How can I paint my bathtub?


It’s ugly yellow and I want it white? Please help.

q bathtub paint
  7 answers
  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Dec 10, 2018

    We have had great luck with RustOleum Tub & Tile kit. A little advice: Use respirators, Get a partner, Follow directions exactly, Vent the area as much as possible.

  • Susan Bohdan Susan Bohdan on Dec 10, 2018

    What turned it yellow? Is the tub porcelain or acrylic? If acrylic, it may be from age. If there is a smoker, it looks like the color of nicotine. If that is the case, it is very difficult to remove. You would have to search regarding removing nicotine from surfaces.

    • Ellie Ellie on Dec 11, 2018

      Acrylic ages over time and it's not nicotine. You can't remove the aging process. The only thing to do is paint it or replace it.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 10, 2018


    • Buy a prepackaged tub and tile kit. Both Rust-Oleum and Homax sell kits that include epoxies designed to work for the job, a complete list of necessary tools and supplies, and step-by-step instructions that you should follow to the letter.

    • Sand like a maniac. With a home epoxy kit, your job is only as good as the time you spend cleaning and sanding, because a rough surface is your primary source of adhesion. Don’t skimp on this step. The better your prep, the less likely you’ll have to redo in a few years.

    • Wear a respirator mask and use a fan. Ventilate, ventilate, ventilate. Epoxy is vile stuff to breathe in.

    • Use a spray gun. Brushing and rolling can work, but a spray gun gives the best finish — use a pro-grade model if you can swing it.


    • Use regular spray paint. It will look just as expensive and elegant as when you spray-paint a pair of old lawn chairs.

    • Use water-based paint of any kind. It should go without saying, but water-based paint will disintegrate faster than you can say, “Why me?”

    • Take a long, hot bath — at least not for a while. Follow instructions about how long the epoxy should cure before you use the tub, and if you can wait even longer, do. Online reviews of kits suggest that impatient users end up with wrinkled surfaces ... and sadness. If you don’t want a permanent print of your rear end on your newly finished tub, postpone a protracted soak as long as you can.

  • David David on Dec 11, 2018

    Have a professional do it. My son does this for a living and has requests to do a tub the homeowner has done. The process is then more time intensive and thus will cost more to have the professional redo it. Also what ever way you go, be careful of the way you clean it.

  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Dec 11, 2018

    LOWE's has bathtub white in paint. Go & talk with a representative there & see what's the best kind for u.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Oct 09, 2020

    Hi Doris, this video tutorial should help -