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Is your kitchen dark and gloomy? Do you find it difficult to locate the things that you need to cook, bake or serve meals? If you are unhappy with the look or layout of your kitchen, a kitchen renovation is in order. One of the best decisions I have ever made was hiring a remodeling contractor to assist me with the renovation of my kitchen. This contractor had some great ideas for storage, organization and layout that I never would have thought of. If you are considering renovation work in your home, this blog can help you find ways that a remodeling contractor can help you make the most of the project.


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Three Things to Avoid When Refinishing Your Clawfoot Bathtub

Ronald Hayes

Cast iron, antique, clawfoot bathtubs have a glaze on the surface, which protects them from corrosion. Over time, the glaze can get chipped, scratched, and worn. If you are ready to refinish your old clawfoot tub to make it look new again, don't make these three mistakes.

Skip the Prep Step

Refinishing your clawfoot bathtub without first preparing the surface will cause unevenness in the glaze or problems with adhesion. Follow these steps for successful prepping:

  • Place putty in chipped areas on the tub and scrape off the excess with a putty knife.
  • Allow the putty to dry for a full 30 minutes.
  • Use a small, circular piece of fine grit sandpaper to sand the putty until it blends evenly into the tub.
  • Do not use a sanding block or a large piece of sandpaper, as this will cause rough spots in the smooth sections of the tub.

Identify all areas that have peeling glaze and sand them smooth as well. If you forgo this step, the glaze will not stick to the tub and it will soon peel off too.

Scrimp on the Glaze

When applying the glaze, brush it on evenly and smoothly. Apply at least three layers of glaze on the tub while letting each layer dry at least 30 minutes between applications. If only one layer of glaze is used, it will not take long before water and bathtub cleaners will cause the glaze to deteriorate, which exposes the metal and leads to rust spots.

Be careful not to glob the glaze on, especially on the interior portion of the tub, as this will cause the glaze to be darker in those areas after it dries. Open a window for ventilation and wear a protective face mask so you won't be breathing in fumes.

Use the Tub before the Glaze Cures

If you fill the tub with water before the glaze has completely cured, this will cause the glaze to wash off the tub and damage the finish. Wait at least 48 hours before using your clawfoot bathtub after refinishing. Refinish your bathtub at room temperature to keep the glaze from peeling off and for thorough drying.  

If you avoid making these three mistakes while refinishing your clawfoot tub, your project will turn out looking great. If you decide that you do not want to tackle this on your own, contact a professional bathtub refinishing company like Tub Solutions Inc to do the job for you.