Instead of staring at a defected tub or unnecessarily buying a new one then just follow some of these simple steps in order to fix your faulty bathtub.
Things you will need:
- Epoxy resin
- Wet/dry sandpaper
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Gel coat enamel
- Applicator brush
- Tungsten carbide cutter
- First thing to do is make sure the tub you are repairing is thoroughly cleaned.
- Make sure the tub is also dry before actually starting your work. A good way to do this is by using a hairdryer to meticulously dry off the surface of the tub.
- Remember: Epoxy will NOT stick to a wet surface!
- Widen the crack in the tub and remove any rough spots using a tungsten carbide cutter.
- Make the chip/crack as smooth as possible. Remove all jagged edges to the blemish with a fine grit sandpaper.
- Now apply an epoxy filler. Fill it completely and use your applicator to remove any extra epoxy using your applicator tool.
- Let the epoxy dry and set up for 12 hours.
- Sand the epoxy with your wet/dry applicator.
- Now wet the fine grit sandpaper and sand the repair to a smooth finish.
- Now apply a smooth layer of gel coat enamel. (If the color of the enamel matches the color of your bathtub then the repair should remain fairly unnoticable.)
**With porcelain the repair process is similar with the only difference being that you use a enamel paint instead **
Follow these instructions and your porcelain/fiberglass bathtub should look the same as it did when it was brand new!