After serving for a while, the bath loses its original qualities: the gloss disappears, scratches and chips appear. Just want to buy a new one. But if this item of sanitary engineering is of excellent quality, then the bath with its own hands can be renewed, even the money is saved.
The scheme of the device bath.
An excellent way of restoration is a filling bath. The product is covered with acrylic. This bath has the following positive features:
- when touching there is a feeling of warmth;
- Apply the technology to products of any shape and size;
- the coating has no pores;
- care can be limited by liquid means, without the use of cleaning powders;
- the product is absolutely smooth and smooth;
- The acrylic coating is durable and with proper care it serves a long time;
- Any other color can be given to the product.
Surface coating of the bath with acrylic is carried out in bulk.
In favor of this method, and the fact that a liquid bath can be obtained without dismantling the articles. The whole procedure will take no more than 3-4 hours, and the operation of the product can be started after 1-2 days, it all depends on the composition that was chosen. The acrylic coating lasts more than 15 years.
In addition, liquid acrylic - a product that is environmentally friendly, can absorb noise. Over time, it does not lend itself to wear, and if scratches appear, it can easily be restored with a special paste.
To make a bulk bath it is possible, using stakril or liquid acrylic. For this work you will need:
- latex gloves;
- any powder for cleaning;
- chemical solution for removal of plaque and rust;
- composition of two components: a hardener and a base;
- a grinding skins;
- brush or paint roller.
All you have prepared, you can get down to business. First you need to treat the surface of the cuvette. On how this will be done depends the longevity of the filling bath. A special agent removes plaque and rust, and then the skin is well polished cuvette. The surface is cleaned with a powder, abundantly washed with water and allowed to dry. Degrease with acetone or solvent.
When the preparatory work is completed, you can proceed to surface coating with acrylic. The hardener is mixed with the base and mixed for 5-10 minutes. Leave the solution to stand for 10 minutes and mix again. Then you need to carefully pour the bath, starting from the sides.
Sequence of application of acrylic coating.
In the absence of skills in this matter, you must buy a mixture with a margin.
You should know that after an hour the composition is thicker, so you have to work quickly.
This method of recovery of the cuvette has several advantages:
- The filling bath is more durable than enameled;
- do not need to dismantle the product;
- when applying the formulation, it is not necessary to replace the siphon;
- method allows you to save money;
- work takes little time;
- simplicity of the method.
Selection of mixture
There are 2 versions of the composition for coating the cuvette by this method: liquid acrylic and stakril.
Mixtures are similar in some ways, but they also have differences. Stakril during foaming, you need to constantly clean the bubbles with a roller or brush. If this is not done, when drying, the porosity will be noticeable. Liquid acrylic does not foam, it is easier to apply, it dries out more quickly, when drying less defects, but it costs more.
Stakril for the restoration of baths have been used for a long time, for more than 10 years. He showed himself rather well. But in recent years, ultra-modern materials have appeared that have more merits.
Stakrilovaja the bath dries up within 4 days, all this time spreading unpleasant heavy smell. There are also some limitations when using it: it is not recommended to put metal objects (basins, buckets) in it, to bathe animals with sharp claws.
Liquid acrylic is the newest material that appeared 3 years ago. It is smoother, more reflective than stakril and more resistant to all kinds of mechanical microdamages. In addition, it dries within 2 days, and does not spread any odor.
The advantages of a bath tank.
The main difference between enamel and a mixture for filling baths is different application. To apply enamel, firstly the cuvette is well cleaned, and then covered with enamel in two layers. If this item has some flaws, say, low-quality casting, then the layer of enamel will not hide them, they will still be visible. And if the bottom was rust, then after a year of operation, it will again manifest itself and will again have to cover the bottom with enamel.
But the glass is applied in a thick layer and due to this all the defects will be hidden and will serve such a cuvette for a long time. The prefabricated surface is covered with acrylic, and under its weight it fills all the cracks and spalls. In addition, the stakril bath differs in springing effect, since at the bottom the thickness of the composition reaches 6-7 mm, and on the lateral surface - up to 3 mm. If you accidentally drop the shower head, then there will be no chipping.
There are several myths about liquid acrylic bathtubs. The first of them tells that such a subject of sanitary ware can be produced in 1 hour. To do this, of course, is impossible. And if someone succeeds, it means that the work is of poor quality, the cleaning of the cuvette was not supposed to be carried out, and if it was conducted, but not at the proper level. Naturally, the duration of the work is due to the condition of the bath, but it can not be less than 3 hours. This is the time it takes for quality work.
The second myth: some believe that it is easier to purchase a new product than to mess with the restoration of the old one.
This also is not true. If you count: dismantling the old product, buying, delivering and installing a new one, and then buying more materials to repair the damage on the walls, on the floor - all this at a cost will exceed the price of an acrylic bath in 1.5 times. Yes, and the time savings are beyond doubt.
The third myth: there is an opinion that after a while the glass is removed from the cuvette, like a skin.
If this were true, it would have long ago been abandoned. The main thing is to do everything right: before applying the compound, it is good to clean and degrease the surface of the cuvette and apply only to a dry bath. Stakril hardens and dries out as a film, just can not.
The fourth myth: the allegedly acrylic liner is more reliable than a filling bath.
Yes, it has the superiority: durability (more than 10 years), a smooth surface, after a day you can use a ditch. However, there are significant negative points. To install the acrylic liner you need to dismantle the tile adjacent to the bath to wrap the edges of the liner behind the bath.
After such restoration it is necessary to restore a tile, and here the bulk bath does not require additional installation works. During the operation of the acrylic liner, cracks appear in it after a time, in which various bacteria settle, which is a violation of the hygiene of the cuvette. Acrylic bathtubs do not have microcracks or pores, and nothing of the kind will happen to them.
Also, you can not allow the insert to be inserted erroneously, otherwise it will skew or swell. In addition, it is forbidden to use a plunger. So the superiority of the filling bath is obvious. The main thing is to know some of the nuances and do everything correctly and you will transform the existing piece of sanitary ware, and with it the bathroom.