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Old 12-22-2010, 06:23 PM   #1
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Tough as Tile

Decided to paint the bathroom tub/sink area. I have 20 other things that are higher on the priority list but I just tossed that to the wind. Probably not smart. Already had a mishap with a derelict washcloth.

I am trying to document the process - hope the results are acceptable. I am thinking I should have sprayed it rather than brushing it. Dang, sometimes I just wonder what the eff I'm thinking... Maybe I'll switch for spray on the second coat. Wait until it's dry to see how good the leveling actually is....

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Old 12-22-2010, 06:42 PM   #2
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OK this should be fun..
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:04 PM   #3
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There's always sand paper........
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Old 12-23-2010, 11:35 AM   #4
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Yeah - so much fun that I just had to jump into it ... fairly unprepared....

Thankfully, sandpaper will help and I have a bin of it. Will undoubtably be using it...

Applied 2 coats of Tuff As Tile. The leveling wasn't as good as hoped - probably exacerbated by user deficiencies. I did not yet attempt the tub - just all the other surfaces. The gloss white finish is nicer than what I started with: yellowed and burnt by too many cig's set on the edge. Epoxy putty and sandpaper did eliminate the melted/burnt marks!

I will be able to step inside the bathroom with LESS distaste though. Guess that's ending on a positive note?

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Old 12-23-2010, 05:48 PM   #5
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Well done. A+ for initiative!
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Tough as tile worked great for me. Just wear a respirator.
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Epoxy painting sounds like an easy job. lol

Similar to my small job to replace the plastic toilet with a porcelain one, while having the toilet out it would be a good time to remove the carpet below it, carpet glue was easy to pull, including the back part where it was stapled, turns out AS not wanting to build a tight fit and knowing carpet covers gaps had 2 inch gaps in the underlying wood requiring rebuild, carpet started 4 inches back from front edge where there was tile and continued under the sink cabinet, naturally tile had to be removed, popping the tile off with no piece larger than 1 inch, found glue tougher than plywood, took off one layer of wood in places. This forum supplied the answer for getting the flange off, 2x2 with a couple of screws gave enough leverage to unscrew, seems like they didn't want a leak so had put roof sealant on 1 inch of thread, 11 yrs later and it still had pliability or it wouldn't have budged. Now all that is left is to put it together, build a new shelf, cover with formica, lay 11 tiles with 8 needing to be cut. Try to find some wood oak trim to match cabinet. Almost forgot install toilet, but first change fitting to match new toilet. Sure glad copilot didn't pick the electric toilet.
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Epoxy painting sounds like an easy job. lol

Similar to my small job to replace the plastic toilet with a porcelain one, while having the toilet out it would be a good time to remove the carpet below it, carpet glue was easy to pull, including the back part where it was stapled, turns out AS not wanting to build a tight fit and knowing carpet covers gaps had 2 inch gaps in the underlying wood requiring rebuild, carpet started 4 inches back from front edge where there was tile and continued under the sink cabinet, naturally tile had to be removed, popping the tile off with no piece larger than 1 inch, found glue tougher than plywood, took off one layer of wood in places. This forum supplied the answer for getting the flange off, 2x2 with a couple of screws gave enough leverage to unscrew, seems like they didn't want a leak so had put roof sealant on 1 inch of thread, 11 yrs later and it still had pliability or it wouldn't have budged. Now all that is left is to put it together, build a new shelf, cover with formica, lay 11 tiles with 8 needing to be cut. Try to find some wood oak trim to match cabinet. Almost forgot install toilet, but first change fitting to match new toilet. Sure glad copilot didn't pick the electric toilet.
Oh geeze Dave - I feel your pain. Funny how a seeminly simple task turns into an all-nighter --- or all-weeker. Cheers to you and your copilot!

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I had great results using a small foam roller applicator after I threw away the brush that came with the kit. The small section I used the brush on was horrible even after 2 coats.
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I had great results using a small foam roller applicator after I threw away the brush that came with the kit. The small section I used the brush on was horrible even after 2 coats.
Did you actually put on 3+ coats? The instructions strongly suggested not to apply more than 2 coats. And it says to use a natural bristle brush (which I purchased seperately) but they supply you with a worthless synthetic brush.

Maybe I'll be okay if I sand it down and apply a third coat with a roller... thanks for the tip.

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A couple before & after pics. I will finish the project when it warms up. And will proceed with a roller!

Plan to replace the broken vinyl insert with aluminum tape - adhered to strips of thin plastic that I acquired from dumpster diving. Fingers are crossed on the size being useable without needing to cut it down.

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Thanks Laura. If my wife see's this guess who will be doing this next. Very nice...
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Has any one used this before? The TAT website says that under normal use and cleaning that this product will last for up to 5 years. I am not sure about everyone else but I am looking for this look but no recurring maintenance. I must say that this looks incredible.
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Your bath looks GREAT! Did you paint the cabinet doors to match the white? I believe this will be a summer project for me and the hubby! I have the pale yellow flowered walls that I love but the bath is just so depressing with the aged yellowed sinks and tub. Plus there are stained rings from a glass all over the counters!
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