When compared to fiberglass and ceramic bathtubs, plastic bathtubs are inexpensive. They also require very little maintenance. This makes them ideal for use around the home.
However, these tubs can be susceptible to cracking. The cracks that form on the tubs may occur as a result of remodelling accidents or wear and tear. And when they do, they tend to not only cause water leaks but also weaken the overall structure of the tub. Here is what you should do to fix your bathtub.
Clean the bathtub
Start the repair process by cleaning the area around the crack. Washing the tub with a rag and a bucket of water will remove any dust and dirt that may come between the patch and the tub material. Doing this will therefore enhance the lifespan of the repair work as it will ensure stronger patch-tub bonds.
It is important to note that it is equally important to give the area time to dry. This is because water can also serve as an impediment as far as creating long-lasting patchwork is concerned.
Use a mesh layer
When dealing with wide cracks, it is important to offer the patch material enough support. A fiberglass mesh layer is usually good enough to provide this support. Simply use a utility knife to cut the mesh in such a way that it extends from one side of the crack to another. Placing it over the crack before filling the area with filler material will ensure that the filler material is a strong surface on which to hold onto, something that will help improve the durability of the repair work.
Sand and paint the surface
After generously applying the filler material in the crack area and leaving it to harden, you have to smooth the patched area out. It is advisable that you use a fine-grit sandpaper. This is because this sandpaper is less abrasive and not only provides for a smoother finish but also helps keep the tub surface scratch-free.
When done with sanding the area, prepare the surface for painting by getting rid of any fine particles. A dry sponge is effective at getting this done and is recommended. Paint the surface and then leave it to dry.
It is important to note that it is possible to avoid having to paint the patch area. You can skip the painting stage by buying a filler dye that gives the filler material a color that matches your bathtub's color. For more help, contact a tub repair company, such as Kaupas Water.