Refinishing Clawfoot Bathtubs

Clawfoot bathtubs are considered to be some of the most unique and beautiful types of bathtubs that you can have in your home. Over time though things might happen – which will cause the paint to chip. When this happens it causes the value of the bathtub to drop and it will be less appealing then when we first purchased it.

However, there are ways in which we are able to refinish it so that it can look almost as good as new. It can be a long process so you want to make sure that you have plenty of space to work in and time to get it all done.

  • You will first need to disconnect the clawfoot bathtub from the plumbing and move it into an area that is well ventilated. The garage would be best because you won’t have to worry about getting any paint on the floor.
  • Wearing special gloves and goggles you will need to apply the special Acid Etch cleaner on the very top edges on the bathtub and allow it to run down the sides of it. Use a 240 grit sandpaper and scour it while scrubbing the cleaner into the bathtub. Once you have finished this you need to rinse it off.
  • While the clawfoot tub is still wet you will need to apply the degreaser. Once it is completely covered with this you will be able to use sandpaper or a scouring pad to scrub the surface of it. Rinse when finished.
  • Spray a light coating of adhesive to the surfaces that you wish to repaint. Parts the of surface that do not need any touching up should be covered. The adhesive helps the paint to stick well and bond to the surface of the tub. Wait ten to fifteen minutes.
  • Apply the primer to the tub. You may need anywhere between one to three coats of primer. Between each coat you have to wait at least fifteen minutes.
  • After the last coat of primer is dry you will be able to apply the paint. Again you may have to apply more than one coat and will need to wait at least fifteen minutes in between.