OK, we're possibly even further away, but we had a guy out from
Edinburgh to do ours - =A3200 and excellent. That was 4 years ago and I
have absolutely no complaints. I wouldn't have tackled it as he had
all the spray gear and face mask, etc.
8> I've stayed in hotels where the re-coating is flaking off.
We have had our bath re-coated twice. The first time it was supposed to be
some fancy coating (not paint). It took them three attempts to get a
satisfactory finish - once it was gritty, next time the goo slumped and
made an uneven bottom. The final go worked and lasted for quite a few years
until it started developing blisters. I patched it a few times and then
decided to have it done again. The next company were much quicker. They
used some kind of acrylic paint and didn't need the heat lamps and so forth
that the others used. Before long this surface started blistering too. They
came back and repaired it but it kept happening. Eventually I sanded down
the blisters and sprayed the damaged part with appliance paint from B & Q
or Screwfix. That has held up for some years now. It isn't invisible but
it's only because the repaired surface is slightly proud and the masking
Neither company could really convince me that they knew what was going on
but the second one suggested it might be shampoo that was causing the
trouble. We've been very careful with shampoo since and so far seem to be
clear of problems.
If shampoo does that to bath paint I wonder what it does to us.
Next time it needs doing I think I might try doing it by building up that
appliance paint in lots of very thin layers.
I don't change the bath because it's a good size, comfortable and a previous
owner tiled it in. Replacing it and making good would be a big job.
Yes I have
Following an initial problem of a stuck roller which buggered things up
(they sent me a new kit FOC), I "Tubby'd" my bath about 5 years ago. I
still have a good finish which hasn't peeled or deteriorated yet
I think the secret of a successful finish is all down to good
preparation, i.e. a lot of hard work
Yes. Easy to apply. Not hard to get a good finish.
I followed their suggestion of mixing it all, then putting the surplus
in the freezer until needed.
What's difficult is preparing the bath! I tried to remove all the
limescale, but discovered that the "enamel" also comes away.
After about 18 months of use it became apparent that Mr. Tubby wasn't
properly bonded to the underlying surface, if you looked critically.
I left the house over 5 years ago, so can't comment on further longevity.
Aside: (Until then I'd assumed that steel baths were still vitreous
enamelled:-( I'd love to find a current manufacturer of vitreous
enamelled baths, preferably cast iron.)
Jan at t a r a s o w k a dot o r g