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Paint a claw foot bathtub

If you love the romantic style of a claw foot bathtub and are lucky enough to find one at a salvage yard or online, more often than not you will need to restore or paint the bathtub before installation. In this article we provide some tips on painting a rusty claw foot bathtub.

 

Unless you buy a claw foot bathtub that has already been restored - and usually far more expensive - a salvaged claw food bathtub will require some TLC before you can place it in a bathroom. Over on 702parkproject.com a claw foot bathtub was restored using products that aren't available locally, but there are products that you can use to restore and paint a claw foot bathtub.

You normally come across claw foot bathtubs that are in a terrible state. They are rusty and covered with peeling paint. However, if the rust hasn't eaten through the metal you can repair and restore. Treat signs of rust with Rust-Oleum Rust Stripper before sanding down with 60-, 120- and 240-grit sanding paper in that order. Wipe clean after sanding.

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Follow the instructions when using Rust-Oleum Rust Stripper. Work in a well-ventilated space and don rubber gloves and safety glasses (to protect from splashes).

Apply Rust-Oleum Rusty Metal Primer spray over the exterior surface of the tub. Work outdoors or in a well-ventilated space when applying the space, and cover floors with a drop cloth or newspaper to protect from overspray. Shake the can well before use and follow the instructions on the can.

After applying Rust-Oleum Rusty Metal Primer spray you can paint in your choice of colour using one of the Rust-Oleum Gloss Enamel sprays. There are 40 colour choices for Rust-Oleum Gloss Enamel sprays, as well as 4 metallic options if you want to add a glamour finish to your new tub!

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