How to paint an old bath

Any of us knows firsthand what the repair of an apartment is. Basically, it is conceived in order to refresh the contaminated room.

Bath before and after painting

With a roller and acrylic paint, you can restore the old bath so that it looks new.

Everyone knows that the bathroom is losing its fresh state in a short time. This is due to the increased level of humidity inside the room due to the large amount of fumes that the ventilation system does not always handle.

In such conditions, the plumbing wears out fairly quickly and the bathtub is no exception. To restore her former appearance, you need the right approach and consideration of certain factors.

Bathroom painting tools

To paint the bath you will need a roller, a special paint and an electric drill with a grinding nozzle.

If there is a necessary amount of material savings, there is a variant of replacing the bath with a new one. But in most cases, the renovation of plumbing requires a redevelopment of the premises with the possible reinstallation of other elements. This process is quite laborious, besides, it implies additional monetary costs. Normal refreshment of the room may well lead to a complete overhaul of the bathroom.

Most residents of high-rise buildings have a cast-iron bath, which is considered durable due to its anti-corrosion properties. Of course, this plumbing does not want to throw out because of small defects and yellowing. For this reason, the best solution will be a complete restoration of the bath, which includes preparatory and painting works.

Materials and tools that will be required for painting the bath:

  • special composition for painting baths;
  • solvent;
  • electric drill or grinder;
  • cleaning agent with alkali;
  • a metal brush or sandpaper;
  • household hair dryer.

Paint selection

When choosing a suitable paint, it is necessary to take into account that for a bath of cast iron or other material a special kind of dye is required. The use of paint used for other purposes is unacceptable.

Scheme of abrasive treatment of the bath before painting

Scheme of abrasive treatment of the bath before painting.

Bath paint is made by the following manufacturers:

  1. Dulux.
  2. Tikkurila.
  3. Jobi.

Today, Dulux is a leading manufacturer in the field of paint and varnish making. The best option for coloring the bathroom is the Dulux Realife Kitchen and Bathroom paint.

Tikkurila is a well-known Finnish brand. The company produces a wide range of dyes, among which there are entire systems of painting plumbing. It is recommended to use the Luja system, which consists of a primer coat, insulating moisture, and the paint itself (a semi-gloss or semi-matte option is available).

Jobi - widely known in the European market of German-made paint. It is recommended by most specialists, since it combines high quality and average cost. For sanitary engineering, it is best to use Jobi Wasch Fest dye, which is stable and washable. With its help you can paint hard-to-reach elements in rooms with complex layout.

Restoration of the bath with acrylic paint

The restoration of the bath with acrylic paint is carried out in bulk.

The simplest varieties of paint have a low resistance to moisture, which is combined with a low level of adhesion. Their use can lead to the withdrawal of paint from the coating after a short time after application. To avoid this result, it is necessary to use a special paint, designed for baths made of cast iron. It consists of a special composition based on 3 components.

All components are mixed before applying the paint on the surface, which will need to be prepared. After coating, allow the paint to dry. This process is accompanied by the evaporation of the solvent contained in its composition. In other words, chemical calcination of the applied mixture takes place.

To date, the market for building materials offers a variety of colors for bath dyes, among which, besides whites, there are also blue and light green tints. Such colors are chosen not only for the purposes of decorating the interior, but also for masking the yellowed areas.

Preparatory work

After successful selection of a suitable dye, it is necessary to prepare a bath for staining. This procedure is performed in several stages.

Stages of the restoration of the bath enamel

Stages of the restoration of the bath enamel.

First of all, it is necessary to degrease the treated coating and remove lime rust. Cleaning is carried out with the help of usual detergents with the presence of alkali in the composition. After peeling off the worn coating, it will be necessary to degrease the surface once again.

To check if the bath has been cleaned properly, you just need to moisten the coating. Uniform wetting without formation of streams and drops of water indicates the required level of degreasing.

After this, it is necessary to scrape off the old enamel coating. This is done either completely or by removing only the outer layer, which results in a rough surface.

Enamel coating is removed by a special device, which is equipped with abrasive devices. For example, an electric drill or grinding equipment.

It is worth noting that the use of the above tools will require compliance with safety regulations, so you need to prepare special glasses, a respirator and protective gloves.

Hard-to-reach areas will be difficult to handle with an electric drill, so they are recommended to use hand tools (a brush with metal nails or emery).

Carrying out painting

Sequence of application of the enamel coating of the bath

The sequence of application of the enamel coating of the bath.

It is necessary to thoroughly clean the treated coating and wash off all contamination, and then allow it to dry.

To speed up this process, you can use a hair dryer to dry your hair. The dried coating must be primed and applied to the paint.

Before starting the restoration of an old bath, it is important to lock all ventilated openings, windows and doors indoors for 5 hours. This will prevent the formation of dust on the treated surface.

Experts recommend keeping the room isolated for 24 hours. This will eliminate the negative effect of temperature, which often changes during airing.

In addition, the humidity level will also remain unchanged, which will promote uniform drying of the painted surface.

Coloring recommendations

There is no single correct answer to the question of whether it is necessary to restore the bath itself. This process has its own nuances, non-observance of which may cause the plumber to become unusable. If you are confident in your abilities or you have a desire to experiment, you can safely embark on repainting. Thus, you will be able to save money and refresh the bathroom.

Regardless of the purpose of the painting, you need to remember that the bath can only be treated with special dyes. The use of conventional paints (oil, alkyd, etc.) is unacceptable, since they can damage the surface.

At the same time, we should not forget that not all baths can be restored. For example, cracks and other defects of a similar nature will remain even after repainting. Staining is most often required to hide the yellowed areas of the bath.

It is no secret that it is not possible to give the surface to be treated an ideal novelty. For this reason, before starting the dyeing process, you need to take into account that this procedure should be done every few years. This will keep the bath clean by updating its appearance.

If you do not want to risk and are afraid to spoil the surface of the bath, it is recommended to entrust all work to qualified specialists.

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