How To Refinish Your Bathtub

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An unsightly bathtub can make your bathroom look less than beautiful. Even if you try to hide it with a pretty shower curtain, that bathtub can still bring down the appeal of your bathroom. Taking it out and replacing it may not be an option for you, but, if your bathtub is still in good shape, you can refinish it to give it a new and updated look. The best part is you can try your hand at refinishing it yourself at home. See below for a few bathtub refinishing tips.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Sandpaper (400 - 600 grit)
  • Screwdriver
  • Utility knife and razor blade
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Scrub brushes
  • Paintbrush/rollers
  • Bathtub refinishing kit
  • Painter's tape


  1. You'll start by taking out the old bathtub hardware, including the drain and drain switch. These will leave dirt behind, but that's OK, as your next step is cleaning the tub. Also take out any old caulking from around the tub. You want a clean space to work with. Use the razor blade to help remove any caulking that is stuck on the tub.
  2. Use your bathroom cleaner and clean your bathtub like never before. Pay special attention to the drain area and remove rust spots with a rust removing cleaner.
  3. Take the sandpaper and sand down the entire bathtub, including the top and outside areas. When finished, rinse the tub out and wipe it dry.
  4. Once it's dry, you can tape off the edges of the bathtub. Tape around the top edge and the front near the floor.
  5. Using the refinishing kit, follow the manufacturer's directions to prep the paint. Then begin cutting in the refinishing paint around the edges of the tub with a paintbrush.
  6. Use the roller to go over the rest of the bathtub. 
  7. Allow the first coating to dry, and add a second coating if necessary.

To give the face of your bathtub a new look, instead of using the refinishing kit on the front, you can use air stone. Air stone is a lightweight stone-looking material that is very easy to install. You can find it at most larger hardware stores. You can also add beadboard to the face of your bathtub along with trim to give it a built-in look.

Refinishing your bathtub can be done yourself, but does take some work. Contact a professional refinishing company like Carefree Koatings for more tips or to have your bathtub refinished by a professional if this seems like too much work for you.


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When I was in college, I lived in an old house just south of the university campus with five other girls. When we came back from Christmas break, the heater was broken. The beginning of January was the coldest time of the year, and because it was the weekend, the heating company couldn't come fix it for a few days. My roommates and I pulled our mattresses into the front room and slept all together to keep warm. Two weeks later, our heater broke again! That time we ended up getting a completely new furnace. Needless to say, we got to be good friends with the heating contractor that month, and it was a good experience that led to the creation of this blog.