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Fiberglass bathtubs are durable and long-lasting, but the finish can wear down from normal usage. That is, it not uncommon for fiberglass paint to wear off. Even worse, the fiberglass can cracks, causing the tub to lose its waterproof finish. So, it is very helpful if you can learn how to patch and refinish a fiberglass bathtub. This article explains the best tools and products for patching a fiberglass bathtub.
What You Need for the Job
The process of patching fiberglass is actually very simple if you have the right tools and supplies. Fiberglass patch kits are extremely convenient and easy to use. They come with pretty much all the tools you need to patch fiberglass. Most fiberglass patch kits come with fiberglass resin, liquid hardener, fiberglass cloth, mixing tray, and a mixing stick. The only other thing you need for the job is a pair of scissors, painters tape, extra fine fiberglass sandpaper, and a plastic putty knife.
Applying the Patch
Before you can apply the patch, you need to prep the damaged area. You need to very lightly sand down the area that is going to be patched. Measure the size of the patch and mark it off with the tape. Then, just sand inside the tape. You will later cut the fiberglass cloth to be the same size as the area that you taped off. The patch should be a little bigger than the damaged area, kind of like a band-aid. Sanding the area where the patch is going to adhere is very important. It will actually lightly rough up the fiberglass, so the patch can stick better to it.
Once the area is prepped and sanded, you can cut the fiberglass cloth to the right size and then start to mix the resin and the liquid hardener together. The resin will dry very quickly once the hardener is mixed in, so be prepared to apply the patch immediately. You might need to lightly tape the cloth to the fiberglass to hold it in place on vertical surfaces. As you spread the resin onto the cloth, you can remove the tape pieces.
You want to liberally apply the resin over the cloth so it covers the texture of it. The surface might dry to be a little lumpy, but this is nothing to worry about. Once the patch is completely dry, you can sand it down to make it look natural and blend in with the existing contours of the fiberglass.
It is easy to refinish fiberglass bathtubs if you have the right supplies. To learn more, contact a company like Carefree Koatings.