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Can you paint a bath?

Bathtub.jpgThere are two products that we stock which are suitable for painting bathtubs: Rust-Oleum Tub And Tile Refinishing Kit and White Knight 500ml White Tub And Basin Paint. Unfortunately, neither of these products can be tinted. The Rust-Oleum Tub And Tile Refinishing Kit is available in a couple of other colours that can be special ordered into stores. The Rust-Oleum website shows the other colours available. - MitchellMc


I worked the Paint Dept in Bunnings for nearly 10 years and have dealt with this question for many customers - some who were successful and some who were not. The key to a great job is to sand every (and I mean every) piece of gloss/shiny off that bath surface. It requires a lot of perseverance and attention to detail and this is the reason that the resurfacing usually fails - people run out of patience. Paint does not like sticking to a shiny surface, and being a bath, you can’t use a bonding primer. It’s also best to remove the fittings and, if possible, the drain insert. You’ll need a power sander. Also make sure you follow instructions about curing times, etc. The paint is a two-part epoxy - so needs time to fully cure before you can use it. Also never use a scourer or abrasive cleaning products on it afterwards.- Mathy


I've never attempted to paint a bath myself but I've seen and heard some good reports. I wouldn't discount painting a bath as an option but I'd definitely take the time to do it right and ensure the correct coating is applied. In a previous place I rented you could tell the bath had been repainted as there were some minor chips and the original green underneath was exposed. The entire house had had a makeover and you could tell it was done on the cheap so I'm assuming the effort put in probably wasn't at its highest. - aly

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