As the focal point of a bathroom, bathtubs have an important¬†function. It is not only used as a sanitary place, but also has a¬†therapeutic function. When you get stressed¬†after a long¬†day of work, you can release it¬†by having a¬†good experience in the bathtub.
There are many different types of bathtubs, such as fiberglass, porcelain, acrylic and others. The fiberglass bathtub is one of the bathtub types that is created¬†from gel coating that is sprayed¬†with a¬†bit of glass. It is strong and really different¬†than¬†an¬†acrylic bathtub. Usually, acrylic tubs are thinner than fiberglass tubs. Fiberglass tubs also are available in¬†less variant colors than acrylic tubs. Fiberglass bathtubs are attractive fixtures that can beautify the appearance of¬†any bathroom.¬†They are also easy to maintain and very durable.
But, fiberglass bathtubs can¬†also be¬†damaged¬†from a hole or a crack. Having a damaged¬†fiberglass bathtub can seem very daunting. It¬†also can cause eyesores and leak water onto your bathroom floor. That¬†will be the worst problem.
Fortunately, the cracks on the fiberglass bathtub can also repaired. Sometimes, fiberglass bathtub repair can very expensive. But, you can always can do it by yourself even if you have a small budget. These tips below will help you to repair the cracks¬†in¬†the¬†fiberglass. Check this out!
How to repair a fiberglass bathtub:
1. Purchase a repair kit and supplies
If you have fiberglass bathtub, there are some repair kits and supplies you must to buy:
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Polyester resin
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Catalyst to harden the resin or also called hardener
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Fiberglass cloths, you can use fiberglass mat or mesh
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Coloring agent
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Marine grade plastic filler
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Gel coat in small can
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Sandpaper in 60 or 80 grit
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wet or dry sandpaper in 220, 320, and 400
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Latex gloves
2. Clean the repaired area
Remove oil, soap scum,¬† and use¬†a medium grit sandpaper to sand the bathtub surface. Use acetone or another solvent to rinse the repaired area.
3. Fiberglass cloths
If the hole or crack¬†in the bathtub is¬†large in size. You maybe need a fiberglass cloth¬†for¬†more than one layer. But, skip this step if you have minor damage.
4. Read the instructions
In the repair kit, they¬†provide¬†the instructions. Pay close attention to the instructions before mixing the materials. Mostly, the process and steps to repair the cracks also are provided in the instruction sheet.
5. Follow the steps on the¬†instruction sheet.
If¬†you understand the instructions, then it is time to follow the steps. You¬†might find the instructions difficult¬†depending on the kit you purchase.
6. Activating time.
Get the best results while keeping in mind¬†it is better to stir the¬†the mixture for a very long time. Make sure the resin does not become unusable as it hardens while finishing the application in 10 to 15 minutes. In a normal temperature, allow it to dry in 2 hours until the applied mixture will completely harden.
7. Clean up.
When it totally dry and hard, clean it to get the best results.
Make sure when applying the repair mixture, you wear protective gloves. Cracks in fiberglass can be very damaging to nose and eyes. To prevent it, you should have exhaust fan¬†in your bathroom. This fan can decrease the humidity and moisture that can cause cracks.