The fiberglass barrel around can become dull or stained after years of use. Re-gluing or repainting to bring the surround back to life. Replacing a bathtub surround can be expensive and labor-intensive. A bathtub surround can look like new with a little work and a few supplies. The fiberglass is painted with a gel coat, which is a color-tinted fiberglass resin. All painting supplies can be found at your local shipping or home improvement store.
Use a scrub brush and tub cleaning solution to clean the tub surround. Remove all soap build-up and dirt from the surrounding surface. Rinse the surround with clean water.
Remove all removable fixtures from the bathtub surround.
Sand the entire surface using fine-grit sandpaper and a palm sander. Sandwich the surface until it is smooth and completely scratched.
Use a rag and acetone to remove all dirt from the tub surface.
Mask the tub’s surrounding walls and all fixtures with painter’s tape. Use old sheets to cover any toilets or cabinets around the bathtub. Protects against overspray while painting.
Mix the gel coat and hardener as directed on the container. Mix the gel coat thoroughly using a small bucket and chopsticks.
Put the gel coat in the spray gun and spray it into the tub surround. Apply the first coat in a thick mist and start to harden. When it starts to harden, cover the tub surround tightly and add a second coat to the surface. Let the coat harden and put on a third light coat. Treat until the gel coat hardens.
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