Restoring Sinks And Bathtubs

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Refinishing a Bathtub

Refinishing a bathtub requires some preparation. Aside from a few tools, you'll need adequate ventilation and proper masks, as the chemicals and dust produced are toxic.  Even so, the steps involved in refinishing a bathtub aren't particularly difficult:

  • Cover the bathroom to protect areas that won't be refinished.
  • Clean the entire bathtub surface to remove grease. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
  • Sand the tub using a palm sander.
  • When refinishing a bathtub made of porcelain or tile, apply a chemical boding agent before painting and let the bonding agent dry for about five minutes before proceeding. Use bonding agents only in well-ventilated conditions.
  • Apply an acrylic polymer coating for the most durable finish. Refinishing a bathtub usually requires two coats of primer, followed by two or three topcoats. Apply coats with a spray gun, waiting about 30 minutes between coats to allow the paint to dry.
  • After refinishing a bathtub, let the new finish cure for 48 hours before using it.

Repairing Enamel on Sinks and Bathtubs

Enamel sinks and bathtubs can chip easily. Luckily, fixing chipped enamel is fairly simple:

  • Choose an epoxy that matches the sink's color.
  • Scrub the chipped areas of sinks and bathtubs with soapy water and let them dry.
  • Sand the chipped areas. This will remove dirt and rust from the chipped areas, allowing the epoxy to stick to the surface.
  • Mix the epoxy according to the product's instructions.
  • Using a small brush, fill the chip with epoxy. If a chip is particularly deep, apply several coats of epoxy, allowing drying time between coats.
  • After repairing sinks or bathtubs repaired in this manner, don't use them for 24 hours and avoid scrubbing the repaired area for several days.

Sink Faucet Repair

Dripping faucets are among the most common sink faucet repair projects. In most cases, a dripping faucet develops when the faucet washer wears down.

Here are some simple steps involved in replacing a damaged faucet:

  • First, turn off the water supply.
  • Unscrew the faucet handle, which involves unscrewing a small screw at the top or back of the faucet. (A snap-on cover may be hiding this screw.)
  • Use pliers to remove the large packing nut in the faucet and gently twist out the faucet stem.
  • Remove the screw while holding the washer and replace the old washer with an exact duplicate. Improperly sized washers don't work and will make the dripping worse.
  • Finish the sink faucet repair job by reassembling the faucet.

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