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Repairing a Hole in a Bathtub

I need to know how to fix a tub drain. I have a rust spot (hole) near the drain cover. Can a larger cover and gasket be purchased to go over this? Or is there a compound (fiberglass) that can permanently fill the hole and allow me to use the same cover?


By Don from Cohoes, NY

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April 13, 20100 found this helpful

Difficulty: Easy

Things You'll Need:

Putty knife

Automotive body filler



Step 1: Determine how large your hole is. If the hole is larger than 3 inches by 3 inches, it will be difficult to patch, and you should consider replacing the tub. However, if your hole is still manageable, you can begin by applying the body filler over the entire hole.

Step 2: Leave the body filler to cure for anywhere from six to twelve hours, depending on the size of the hole.

Step 3: Go back and file over the hole with sand paper to make it feel like a natural part of your bathtub. After sanding and removing all excess automotive body filler, paint the entire patch with a color that matches your bathtub.

Use a tub and tile refinishing paint or use a fiberglass paint.

Your bathtub should look as good as new in as little as seven hours of your spare time.

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