How To Paint A Bathtub

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Rust-Oleum tub & tile refinishing kit provides a smooth, factory-like finish to refresh your bath tub or tile. Update your bathroom look and feel without the hassle or expensive replacements. Each kit produces a durable coating with a waterproof gloss finish.

Watch as Annie Hunter, Ace's Paint Expert, shows you how the Rust-Oleum tub and tile kit transforms a pink bathtub to a classic white.



  1. Clean your tub. Wash away any mildew or soap scum with an abrasive cleaner like Comet
  2. Rinse the tub with warm water after cleaning
  3. Remove the caulk between the tile and the tub. You might need to use a razor to loosen it up more
  4. Clean the tub with an abrasive pad and cleaner
  5. Use a sanding sponge to rough up the surface, then rinse the tub to remove any dust
  6. Use painter's tape to mask off any tile and hardware that you don't want to get paint on
  7. Make sure to properly ventilate the bathroom while painting. Open doors, windows and even run a fan while working
  8. Follow the instructions on the painting kit for mixing and pouring paint.
  9. Begin to paint the tub with a small roller. This will give the paint a super smooth finish
  10. Let paint dry for one hour and then apply a second coat
  11. Let the second coat dry for one hour and then remove the painters tape
  12. Re-caulk between the tile and the tub


  • Instead of putting painters tape on bathtub hardware like drains or knobs, you can remove them before you paint.
  • Try not to repeatedly roll over areas with paint. This will make the paint uneven.
  • You have to wait 3 days before exposing your tub to water and avoid any hard abrasive cleaners.

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Published on 3/16/2023

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