Bathtub resurfacing will reveal a beautiful, new-like tub, without the cost of a total replacement. However, resurfacing is more than a simple DIY project. To strip the surface of the tub, you will have to use a set of specific chemicals that can be dangerous if not used correctly. Learn about some of the risks involved in the process to ensure you're protected.
Invest in Temporary Ventilation
Opening your windows or turning on the exhaust fan in the bathroom is not enough to provide the right amount of ventilation during the resurfacing process. You should invest in some type of portable ventilation unit, such as a mobile LEV unit, to use for the duration of the process.
As the dust from the old layers of the tub's surface is released into the air, vapors will also be released into the air. In a small space like a bathroom, the vapors can buildup rather quickly and send the air quality level in the space to a dangerously low that can create short- and long-term health implications.
Use Products Sparingly
A common chemical solution used during the stripping process is methylene chloride, which is a powerful degreasing, stripping, and cleaning agent. One dangerous element about the product is the fact that it has a sweet, unassuming smell. However, exposure to large amounts of this solution is dangerous.
It's best to limit the amount of the solution that you use to strip your bathtub. You should also avoid spraying the solution, and you should instead apply it directly to the surface. Spraying the methylene chloride sends unnecessary particles into the air. Additionally, do your research so you know exactly how much of the solution you need, as simply keeping the solution in your home is risky, given the risk of a spill.
Work with Larger Tools
Don't think of the resurfacing process in the same manner you would scrubbing the tub, in that you want to choose smaller hand tools that allow you to get up close and personal during the scrubbing process.
For bathtub resurfacing, you need to use larger tools with extended handles to keep your face as far away from the solution and vapors as possible, including brushes and scrapers. Look for tools that are long enough that they allow you to stand up straight while using them.
If you have concerns about your ability to safely resurface your tub, hire a resurfacing professional. Refinishing contractors are equipped with all the tools needed to keep safety in mind while revealing the tub you've always wanted.