't have adequete (sp) ventilation in the bathroom; and I couldn't stand the fumes anyway. I'd get a month long miagraine

I think I am going to just paint it with the tremclad paint. Momof2boyz, were you able to come up with something? I am going to check the "Painted House" website with Debbie Travis.

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Old 06-16-2002, 08:19 AM
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Prariegirl, Debbie Travis is exactly who I was thinking of. I found the show (first try!) in the archives....must be meant to be. I'll give you the link but I imagine you'll find it on her website also as it directs you to it in the oprah site.

http://www.oprah.com/tows/pastshows/...010411_c.jhtml

Hope this helps. Good luck!!!!!
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