Repairing Clawfoot Tubs

Because clawfoot bathtubs are so beautiful and also because we spend thousands of dollars purchasing the one we love and the proper fixtures to allow them to work we do everything we can to make sure that nothing will happen to them. However, things will happen and over the years wear and tear can damage it no matter how much we try to take good care of it.

If you clean them on a regular basis then you should not have to worry about rust or mildew staining your smooth tub or damaging the pipes. One thing you may have to worry about are chips and dents that will break the smooth surface and often cause us to worry. We could always hire someone to fix it for us or we can do it ourselves with a simple repair kit.

The repair kit usually does not cost more than $30 and is easy enough for people to use. Even people who have never fixed any type of clawfoot bathtubs before in their life. All you need to do is have the proper materials at hand and to follow the instructions.

  • The majority of repair kits will come with a porcelain filler and touch up glaze that will help to repair the inside or even outside of the bathtub. Before placing the filler on the damaged area you need to brush away any particles that are loose and sitting on top of it. Porcelain can be quite sharp so you should be wearing thick gloves and have a vacuum to take in all of the pieces.
  • Clean the are thoroughly and dry it off. Do not use any type of cleaner that will leave a soapy or even oily residue in its wake. Some manufacturers believe that the best thing you could use is acetone.
  • After shaking the filler up well you will apply it to the damaged area using a putty knife. It is ok to go a little bit beyond the area to make sure you have covered it evenly and completely. Let the filler sit for 15 to 30 minutes to allow it to dry.
  • After the time is finished you need to sand the area down with a 220 grit or smoother sand paper. Sand it until the filler is flush with the part of the porcelain that is not damaged. Make sure not to sand the areas that are not damaged because it can cause scratches.
  • Once you have finished this step you will need to clean the area once again an dry it. Afterwards you will be able to use the paint to touch it up and make it look as good as new. You may have to use more then one coat to make sure that it is covered completely and evenly.