Some time ago, the only technology to restore the old bath was applying a layer of enamel. The modern development of the chemical industry has made it possible to obtain a more accessible and convenient restoration of acrylic by hand. This technique allows you to carry out work without recruiting specialists. After the completion of the restoration works, the bathtub will have an attractive appearance and will hardly differ from the new one. The new coating extends the life of the plumbing fixture by at least 10 years.
If the surface of the bath began to turn yellow, it's time to restore it.
Use of acrylic
Recovery with liquid acrylic involves the use of a specially designed formulation that is not afraid of the effects of chemicals. The coating is resistant to mechanical influences and is characterized by excellent decorative qualities. After the bath is covered with liquid acrylic with its hands, its surface acquires anti-slip qualities, which the new device did not have.
The most common for carrying out the described work liquid filling agent based on acrylic, which is produced under the trademark "Stakril". Carrying out work with this composition involves working with a two-component enamel, which has a high degree of density. Among the ingredients of the mixture is a base and a hardener.
To restore the bath you will need liquid acrylic, which is applied to the surface by pouring.
In addition to the mentioned product, it is possible to allocate also liquid acrylic of the brand "Ecowanna", which is manufactured in Yaroslavl. Distributed and liquid acrylic brand "Alphavanna", produced by the Moscow factory.
Consumers use such compounds, in view of the fact that the surface of the baths after the treatment acquires an increased evenness. It exceeds the one that the product receives at the factory. This helps to increase the quality of resistance to external mechanical influences. The bath reduces the level of thermal conductivity, which helps it maintain a warmer water for a longer period. For this reason, after restoration, the bath acquires more comfortable qualities for use. The water in the cast-iron bath becomes 1 ° C colder after three minutes of downtime, whereas in the bath that has been treated with acrylic, the same index is achieved in half an hour or more.
After repair, the bathtub is easier to wipe, you can clean the surface with a soft sponge, which must be soaked in soapy water; thus, the need to use abrasive agents disappears.
The factory bath wears out in a shorter period than the one that has undergone the restoration, since acrylic is almost not subjected to wear.
Preparation for application
Restoration of the bath involves preparation, which consists in removing the old coating. Producing these works is necessary as follows. If the surface of the acrylic bath has acquired scratches and yellow spots with time, then it is necessary to treat the ground with a pearl, which is supposed to be restored. If there are enough impressive scratches and stale rust on the old coating, you need to get rid of the coating, using a drill equipped with a grinding wheel as an abrasive wheel.
For the restoration of the old cast-iron bath you will need: liquid acrylic, gloves, brush, tape, thinner.
If you intend to use a drill in preparation, this will lead to the formation of a significant amount of dust that will rise. Therefore, the master during the work should use personal protective equipment: mask, hat and gloves. Once the sweep is complete, you can wash away the dirt. Restoration will not be effective, if the surface is not degreased, you should use a solvent for this. It is permissible to produce such work through drinking baking soda. It should be diluted to the consistency of gruel, and then - to surface and wash with water. If there are cracks or chips on the ground, you can get rid of them by using an autoloader that has the quality of instant drying.
Restoration of baths should be made on a warm surface, only in this case the composition can be laid flat. To do this, the bowl should be filled with hot water and left for 5 minutes, after the water must be drained. The surface should be dried in a short time, for this you need to use rags that are not able to leave the villi.
Before the restoration of the bath with liquid acrylic, it is necessary to disassemble the existing plums, this will prevent acrylic from entering the drainage system. Under the bathroom should be placed dishes. In some cases, the restoration of the bath with their own hands is done without the possibility of dismantling the drains. This is true for cases where the device is tiled. In this case, the bottom drain must be sealed with adhesive tape, and the bottom should be mounted from above the plastic cup. Only after you can start repairing the bath.
Restoration of a bath with liquid acrylic can involve the use of technology, which is called a "bath tub".
The process of restoration of the bath.
The technique is used for the restoration of acrylic sanitary devices and for the "transformation" of cast iron baths into acrylics. To implement the technology, the composition should be prepared following the instructions. Some part of the mixture must be poured into a container, from which it will be filled.
Direct restoration of the bath should be started from pouring a thin band of the composition onto the rim, then a spatula goes into use. The mixture should be poured so that the formed layer had a width of 6 cm. After that, the liquid should drain to the middle of the bath. Now you can move the jet along the side, moving along the perimeter until the moment the ring closes. At the same time, it is unacceptable to stop.
If during the work there were floods, you should not get rid of them, as this will aggravate the situation. After drying, they will disappear by themselves.
Restoration of the baths at the next stage involves pouring the mixture into the middle of the vessel. It is necessary to move along a spiral until the whole base is covered.
The remains of acrylic should not be disposed of, as they will themselves go into the drain hole. This technique is economical, especially if you compare with the purchase of new plumbing.
It is not recommended to try to speed up the process, since even a professional works takes about 2 hours. After completion of the application, the bath should be left to dry, this period can be limited to 4 days and will depend on the acrylic used.
To carry out the restoration should be stocked:
You can buy a quick-drying compound that is suitable for those who can not wait for drying more than a day. If there is a possibility to use another bathroom and there is a desire to get a stronger coating, it is recommended to purchase a long-drying compound. It will be ready in 4 days.
If you use the services of craftsmen, you will receive a guarantee for work performance, limited to 2-3 years, but the service life of the updated product is much longer.
If you follow the instructions for restoration, then the renovated plumbing will serve for 15 years. With due care this period will increase to 20 years.