DIY tub and tile repair

Old 12-13-22, 02:48 AM
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Hello all!

We will be repairing and repainting our bathtub tiles and tub. I want to add a colorant to the paint and use one color on the tiles and a similar shade to the tub, then on the bottom I want to add glitter for its nonslip element and for fun. What can I add without changing the integrity of the paint?

We will NOT be having a professional come and do it, so if that is your recommendation, thank you, but we will not be having a professional come to do it.

Thanks and have a great week!

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Old 12-13-22, 06:34 AM
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Paint can be tinted. Sand is a common element to add for grip. Plan on re-doing this often; it will not hold up.
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Check with your paint manufacturer. Many of them offer non-slip additives. Some are an abrasive like sand while others are a liquid that causes the paint to harden with a matt finish instead of smooth gloss.
Old 12-13-22, 11:03 PM
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Better do your research on paints and primers, trying to use any off the shelf cheap products is going to quickly turn into a peeling mess. Tubs and tiles are not really good candidates for DIY painting.
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The #1 reason for diy tub paint failure is lack of or improper prep. Not an area you want to take any shortcuts. Around the drain is the most common area for failure.

I agree with contacting the paint manufacture about what additives would work best.
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For the tub, spraying the paint is the only method that will give you a smooth finish. A two-part paint will be the most durable. If you plan to apply the paint with a brush, take a look at the rolling and tipping technique used in brush painting boat hulls.
For the floor tiles, the more of the tile glaze you remove the better. I'd rec sanding with 100 grit or less. Getting to the porous material of the tile will give the paint the best adhesion and also feel less slick under foot.

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