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Old 05-04-2012, 09:51 AM   #1
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Paint for tub and plastic surround

Has anyone painted their tub and plastic surround?

I have see the DIY show where they use a two part epoxy to paint the tub and surround. However, I am having a difficulty finding it.

Anyone have suggestions?
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Has anyone painted their tub and plastic surround?

I have see the DIY show where they use a two part epoxy to paint the tub and surround. However, I am having a difficulty finding it.

Anyone have suggestions?
You can also use top quality automotive paints, which is not ruined by water.

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Old 05-04-2012, 10:12 AM   #3
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If you use the Search function on this site using phrases like "refinish tub", "paint bathtub", etc. you should find several posts on this subject. I can remember folks using Tough as Tile (like me), Krylon fusion, and some more advanced products like 2-part epoxy's that are commonly used in the marine industry. The first two products are sold in big-box stores and the second in a marine store.

Here's just a few of the threads I found using the Search function:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...rts-12563.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f446...tub-78428.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...oom-36072.html

Good luck and be sure to take before & after photos!

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Old 05-04-2012, 10:31 AM   #4
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I am doing the same thing right now, since my tub is fiberglass, am looking around for gelcoat finishes, even talking to boat shops for possibly letting them do the painting. I am still investigating what to use on the ABS plastic stuff that goes from tub to floor.
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I did ours last winter with "Tough As Tile". It is a 1 step epoxy. A bit hard to paint on and the fumes will do you in so good venting is important. It also takes at least 72 hours to cure and must me kept warm the entire time (72 degrees or more). This is the only pic I have after the job was complete.
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:42 AM   #6
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I did ours last winter with "Tough As Tile". It is a 1 step epoxy. A bit hard to paint on and the fumes will do you in so good venting is important. It also takes at least 72 hours to cure and must me kept warm the entire time (72 degrees or more). This is the only pic I have after the job was complete.
That's awesome.

Did you paint the tub after it was done or are you referring to paint the tub with the tough as tile?
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:48 AM   #7
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cford - did not mean to confuse. "Tough As Tile" is the paint. I painted our original bathroom with it, even over the cracks. It looks like it is new.
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:02 PM   #8
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Your photo of the bathroom looks great.

My tub and lavatory on my 66 TW are looking every bit of 46 years old. Fortunately they are in good shape with no significant cracks.

How did you apply the epoxy?

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I did ours last winter with "Tough As Tile". It is a 1 step epoxy. A bit hard to paint on and the fumes will do you in so good venting is important. It also takes at least 72 hours to cure and must me kept warm the entire time (72 degrees or more). This is the only pic I have after the job was complete.
It looks great! Did you remove the bathroom then paint it or paint it will it was still assembled?

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You can also use top quality automotive paints, which is not ruined by water.

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A suggestion for after you paint…

Wax your tub/shower enclosure every so often, using automotive wax. I got the idea from a book on sailboat maintenance. Don't wax the surfaces you'll stand or step on, but everything else that's exposed to water.

I did this on the fiberglass wet bath in my Interstate right after I bought the vehicle. Makes post-shower cleanup so easy, when the water beads up and rolls off the walls. I use Turtle Wax Ice Spray Detailer, available at my local Pep Boys.
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I used a Por 15 two stage product called WHITECOAT. 5 or 6 years later the finish is still porcelain hard and white.

See the result in post #10 on this thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...ice-77238.html

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TouringDan - I just painted everything right in place. Tough As Tile epoxy paint is sold by Homax. orders.homaxproducts.com/
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I used a 2 part epoxy from Sherwin-Williams made for bathroom tiles called Tile Doc. I had to thin it a little to get it flow using a PREVAL spray kit (it is a make your own spray can system you can get at NAPA or Sherwin Wiliams). I used it on the plastic lavatory and the fiberglass tub in my 68 Trade Wind. The fumes are bad, a good breathing mask designed for volatile fumes is a must. If you make a mistake and have a run, you can wait until is cures, wet sand the spot and re-shoot it. I did that in a couple of places and they blended perfectly. We have been very happy with the durability so far.
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It's been 4 1/2 years since this thread was active but I wanted to see how the Tough as Tile paint job held up? Have a shower surround that has discolored & want to paint it. Not sure if the surround is fiberglass or plastic though. And Does that matter? Any feedback is really appreciated.

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