How do I paint my bath?

14 May 2004
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I've recently bought a free standing acrylic bath. I wanted to paint the outside of it to match in with the room. However, B&Q tell me that it cannot be done as the paint with crack with the movement and heat of the bath. I'm sure this isn't correct plus I've also found a paint at Focus that is for Kitchen Cupboards that also list acrylic bath panels (although not baths). Yes another ship told me to use a Kitchen and Bathroom paint. I'm now very confused.

Can anyone tell me whether I can paint my bath, whether I need to prime it at all and which type of paint would be the best to use.

Many thanks,
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for my 2 p worth i would not paint it.

why? because no matter what paint you use, you will only be putting it on the surface, after time if it doesnt crack, fade or split , it will require repainting, how are you going to get it off? cant scrape it, use chemicals as both will / may indent it so making coat uneven.

others may disagree.
no, sand / glass paper, even steel wool will leave fine (all be it very fine) grooves scratches, but wait and see what others think.

you could even go looking for an old bath panel and test it on that
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Hi - Not sure if this is suitable but there is a spray called plasti-kote, may be worth checking out
there is a product called tubby for baths (not quite sure of the exact name, its that or bath tubby or similar) it comes in a kit and is very good. ive used it on two old roll top baths. it comes in a complete kit and produces a very good finish. i think it can be used on acrylic but not 100% sure.


Just found this on the web!

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As i say ive used it and yits very good providing you get your preperation right. you need to get the bath very clean,dry and dust free. I then painted it sealed the dorr having left a heater in the room for a few days. the finish was absolultley cracking
it was the first time i used it!
hence why i took all the precautions i described the second time, especially the heater to bake it dry!


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