Enamel bathtubs add such class and glamour to your bathroom. However, the presence of a scratch or chip on the surface can play down on the beauty of your tub. It is important to understand that for minor chips and scratches, and overall replacement of the enamel bath is not the most economic choice as stylish enamel baths are very costly. Cheaper options might not give the effect that you would appreciate giving what was initially present. You can fix such minor blemishes and damage by yourself with products that are readily available at the home improvement departments in stores. These products include kits containing enamel paints, sandpaper, spray paint, spatulas, etc.
Let’s consider different blemishes and undesirable changes to an enamel bathtub and how they can be addressed.
Rust Marks on Your Enamel Bath
Rust marks can affect the appearance of your bath and should be urgently attended to particularly when the damage is still at the surface. When left attended to, the rust can extend to the metal underneath. For superficial rust marks, applying a cleaning agent might be all you need to do. Products containing oxalic acid are very useful in eradicating rust stains. A homemade alternative is a mixture of salt and lemon juice. While the acidity of the lemon juice softens the rust, the salt’s abrasive effect removes it gently without leaving scratches. This mixture should be left to act on the surface for at least a day before being rinsed off. For more resilient rust stains, you could try diluted ammonia (2 tablespoons to 4 cups of water) or any trusted rust-removal product. There are some claims that bleach removes these rust stains. These are untrue as bleach can compound the issue. Therefore, avoid using bleach to remove enamel rust marks from your tub.
Cracks or chips can be deep enough to reveal the underlying metal. These kinds require more serious treatment. To fix this, you need an enamel repair kit that contains an epoxy resin. The fixing process involves first cleaning and drying the surrounding area. The cracked area should be smoothened with sandpaper before filling the crack with prepared epoxy. The epoxy should be applied in layers whilst allowing each preceding layer to dry before applying the next. Take care that the repaired area is smooth and aligns with the rest of the tub surface. Finally, finish with a glaze that matches the surface of your tub.
Scratches and chips
These are usually minor but visible hence the need to take care of them. Baking soda does a fine job removing light scratches. Dab the cracked surface with a wet sponge and leave it n place for some three minutes to let the powder see into the crack. Then you rinse it off. You will need to do this some 2 to 5 times till you get your desired result. Fine pore pumice stone is also a great alternative. You first soak it in water then run the stone consistently over the scratch for 30 to 60 seconds. Then you press it down lightly on the crack before wiping off excess liquid and powder to view the result. Touch up glaze is useful for deeper chips and scratches which are minor. Ensure that you choose a matching color For more severe damages and wearing over a wider area, you will require the services of a professional. This is because the process involves the use of toxic chemicals and specialized skills. Please view service locations here: Pasadena, Pearland, Richardson, Round Rock, San Angelo, San Antonio, Temple, Baytown.