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How to Make My Bathtub Look New

How to Make My Bathtub Look New

so what really sucks is when your voice sounds even worse than it normally does I've got bronchitis but that's not gonna stop us because we are talking about bathrooms and we are kicking something off that's different this week guys we are doing bathroom week all about bathrooms. So in today's video we're gonna kick it off and talk about how do you refinish your tub or your shower if you've got an avocado green powder blue shower tub and you want to get rid of it there is a way to do that cost-effectively and in fact I did it at my own.

So you're gonna get to see how this looks two and a half to three years later and you're gonna get to see this powdered blue tub get transformed by me tomorrow's video we're going to talk about what if you actually want to just rip it out the old avocado green and replace it with a new tub so you're gonna get to see that project in progress and you're also gonna get to see me replace a toilet. 

Don't pay someone a hundred dollars to come and do it you can do it yourself and trust me it's very easy so you're gonna get to see that tutorial on Wednesday Thursday we're gonna be replacing faucets I don't really like plumbing stuff but we're gonna do it and then Friday I don't know what we're doing on Friday we're just gonna do like bathroom tips and ideas and tricks and things like that so stick with me this week because every day five videos voice or no voice we go and do it all right guys let's kick it off with tub refinishing.

that sounds horrible tub refinishing tub refinishing can't wait for my voice to come back, before we begin let's quickly review what's in every bathtub refinishing kit and talk a little bit about safety the kit comes with part A color, Part B hardener, a non-skid additive liquid primer and etching cleaner, and you'll also get a paint right sandpaper a tack cloth gloves a stick for mixing a foam brush and two paint rollers. 

But there are a few items you'll need to gather on your own you will need some Ajax or Comet, a razor blade scraper, paper towels, a mask, trash bags, painters tape, a blow-dryer and a fan or a proper vent. 

and be sure to thoroughly review the instructions before you begin and have plenty of air vent nation also if you have old shower doors you'd like to remove you should remove them before beginning scrape off any leftover sealant as well after clearing out all of your personal belongings and making sure that there's positive air flow as well as good ventilation in the work area at all times we are now ready to clean the bathtub.

 it's important to start by cleaning your bathtub, thoroughly scrub the bathtub with Ajax or comment and pay special attention to the heavy soap areas any residual soap residue left on the surface. After cleaning will prevent bonding and cause failure we do not want this to happen it's not uncommon to clean your surface at least two or three times just to make sure that you've removed all of the soap and all of the Ajax are common and when you think it's clean go ahead and clean it once more you can never be too sure this step is very very important after thoroughly cleaning the tub if you'd like use a razor blade or sharp scraper to remove the caulk around the bathtub or walls this bathtub only had caulk along the floor so I did remove that so the next step is to take a razor blade and check that you have removed all the soap scum and all of the cleaning agent from the tub nub.

 just be careful don't cut yourself but you will see a little bit of residue on your finger so I did another wash checked it with the razor blade and everything was good to go and we can move on to step 4 which is optional but recommended using the etching cream this easy etch pace will help to remove any residual finish from your bathtub use the scotch brite pad provided and spread it throughout the entire surface. 

paying particular attention to the drain area and don't forget the front now if this is a clawfoot cast-iron steel bath tub or you're doing sinks and tiles leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes this is the colored tub so we're going to leave this one for 30 to 40 and then rinse it really well next while your bathtub is still wet use the sandpaper that came in your refinishing kit to thoroughly sand down the tub. You'll want to pay particular attention again to the drain and rinse really well if you have removed old shower doors you'll likely have some holes that need to be patched, or you may just have some chips in your tub you want to fill those now using the bath works chip repair kit follow the instructions in the kit for how to patch and sand it smooth before moving on to the next step.

if you've got a detachable shower head give it a little shake to remove excess water then use a latex glove to prevent water from dripping onto the shower place it over the showerhead tie it into a knot for extra security and I always recommend tying a trash bag as well in case there's any leaking you'll also want to do the same for the tub spout again tie it into a knot so it's extra secure be sure to dry all the parts of the bathtub including the walls using the blow-dryer.

