My Bathroom Makeover [Part 6]: Who Knew You Could Paint a Bathtub?

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Hey everyone! My bathroom is sooooo close to being finished. I can’t believe how different it looks!

Today I’m sharing about how I painted my bathtub. That’s right, I completely refinished my tub with paint! Not just any paint though. I used Klenk’s Epoxy Enamel, which, unfortunately, isn’t on Amazon (I’ve heard great things about Rustoleum’s version of this product though, which you can find here!).

First, I had to prep the tub. I had already removed all the silicone caulking when I did the walls, so I didn’t have to worry about that. I took out the overflow valve cover and the drain cover and cleaned them as well as I could.

The water was already turned off because my sink was taken apart to paint the vanity (I only have one water shut off valve in my house, so I had to turn everything off to do anything). Even if you don’t have a leaky bathtub faucet, I recommend turning your water off if you’re painting your bathtub to avoid getting it wet and ruining it.

Next I used Klenk’s tub and tile prep kit to clean the bathtub. I didn’t take pictures between each of these steps, but you can see them here, in my epoxy enamel shower surround post. First was the deglosser, which was a gritty mud that I scrubbed the surface with. I used a bucket of water to rinse it off. Next I used TSP to clean the tub even more. Then I rinsed with a bucket again. Lastly, I wiped the surface with epoxy paint thinner (wear a respirator!). Now it was (finally!!) ready to paint.

Here’s how it looked (you’ll notice there’s a bit on the right that’s already painted because I forgot to take a before picture, as usual):

The tub was clearly pretty old. Even after all that scrubbing, it still had a ring around it and lots of splotches. I’ll admit, a lot of that was from me washing dirty paint rollers and brushes in there and not cleaning it afterwards. Oops.

I mixed the two parts of epoxy together and left them for one hour, as the directions said to. Then I put on my respirator and got to work.

I used a high density foam roller and a paint tray. Epoxy is super thin and watery, so you have to use very thin coats or it’ll drip. It’s also self-levelling (to an extent), so it turns out to have a gorgeous, smooth finish.

Here’s how it looked after one coat:

I left it for a little over two hours, then went back in to put on a second coat. I rolled in the opposite direction as the first coat to make sure it was covering evenly.

Here’s after two coats:

I still had lots of epoxy left, so I waited for another two hours, then went back to put a third coat on. And here’s how it turned out:

I’m thrilled with how it looks!

I left the epoxy to cure for a week, then I used Frog Tape around the edges so I could redo the silicone caulking. The trick to getting nice, clean edges is tape!

I used regular white silicone caulk from Canadian Tire (here’s a link to a similar kind from Amazon, as well as a caulk gun, which you’ll need to apply the caulk). I didn’t use a spreading tool because I find it works best to use a finger instead.

Here’s why tape is a good idea:

I went around the tub in sections, squeezing caulk on and smoothing it out. Then I pulled off all the tape and here’s how it looks:

Looks like new to me! The epoxy seems pretty durable, so I have high hopes that it’ll last a long time. I’ll do an update post later on to let you know how it’s holding up.

I can’t believe how much brighter my bathroom looks now that there’s so much white in there. I’m so close to finishing it! Next up: painting those baseboards!

Would you ever paint your bathtub? Share in the comments!

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