Painting bathtub surround


Old 05-25-12, 08:09 AM
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Painting bathtub surround

Hello, I'm in the process of doing some small renos and painting of my elderly uncles house to be put up for sale. The tub surround which is some sort of board has been previously painted(20 years ago), it is in good shape no peeling.I would like to repaint but don't know what type or what exactly to do. Thanks
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Old 05-25-12, 08:32 AM
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I'm not much of a paint expert, but both of the houses I have owned where older (1950's and currently 1930's).
The paint on there now could be oil paint (probably is actually). Get a test strip from your local paint store (or if one of the pros pipes up with what chemical to use to test), you can confirm if it's oil.

One suggestion I will make when dealing with older homes and generations of paints, go to a proper paint store. The kid at the local big box store will not know the historical paint information and or have the knowledge of what modern paints will work one what older paints.
Might cost you a bit more, but it's done right.
Old 05-25-12, 01:03 PM
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Is there a shower included with this tub surround? I can't imagine any paint [even epoxy] holding up long if the surround is constantly exposed to water. If there isn't a shower, another coat of oil base enamel would be the easiest way to go if the current paint is oil base.

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