As you know, you can replace the cast-iron bath, but it's quite expensive. In addition, do not forget about the laboriousness of this process, because the products of cast iron differ in their weight, and the installation of a new bath can not do without the destruction of the tile. A good option is the possibility to restore the old bath. This alternative has already received a lot of positive feedback.
Restoration of the old bath is done by applying acrylic paint, enameling and installing the liner from acrylic.
Restoration of old baths can be performed using various methods. It should be noted right away that the restoration process (whatever method you choose) is quite laborious, so if you decided to "refresh" the bath with your own hands, then be patient.
Methods of restoration
Today, baths can be restored in three ways. It's up to you to decide which one to give your preference to. Before making a final decision, it does not hurt to get acquainted with each of the methods separately.
Methods of restoration:
- Application of a new enamel layer (enameling).
- Installation of the liner from acrylic.
- Application of acrylic in liquid form (filling tank).
All of these recovery methods can achieve the original appearance. In doing so, they have their pros and cons.
Application of enamel layer
Stages of the restoration of the bath enamel.
This method of restoration of baths is the most budgetary. But this is not his only advantage. In order to apply a layer of enamel, the bath will not be dismantled, moreover, the bath does not need to be disconnected from the sewage system.
The technology of enamelling restoration consists in applying enamel to the surface of the container. The work is done by brush (it is important that the brush is of high quality). In some cases, sprayers are used.
How does the process of bath restoration work by applying the enamel yourself?
Before proceeding to enameling, the container must be carefully prepared. To this stage of work should be approached with all responsibility, since this will determine the outcome of your work.
The preparatory process begins with the cleaning of the surface. It is carried out with the help of abrasive cleaning powder (which does not have chlorine in its composition) and sandpaper. Many for this purpose use a drill (in this case a grinding wheel is required). With special attention should be paid to the areas on which the rusty raid had formed. Further, the cast-iron bath is thoroughly washed, after which it must be degreased. After that, the container should be warmed up (fill it with hot water for this purpose). After 5-7 minutes of warming, the bath will wipe well.
The next stage of the restoration of baths begins with the application of enamel. There is no need to hurry. Otherwise, streaks and bubbles may form on the surface. In order for the restoration to produce the desired effect, it is necessary to apply at least 2 layers.
Sequence of the restoration of the bath.
The service life will be longer if the restoration is done in 4 layers (interval - 10-15 minutes). The drying time of the enamel will depend entirely on the number of layers applied. As a rule, it takes at least a week.
Enamelling is restored using the following materials and tools:
- brush (made of natural hair);
- Abrasive cleaning powder (without chlorine);
- grinding wheel.
Liner from acrylic
This way of restoring the baths will cost more, since the liner is molded taking into account the individual size of the bath. Ready-made, pre-lubricated with a special glue liner is installed in a container (also pre-prepared). Further, its dimensions are adjusted in accordance with the level of the tile. A sealant (based on silicone) is applied throughout the joint. After docking the drain holes, the containers are permanently fixed. This restoration of the bath requires careful compliance with the technology.
After the restoration, the container is filled with cold water, so it must stand for 24 hours.
Only after that the bath is ready for use.
Materials and tools:
- acrylic liner;
- silicone-based sealant;
- special adhesive composition;
- brush (for applying glue);
- tool for adjusting the liner.
Application in liquid form
The restoration of the bath with acrylic paint is carried out in bulk.
Such repairs also require careful preparation of the surface. The technology of restoration consists in applying to the surface of the acrylic tank (in liquid form). In contrast to the first method, in this case the material is applied by filling.
The restoration of a "filling bath" is carried out in two main stages. First, prepare the surface in a way that is familiar to you. Do not forget that you should try: the more you make the gaps during cleaning, the better the new acrylic layer will hold. The service life of the "new" bath will also depend on the preliminary degreasing of the surface.
What is the process of restoring the bath with liquid acrylic?
Restoring the container by filling it follows from its upper part. To level the areas that are adjacent to the tile, use a spatula. On the sides liquid acrylic should be poured in such quantity that it easily drained from walls of a bath. The main condition for this method of restoration is uniform application of the layer. Next, proceed to the filling of the second layer, which starts from the middle of the rim. Thus, acrylic will cover the entire surface of the container. To smooth the material on the bottom, use a spatula. The thickness of the new layer should be from 5 to 10 mm.
After the restoration of the "filling tank" is completed, the container should stand for at least 4 days. This time is enough for acrylic to dry completely. Care for such a coating should be soft. Abrasive detergent for washing the bath is not recommended. Such a restoration will greatly extend the life of your bath.
List of necessary materials and tools for restoration using the "filling bath" method:
- liquid acrylic;
- Abrasive cleaning powder (without chlorine);
- grinding wheel;
- putty knife.
Scheme of bath installation.
Any of these methods of restoration will save a significant amount of money, unlike the purchase of a new product. But do not forget that the cost of each separate method is different. Therefore, before making a final decision, which of them should be given preference, it makes sense to learn about the relative difference between the methods of restoration.
As you already know, the least expensive is the method of applying liquid enamel. Pouring acrylic has a higher cost in relation to enamelling. The most expensive option is to install an acrylic liner.
Whatever method you apply, if you do it yourself, you will avoid unnecessary costs. The main thing is to act strictly according to the instructions, because the process of restoring the bath does not allow mistakes.
Any new coating of the bath requires a special approach. To wash the container it is desirable to use special means. Do not forget that the use of abrasive detergents damages the coating.
It is recommended to start filling the tank with cold water, then the temperature can be increased. Hot water can significantly damage the enamel coating.
In order to ensure that the life of the bath you have not disappointed, it is very important to provide proper care, which does not differ much from the care of a new bathroom with a primary layer of enamel.