hi I need a bit of advice
I want to paint my shower base but am not quite sure what it is made of
it would be about 30 years old if not more
can I use White Knight tub and basin paint on it
as you can see by picture it is in pretty bad condition
replacing it is not an option
can anyone help
Welcome to the Workshop community @Max1. Many thanks for your question, I'd be happy to answer it for you.
White Knight 500ml White Tub And Basin Paint would be a great product to use on a 30-year-old shower base if it is vitreous enamel. What the shower base is made from is somewhat irrelevant as we are applying the product to the existing paint and not the base material itself.
My advice would be if you want to ensure great adhesion is to prep the surface. However, I highly recommend you invest in a 3m Instant Lead Test Kit 2 Swabs before following any instructions on prepping. If lead is present you should wear protective equipment such as long-sleeved gloves, a respirator, and disposable overalls. You should apply water whilst sanding to prevent dust. All the surrounding areas must be cleaned down thoroughly and the cleaning material disposed of.
Take a Flexovit 230 x 280mm 120 Grit Wet And Dry Sanding Sheet and scuff up the surface of the base. You do not need to sand it smooth, but rather scratch the whole surface to provide a key for the paint to bind into. Once the entire surface has been abraided, clean it down with sugar soap and rinse clean with fresh water. Allow to dry and follow the manufacturer's advice located on the packages for application.
I've used this product to rejuvenate an old bathtub that had multiple layers of lead-based paint. It was in terrible condition with flaking and powdery paint. This product has worked exceptionally well and I am very impressed with how well it has held up.
If you need any further advice or had questions, please let me know.
Hi @Max1 , was wondering if you've finished your shower base? Would love to see some pics here if you have.
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @WendyJane.
It's fantastic to have you join us and I'd also be interested in seeing the results if @Max1 has completed their project. We look forward to hearing about the projects you have going on around your house and garden. We'd also encourage you to let us know if you need any assistance or have something to share with the community.
Shower all finished not completely perfect but 100 percent better than what it was just wish I had time to give it a third coat but paint is only viable for 36 hours I even painted the drain which was cromeand pretty rusty used metal rust proof paint and it came up really good
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. It's wonderful to have you join us and we look forward to reading all about your projects and plans. I take it you are working on a bathroom renovation at the moment?
Could you please clarify which product you are looking for so we can assist? Was it the White Knight 500ml White Tub And Basin Paint? What is your nearest Bunnings store? If you could provide some more information, I'm sure we can help you find what you need.
Feel free to post anytime you need a hand with a project around the house and garden. We're here to help.