Completely dry the surface of the bathtub this is very very important again any moisture left on the surface could cause the product to fail and I know you want great results so pay particular attention to ensuring that the drain area is very dry as well when the surfaces are very dry use painters tape around the bathtub and around any parts that need protection including the tub drain your bathtub refinishing kit comes with a tack cloth use the tack cloth rubbing it over the entire surface cleaning any foreign materials from the bathtub or wall area at this point your bathtub should be smooth and ready to be rolled.

 you're now ready for the liquid primer you'll pour the entire 1 ounce bottle of liquid primer onto the bottom of the bathtub using several paper towels spread the material over the entire surface now remember the paper towels will most likely soak up most of the liquid primer so having a bunch of paper towels will prevent tearing and allow you to spread the primer much easier and again pay particular attention to the drain area and don't forget the front of the tub pour the entire Part B hardener into part a color you want to mix it up really good and after you've mixed it let it sit for 5 minutes if your kit includes a non-slip additive pour approximately one to two ounces of mixed material into the provided non-slip container and using the same stir makes it really well and then pour the mixture into the middle of your bathtub use your small yellow roller rolling lightly both vertically and horizontally over the same area several times to create a smooth even rectangle and let this area dry for 10 minutes before moving on if you've removed shower doors you'll want to spray on a very thin coat of an oil-based primer called kills primer over the area where there was silicone caulk under the doors be sure to use paper towels to prevent any overspray it's now time to paint pour the rest of the a B mixture into the paint tray and use your foam brush to dab the paint all around the edges where the roller won't fit this will typically be along the caulk line of the bathtub next using the four inch wide roller roll the first coat of paint towards yourself and remember do not dry roll this is very important.

you always want to make sure that you have a good amount of paint on your roller and as you're painting starting with the sides you want to make sure that you reload that roller often you want to keep it very wet a good rule of thumb to remember to make this project easier to work and cleaner is to roll the inside walls of the bathtub followed by the curves in the bottom and you'll also want to save the front of the bathtub for last a second coat can be applied right away following the same pattern but be careful not to lean on the wet surfaces and you'll want to dispose of all the unused materials in garbage as soon as you've completed the job keeping it away from open flames children animals or those sensitive to paint fumes and of course obey all the city and town codes for proper paint disposal after 45 minutes you are now able to remove the painters tape very carefully remove it at a if you see any edges that need to be cleaned up go ahead and do that now but keep in mind these edges will most likely be covered up with caulk and you'll want to wait 24 hours until it dries before you apply the caulk but you should have an amazing beautiful new bathtub but here's the thing does it last and how do you actually care for this.

 so it does last so let's talk about how you actually clean your shower here when you have your finished shower or tub you cannot just put comet or anything abrasive in here you've got to put something that is not abrasive that you can just spray in here let it do its job and then wipe it down and hopefully all the dirt will come off one thing I have noticed is that in this area it's been two and a half years since I have refinished in this area that I've noticed it's become a little bit more a little bit more stained and it's not quite as easy to clean this part along the sides I don't have as much of an issue and I try to use something that's environmentally friendly but occasionally I will get some of the Scrubbing Bubbles because that works pretty well too and I'll just spray everything down take this out all right we're gonna spray everything about and then we're just gonna wipe it with a clean towel no scrubbing because you don't want to disturb the surface it's been refinished back here in the corners it can be a little difficult they see the dirts just wiping away and then I usually try to wipe here down here in the corners is where a lot of the stain kind of builds up and it's easy to wipe away and I'm just using there just an old rag I'm not gonna use anything abrasive and just wipe nicely you see some chipping here along the drain and this looks like where.

 I'm probably gonna have to refinish and a little bit of chipping here but for the most part this has actually held up really good for the two and a half years that I've had my shower refinished I probably think this will last maybe another couple of years once I do a little bit of touch-up but for the most part I think it's a good value for what 200 250 or less versus you know going and replacing your shower when you can just do this and if you are trying to sell your house or maybe you're on a budget and you're not trying to spend a lot of money to redo your bathroom this is a great option so if you've got an ugly shower and ugly tub you can refinish it and it'll look good and it's not very difficult to maintain but what if you want to actually replace it well you got to come back for tomorrow's video because we are gonna be talking about how do you actually replace your tub you'll get to see that process from start to finish I will see you tomorrow be sure to like this video subscribe and come back again because we're going to be doing more bathroom projects for bathroom week

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