How can I touch up a damaged porcelain tub that's vintage gold color?
The bathtub in our old mobile home, which is our summer lake place, got damaged from some rust remover. It ate right through to the metal. The trailer is definitely 1970's and the tub is a vintage, probably harvest gold. At some point we might have the tub reglazed, but for now how could we touch it up. I feel like the exposed metal needs to be protected from rusting.
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This might work for your tub: https://www.craftylittlegnome.com/husband-painted-toilet-gold/
These folks make a great epoxy paint, and many colors, even custom, read the directions for preping the tub first... http://www.klasskote.com/epoxy_bathtub_paint
You cannot reglaze a enamel tub only epoxy paint. Some people call that reglazing but it's only epoxy paint.. so instead of just touch up with an inferior product go ahead and get the kit sold at home depot made for that. Step by step instructions are in the kit . Don't right should last several years. Even the pro products "reglaze" only has a 2 to 4 year warrenty.
It sounds like you want to touch up a small area until the tub can be redone later. The model paint from Testor brand work very well for this. They can be mixed and matched perfectly. They will cover the spot and keep it from further rusting.
Prime the spot with an under coat of Testor's white model paint. Take care to only do the area where the porcelain is missing from the metal. Intermix the colors you need and do a sample befor filling in the missing area.
Paint the area numerous times to get it level with the other porcelain area. Sand very lightly if needed. Use a matte top coat sealer.