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Old age tub gets ugly appearance: yellow enamel, dark, color irregularity occurs, rough surface, cracks, sometimes enamel coming off completely and opens rust. It's not a reason to throw out the bath and put a new one, because the very basis of cast iron bath whole, spoiled only covering, and it can be restored. Here I will discuss this reduction.
Originally an old bathtub looked like this:
Before painting the surface of the bath should be prepared - cleaned and degreased. Experimental method to select the best tool - emery stone and waterproof sandpaper silicon carbide. Perhaps no special nozzle and drill Stripping - this is a long and tedious. Better yet find tips, checked personally. Need to clean up the entire surface, it should be brushed to a new enamel better kept and does not fall off. After stripping need a good bath to wash off the sand and dust, dry and well-solvent wipe - degrease.
Older baths often have different chips, pits, cracks, to be repaired anything epoxy, such as "Epoksilinom torque" or "Poksipolom". With "Poksipolom" Be careful, its surplus to be removed entirely, because it falls ill enamel. After degrease again.
Respiratory protection when wiping with solvent I use a respirator with two charcoal filters.
For each color has its own instruction manual. I used the Finnish «TIKKURILA». According to the instructions you need to paint in two layers with an interval of 8-48 hours. You can enjoy in 7 days. Enamel is composed of two components - the very enamel and hardener. Mix half of the first layer in some capacity.
The primary means for applying paint - brush (be careful with it turns out), support for hard to reach places - a small brush.
When painting also use charcoal respirator, because the enamel is also based on some kind of solvent.
The first layer of enamel is laid.
Dark areas on the bottom of a little shine, but after drying they become much more noticeable shine.
After the first coat has found a lot of little holes that need to be epoxy paint over what I did.
Before applying the second layer are mixed a bit of enamel, which appeared to tint darker areas and newly plastered pits, gave the enamel several hours to dry. Then apply a second coat.
After this upgrade, and wanted to change the siphon:
Bolted to the tub will siphon after complete hardening the enamel in a week.
I've heard a lot of different reviews about this method of recovery bath, he tried for the first time. I read that you need to mix formulations with a great precision, I did not do it - prevented "by eye", but otherwise did not deviate from the technology. I will periodically write about the state of new enamel.
01/05/2013. Apply a second coat, and began to dry and harden, wait a week.
23.05.2013. The enamel is ready for use, but is still soft. At some places you can leave a mark, if push a nail. By the way, the trail is almost completely smoothed out in a few seconds - almost flattens the surface to its original condition. Probably hard as a rock, it will not be.
19/10/2014. More than a year has passed, nothing oblazit, not showered, enamel solid.