To Reglaze Claw Foot Bathtub
In this article, we will discuss how to reglaze claw foot bathtub.
This is a classic antique claw foot bathtub with beautiful eagle claws holding a egg as the feet. Found in a brownstone in Harlem the owner discovered the bathtub in his backyard being employed as a flower pot. He was not sure what he could do to restore this once amazing tub back to life. In search of a solution, he called us, Reglaze In The City and told us his story about the tub.
We assured him that not only would we reglaze his tub back to its original beauty, we would be honored to do so. We will provide the same high level of service for you, and bring your own claw foot bathtub back to life.
EDIT. We arrived at the client site this week and completed the restoration.
We went back to our intrepid brownstone owners location. He showed us to the tub. We realized it was in even worse shape than we imagined, and began to some photos.
We started to clean the surface of the tub, which took some time. What was left showed the true nature of the tub.. a proudly shaped vessel, which sadly had suffered the ravages of time.. from normal use, but also from the fact that it had been a planter for Rhododendrons. The rocks and dirt that had filled the tub certainly didn’t improve the state of the porcelain enamel.
Next, once the bathtub was surface prepped using cleaners, etching solutions, and stripping agents. Some repair was also performed, using the appropriate surface repair product. (Other kinds of tubs use other repair products, which we have in stock.) With the tub finally lacking major pits and a few small cracks bonded, we were ready to proceed to the next step.
Onward we went, breaking out the epoxy adhesive primer coating. This product has a very strong bond, due to a basic force of nature: Molecular bonds. It literally becomes part of the bathtub. If you wanted to remove it, once it has set up, which only takes minutes, you would need to sand blast the epoxy. This matters as the epoxy primer is the primary seal against lead leaching which the CDC says there is no safe level of contamination (This is another blog, coming soon). With the primer coat in place, we were ready for the most exciting step yet.
Here comes the big event: The top coat! Good impact resistance, high gloss, water resistance, and the ability to withstand chemical encounters are what is needed in an outstanding topcoat. We’ve got several types of topcoats, to cover any eventuality. The topcoat, of course, is what the people using the bathtub will actually touch. Fortunately, our process results a silky smooth, clean glossy surface which will satisfy the demanding bather… and protect the homeowner from needing bathub refinishing for years to come.
The brownstone owner was very pleased with the results. He said he was going to light a fire under his general contractor to finish the bathroom.. as he wanted to use his new favorite bathtub.
We couldn’t agree with him more.