Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Restore & Sell A Cast Iron Tub

Refinish and restore a cast iron bathtub so you can sell it.

Many older homes have cast iron bathtubs. Cast Iron bathtubs are meant to last a lifetime. However, over time and with a lot of use, a cast iron tub can stand a little makeover. Without too much difficulty you can restore a cast iron tub. If you find one at a flea market or you have one at your home, you can restore it and sell it. When you do want to restore a cast iron tub that is not already inside your home, be sure to work outdoors, as the restoring process is a messy business.


1. Scrape any rusting or flaking spots of the cast iron tub using sandpaper or a stiff wire brush. Sandblast if necessary to remove any stubborn rust. Put on safety goggles when sandblasting to protect your eyes.

2. Use a shop vac to help remove any of the dust and debris left from sanding. Wipe any remaining dust off the tub using a damp rag. Remove all of the dust so that it does not mess up your paint job.

3. Read through all the manufacturer's instructions for the tub and tile paint as some of the directions may vary a little from brand to brand.

4. Mix the two parts of the paint according to the instructions and let it sit for the recommended amount of time to allow the two parts to react.

5. Apply the tub and tile paint using a foam brush. Start at the upper portions of the tub and work your way down. Feather the paint to prevent drip marks from appearing.

6. Cover the entire tub with a thin layer of paint and allow it to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions. Apply a second coat and a third coat if necessary.

7. Place an ad to sell your cast iron tub. Post something locally on an Internet site or in a newspaper, or post something where people might specifically be looking for a cast iron tub, such as home improvement and restoration magazines or auction and antiques outlets.

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