Even the most high-quality sanitary ware loses its attractiveness over time: the gloss is erased, microcracks and hard-to-remove streaks of rust appear. Replacement of the bathroom entails considerable expenditure and is often accompanied by repair of the whole room, which takes a lot of time. To avoid this and save money, you can update the bathroom yourself using modern methods.
To save a lot on buying a new bath, it can be restored with the help of enamel, acrylic or acrylic liner.
In most of the apartments there are enamelled baths made of cast iron or steel. After 10 years of use of such baths, the enamel wears out and requires restoration. At home, the technology of restoring the coating is quite simple: the surface must be prepared and hand-applied with enamel. To perform the work you will need:
- cleaning powder;
- liquid for rust conversion;
- degreasing liquid;
- dense napkin without lint;
Apply at least 4 layers of enamel. Complete drying of enamel is carried out within a week.
For a better coating enamel, you need to take not a simple, but a two-component, complete with which is a hardener. Instead of a sprayer, brushes with natural bristles can be used, and sandpaper replaces the grinding wheel attached to the electric drill. All work should be carried out in goggles, a respirator and gloves, because during the polishing in the eyes can get small particles of the old coating, and evaporation from enamel and chemical liquids is very harmful to health.
The process of restoration begins with the preparation of the surface: the inside of the bath is covered with an abrasive powder and the old enamel is thoroughly cleaned with sandpaper. If there are areas damaged by rust, they are abundantly moistened with a special liquid and leave for 30 minutes, after which they are sanded with sandpaper. When the entire surface is treated, the old enamel is rinsed off with water so that not a single crumb remains, and then wiped with a dense napkin without lint dipped in a degreaser.
The more thoroughly the old coating is cleaned, the more the new will lie, so give this process maximum attention.
Restoration of the bath with the aid of the liner is considered to be the most laborious and expensive method, without which the help of a specialist can not be avoided.
The next stage of restoration is the application of enamel. First, the bath is filled with hot water for 10 minutes so that the material is warmed up properly, then the water is drained, the walls and the bottom of the bath are thoroughly wiped with a lint-free cloth. The enamel is mixed with the hardener according to the manufacturer's instructions and then applied uniformly over the entire surface. The instructions indicate the drying time of the enamel, so the next layer can only be applied after this time has elapsed. Two layers are enough to restore the bath, to use the same it is recommended days after 7 after recovery.
This method of restoring baths does not require special skills and is available to everyone. As practice shows, the new coverage is enough for 6-7 years with careful use, then this recovery can be repeated. There is also a more modern method that allows to increase the lifetime of the bath in half, and it is based on the use of liquid acrylic.
Coating with acrylic
In the restoration of baths in this way, a very durable and durable coating is formed, the thickness of which is 6 mm at the bottom and 4 mm on the walls. The material used for restoration consists of high-quality acrylic and a special hardener, which form an incredibly dense film when mixed. This material was created specifically for the restoration of sanitary ware and was called stakril. Thanks to the individual properties of the stakryla, the technology of its application is very simple and convenient, and anyone can cope with such work.
Restoration of the bath with liquid acrylic is the most convenient and qualitative method, since the substance fills all cracks and chips, which creates a smooth and even bath surface.
Surface preparation is carried out in the same way as with enameling, so the improvised means are the same:
- cleaning powder;
- шлифовочный круг или sandpaper;
- dense napkin.
After thoroughly cleaning and flushing the surface, replace the siphon under the sink of the bath with a suitable container, into which excess material will flow. Now prepare according to the manufacturer's instructions the working mixture and slowly pour it onto the upper edge of one of the walls of the bath. When the jet of the stakryla drops to the center, you can move the container further along the perimeter. Do this very smoothly, so that the material is evenly distributed throughout the surface.
After passing one circle, you should start anew, but not from the top, but from the middle of the bath. Interrupt the restoration process is impossible, otherwise the coating will be uneven. To stakrila enough for the entire area, you must immediately mix it in a large container. Saving here is also not appropriate: too thin layer of material can not form a strong coating and will serve much less. So do not be afraid to pour a lot, let it be better the excess flows into the drain hole.
It takes about 4 days to polymerize the new coating, although there are stakriel grades drying out in a day. The longer the material dries, the better the coating becomes - always consider this when restoring the baths. If the technology is met, the restored plumbing will last at least two decades without losing its attractiveness.
Using the liner
Sometimes for the restoration of baths use special inserts, which are made in the factory under the order. This method is quite expensive, and therefore not too common. At home, restoration with the liner does not require much effort. First, the inner surface of the bath is well cleaned and treated with a degreaser, and then insert the liner, gently combining the drainage holes. If necessary, the material is cut along the line of the lining so that all the details of the bath look harmonious against the background of the walls. Next, the adjacent surfaces are covered with a special adhesive composition and pressed against each other, and the joints are treated with silicone for maximum sealing.
The final stage of the restoration is filling the bath with cold water for a day. After 24 hours, the water can be drained and used as intended. Restored in this way, plumbing is about a decade, and with careful care even longer. Regardless of what restoration methods you have chosen, it is still cheaper than buying a new plumbing and installing it. In addition, such work can be done independently, saving on the call of a specialist, and your bathroom will be no worse than a new one.