How to Paint Your Bathtub and Shower Like a Pro

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4 Hours

We were able to refinish our tub for under $30 in paint and it makes a huge difference when you don’t have the time or budget to do a full makeover in a bathroom.You can read a full tutorial on our blog HERE.

Prep is the most important step

I know, I know, prep work sucks but it’s especially important in this project.

Before you start, open any windows you can nearby and use the exhaust fan in your bathroom plus any other plug-in fans you’ve got nearby. Those fumes are no joke.

Clean it really, really well with a household cleaner to make sure all the grime is gone.

It seems kind of counterintuitive but once it’s all clean you’ve got to then run your sander over the whole thing so the paint has something rough to adhere to. Give it all a wipe over with your tack cloth to get rid of any dust.

Next remove any caulk around the edges, corners, wherever there’s caulk or silicone that your paint is going to touch.

To be honest, I skipped this step in the instructions thinking it’d be fine and it did turn out okay, but would’ve been much easier had I have just done what I was told.


Time to paint

Throw some painters tape up around all your edges and around your drain/tub spout/shower head and you’re good to go.

This stuff is epoxy paint so it’s not like using a regular paintbrush and just slapping it on there. The kit comes with a Part A and Part B tub. The Part A, the little one, is poured into the Part B to create the epoxy paint you’ll use.

By this point, all that mixing probably has it pretty fumey in your work area. Make sure you’re wearing a mask and pour some of the paint into a tray (or if you’re me and can’t find a tray, use a paper plate).

Load up your roller but make sure it’s not too full – because of how thin the solution is, it’s really easy to drip. Start rolling the same way you would with normal paint and work section-by-section.

I found the best method was to paint one quadrant of each panel, move onto the next one, then after a few minutes drying go back to the previous part I’d just painted to go over it and smooth out any bubbles.

Leave the fans on and let dry for a really long time

We removed the painters tape and left the fans running overnight to help with the fumes, but were able to turn them off the next morning. Re-caulk all the edges of your tub the next day and don’t use the shower for three days if possible (that’s what’s recommended on the box kit).

Step back and enjoy your new tub look!

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  • Robin Nichols Austin Robin Nichols Austin on Jan 09, 2021

    Can you mix color in or is it just white?

  • Joanna Jones Joanna Jones on Jan 10, 2021

    How does it hold up to repeated cleanings now that you are 6 months+ into the paint job? It would drive me crazy to see scratch/scuff marks due to using abrasive cleaners or rough sponges but sometimes that’s what you need to use on a tub!

  • Michele Creter Michele Creter on Jan 11, 2021

    How do you clean it now that it's refinished? I would think that any type of abrasive cleanser would ruin all your hard work! But, what else would clean a tub... they do get pretty dirty!


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