Refinishing Sinks & Tubs

Homeowners living in areas, such as some historic areas of northern California, often have a tub and sink that are nearly as old as the property’s construction. Use of the fixtures over time culminates in a stained and pitted coating that is unsightly. Refinishing tubs and sinks is a way without replacing the old fixture, to renew the inside of a bathroom.


Refinishing a sink or tub requires a comprehensive cleaning; the finishing paint won’t adhere properly to a dirty surface. Needs to be removed with a putty knife. It’s possible to use chemical cleansers, such as phosphoric acid-based goods, to remove every layer of dirt and soap scum. You are also able to use mineral spirits successfully for residual dirt removal. Be sure to rinse after using chemical cleaners and dry the fixture.

Filling and Sanding

Pockets or any scratches have to be filled with a trowel along with fiberglass putty. The putty can be carefully disperse by you onto the region to make a flush and smooth coating throughout the fixture. The putty does not have to be perfectly smooth; the feel will be evened out by the process. It is useful to have a palm sander so that the fixture can have a texture to help retain the paint. Put on a face mask for breathing protection Since a great deal of dust can arise during the process.

Bonding Agents

The fixture will need a layer of bonding agent that is sprayable to create the surface ready for paint adhesion. Home improvement stores provide different bond agents, depending on the fixture’s material kind, such as porcelain or tile. Allow the area dry for approximately five minutes before moving onto the painting after spraying on the bond representative. Note that every bonding agent can have components; consult with the specific instructions of the manufacturer to verify drying times.


The fixture must get both an acrylic topcoat and a primer to generate a quality refinish. Both the primer and topcoat can be applied through a paint spray gun, slowly spraying on the paint onto the surface with a arm motion. The coatings need a half-hour to dry before the next layer is applied by you. An refinishing uses 3 layers of acrylic topcoat and two layers of primer.

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