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Painting a Bathtub

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Bathtubs are expensive and difficult to replace. One thing you can do to get more life out of your tub is to paint it. This is a guide about painting a bathtub.


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November 2, 2010

I would like to spray paint my bathtub with paint for porcelain. How do I do it? Someone had painted it with what looks like regular paint and it's been chipping off in different spots. It looks ugly.

By bertha from Westland, MI


November 2, 20100 found this helpful
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Years ago when my husband and I owned our second home, we hired a professional to refinish an old worn porcelain tub. Please don't try and refinish it yourself, call someone to do it for you. The chemicals and special spray paint that they use are very harmful to your lungs. Don't gamble with your life and health to try and save a few extra bucks, it's not worth it. Look up bathtub refinishing in the yellow pages of your local phone book.

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September 18, 20130 found this helpful

I would like to spray paint my bath tub; it's enamel. What paint do I use?

By Joanne


October 6, 20130 found this helpful

This doesn't seem like a good idea to me, unless you can get it done (which would require removing it) at an automotive paint shop.

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January 22, 20150 found this helpful

I think you should go for spray paint. It would be good for the bathtub and you can turn it into a diy task.

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November 2, 20100 found this helpful

I would like to know how to paint a fiberglass bathtub.

By lorin r crawford from Dover, Delasare


Painting a Bathtub

This is not a DIY project, as it involves heavy chemicals to do it right. For about $350, you can have a company come in and spray it and it will look like new. Check under bathtub refinishers. (12/17/2009)


By Allison

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December 11, 20090 found this helpful

I have a question in regards to painting on plastic. I recently purchased an old house that has a plastic liner for my bath tub. It is all stained with rust and I would like to paint over this until I can afford to replace it.

Could you give me any pointers, that might help me to cover the plastic and paint it with water resistant paint. If you know of a product that you believe would work, I would appreciate knowing where I could purchase it. I live near Indianapolis, Indiana, if there is someone near here. Thank you.



Painting a Bathtub

While I've never painted a bathtub, I can tell you we have painted several of the children's plastic outside toys with Fusion spray paint. It really does stay on well even through the season changes and weather. So I would expect it to work for you as well. They have it at Home Depot and Lowe's, probably even Wal-Mart.



By Tiffany Leasure

Painting a Bathtub

I've always painted my bathtubs, because I like color. It's no big deal. Walmart has a two-part bathtub epoxy, and you can have the paint department tint it any color you want. Just clean, sand the surface of the tub a little, make sure it's really dry, (wait a day or so). Then paint it with a brush. It'll be dry in an hour or so, and ready to use in a couple of days. It does get dull after a few years, but by then you might be in the mood for a new color anyway. So as long as the tub is really cleaned and sanded, you can paint it.

*By the way, I also painted my roof shingles, no primer, regular water-based paint. It's not peeling or anything, after several years. Beware of "experts" telling you that something can't be done. (08/29/2009)


By Dave Fisher

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May 29, 20090 found this helpful

Before repainting a bathtub must the shower doors and faucet be removed?

By Teresa Durflinger from Lake Charles, LA


Painting a Bathtub

To do a good job, the shower doors should be removed, but if you tape newspaper to the glass and put tape on everything else that doesn't get paint, it would make painting more difficult, but is possible.
As for removing faucets, etc. Just make sure they are covered with tape and all should be well. (05/05/2009)

By Joy

Painting a Bathtub

I agree with "Amuk". It's best if you do remove everything and it will turn out better, but you don't have to. But what you do have to do is have a totally, spotlessly, grease-free, and very clean bathtub (so the paint will stick). You also need clean hands with no lotion on them because oil is not your friend. If it were me, not only would I clean that tub with the cleanser recommended, I'd wipe the whole tub down with a clean rag and rubbing alcohol.


This should be done right before you paint it. The alcohol will remove any left-over residue.

But if it were me, I would not paint my tub. This is because you can buy a brand new Fiberglas tub for under $150! Or you can buy a nice used bathtub at a salvage yard for half that price. All you need is the measurements of your original tub and know if the faucet is on the right or on the left hand side. You'd then remove the old tub then put the new one in. Lastly I'd then hire a plumber (or a friend) to connect the fixtures. A fiberglass tub will be easier, cheaper, and lighter to install.

Open windows for good ventilation and make sure it's warm enough so the paint sets properly. (05/06/2009)

By Cyinda

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May 5, 20090 found this helpful

Can I paint a bathtub?

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February 3, 20090 found this helpful

Can you paint an old bathtub? If so, what type of paint do you use, and how do you do it?

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October 28, 20080 found this helpful

My husband and I recently purchased a house and the bathtub is an olive green. We replaced the toilet to a nice white one.

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