How To Update an Ugly Bathtub for Less Than $30

Over on Ask Anna, there is an astounding bathtub transformation from outdated, pastel, pink, floral tiles to a gorgeous white, modern, sleek bathtub finish for less than $30!
How to Update an Ugly Bathtub
How to update an ugly bathtub!
Before: Pastel Pink 80's Bathtub
The processes is actually really simple. All you have to do is prep the area by cleaning it, giving it a light sanding and removing the caulking. The prep took me about 45 minutes but most of the was trying to get the 25+ year caulking off.
Bathtub Makeover with Rust-oleum
Mix together the two cans of the Refinishing Kit and give the tiles two coats with an hour of drying time in between.
After: Clean White Modern Bathtub
And we're left with an absolutely gorgeous updated bathtub!
Check out this link to see how this tub is holding up:

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  • Teresa White Teresa White on May 03, 2018

    Did you use this product on the actual tub, too, or just the tile? It's hard to tell in the photos, and the description. I'm also interested if you can see brush marks, how long the product lasts, and whether or not you have to seal it? Thanks in advance.

  • Jmi5104099 Jmi5104099 on Jun 21, 2018

    My tub is fiberglass that has discolored from a sky light. Will this product adhere to it?

  • Griselda Griselda on Jul 25, 2018

    so yo mixed in activator a with b and what is that box for did you add that in too?


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  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Jul 08, 2017
    Excellent makeover. This also works great on fiberglass units. Thanks for sharing your great project.

  • Lillian Seager Lillian Seager on Nov 26, 2019

    The bottom of the tub needs to be done it is rusty I had it redone but did not take they came back and fix the spots but it just did it again could I put little tiles over the bottom