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Old 06-21-2018, 02:41 PM   #1
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I promised to report back on a lunatic idea. I had to paint a iron bathtub. I did not want epoxy. I never told you what I used BUT it has been close to a year now so I'll fess-up.

I used Tremclad Gloss White Rust Spray Paint. 4 coats, each spray coat was done very lightly and given 24 hours between sprays. I am happy to report the shower tub has been in daily use by 2 people and is holding up really well.

The reason for light spray rather than trying to coat it in two application was because the thinner the coat the tougher the finish. I knew it was a crazy idea but it really worked out and seems to be less inclined to damage or cracking than the epoxy mix. I would do this again!
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Thanks for the project report, Jennifer !
I am presently wrestling with a 1957 bathroom, complete with
the pink wall tile and built-in iron tub that is in deplorable condition.
removing the tub for replacement would entail a whole new tile job
on the walls. (really don't wanna go there).
what was your process prior to using the TremClad ?
sanding, acid wash, etc.
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Thanks for the project report, Jennifer !
I am presently wrestling with a 1957 bathroom, complete with
the pink wall tile and built-in iron tub that is in deplorable condition.
removing the tub for replacement would entail a whole new tile job
on the walls. (really don't wanna go there).
what was your process prior to using the TremClad ?
sanding, acid wash, etc.

Your tub sounds like the one I did. The tub I painted was all o.k. on the exterior side panel and the walls were inside were pretty OK, the problem was rust spots on the tub bottom. I scrubbed it well with comet first. Then I scrubbed it with wet & dry black sand paper 400 & 600. Rinsed it really well and let it dry out well, over-night. I masked the of the bathroom walls, including the shower/tub walls with paper and sheet plastic. I sprayed the tub, as noted, 4X with a day between sprays and in very light coats. I let it cure for 2 days before use.
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