Cast iron bathtubs
Cast iron baths keep warmth perfectly; they are durable and silent. Experts believe that enamel looks the most impressive on this type of the bathtubs. However, it eventually deteriorates, and the surface sooner or later turns yellow, gets dark, stratified, covered with rust. Cracked and chipped enamel brings the greatest inconvenience in everyday life, and the through-holes make the operation altogether impossible. The cost of the new high-quality bathtub of this type is high even without installation.
In defense of the consumer we can say that the enamel wear does not always depend on how well you take care of it. Cracks, chips and roughness are inevitable. They arise when the cast-iron baths are exposed to hard water and use of detergents.
Cast iron bathtubs are perfect for the restoration: old bathtub gets radiant and fresh look, so do not rush to consider the option of replacing the product. Competent restoration becomes the best solution if you want to quickly update the bathtub and restore the surface to a level that the bathtub becomes indistinguishable from a new product. Do not forget that the plumbing restoration can be performed by several techniques, and you can choose the most suitable one.
Restoration of cast iron bathtubs
Restoration of cast iron bathtubs using epoxy enamel is still used by some companies. If you do not have high expectations on aesthetics and durability, and your bathtub is just darkened or gets rusty, the enamelling may be enough.
However, if the enamel is covered with deep scratches, chips, cracks and holes, a simple painting with the brush will not hide these flaws. In this case it is necessary to consider more radical methods such as acrylic liner or restoration of cast iron bathtubs with liquid acrylic.
Acrylic liner is the acrylic itself, only a solid one. Acrylic liner is put on the bathtub by the method “tub to tub” and is fixed on a side. However, the liner has a limit on the size and shape of your bathtub, as well as a very short service life (up to 3 years). This method is acceptable only if the repair in the bathroom has not started yet, since it involves a complex of additional works.
Liquid acrylic fits best to eliminate cracks and chips on the cast-iron bathtubs. Firstly, when you try to mask local defects, it corresponds to the color of the renovated surface to the maximum extend. This effect can not be reached by the standard means. Secondly, due to the viscous consistency, the material completely fills the voids and cavities, leveling the surface and giving it a perfect smoothness. If defects are deep, they are reinforced and pre-closed with special filling. Third, it is not necessary to chip the tile. Fourth, the restoration of cast iron bathtubs with self-leveling method eliminates the possibility of a poor installation, and as a result, the appearance of mold because the composition sticks directly to the walls of the bathtub.
In comparison with enamelling, bathtub filling ensures a much longer period of trouble-free operation. Restoration of cast iron bathtubs with acrylic is environmentally friendly. The composition has the necessary hygiene certificates. By the way, enamelling with standard materials is often performed with the enamel that is not allowed to use in household due to the presence of heavy metals in its composition.
What else do you need to know to enjoy this technology?
Restoration of cast iron bathtubs is performed when all repair work is finished in the bathroom. If you replaced the tile, do not stick the baseboard to the side of the bathroom. Mixer tap over the bathtub should be in good condition, and the bathroom should have the door. By the time a plumbing specialist arrives, remove any hygiene items and other things that can cause problems. Do not forget to move the washing machine, if it is too close to the bathtub.
Restoration of cast iron bathtubs with self-leveling method is a cost-effective solution in all respects, as a single investment will make your bathtub shine with white gloss and improve tactile characteristics for the next 20 years.