Re-enamel bath DIY

Updated February 21, 2017

Using a re-enameling procedure designed for the do-it-yourself market saves money on the cost of sending your bath to a professional enamel resurfacing company. Instead of putting up with a worn, scratched and old-looking bath interior, you can revamp the surface with enamel-based products specifically manufactured for the purpose. Typically, the products come in kit form so that you have everything to hand to resurface your enamel bath within three hours. With optimum preparation and application, you can achieve a professional finish that is durable and cost-effective.

Place the re-enameling kit in the bathroom and acclimatise the room to a minimum of 22 degrees C the day before you start the project, or according to the kit manufacturer's recommendations. Apply a lime-scale cleaner over the bath surface with a sponge and typically, leave the cleaner to soak in for ten minutes. Flush the lime-scale cleaner from the bath surface with water.

Prepare the supplied cleaning solution in a bucket according to the re-enameling kit manufacturer's directions. Scrub the cleaning solution over the bath enamel to remove all traces of grease and dirt using a nylon-bristled brush. Rinse the bath out with water to remove scrubbing debris and the cleaning solution chemicals.

Sand the bath surface to a uniform smoothness using the supplied sandpaper. Rinse the bath out with water to remove the sanding dust. Remove residual water from the bottom of the bath with a lint-free cloth and allow the surface to dry out.

Apply the supplied masking tape over the plug hole, overflow drain and any silicone sealant around the bath perimetre. Wrap the supplied plastic bags over the taps and tape around the tap base. Wipe the bath surface with the kit's dust-collecting cloth to remove final traces of dust particles.

Mix the supplied hardener and paint together in the paint pot using the stirring stick from the kit. Paint around the plug hole, tap bases and overflow drain with the supplied paintbrush.

Apply the paint over the whole surface of the bath using the roller from the kit. Roll in one direction back and forth and immediately roll at 90 degrees over the first application to ensure you gain an even finish. Leave the resurfaced bath to dry and cure for up to five days, or according to the kit manufacturer's instructions.


Acclimatising the products and bathroom to the recommended temperature maximises the adhesive bond of the enamel-based paint to produce a durable finish. Compare kit contents to gain extra value because manufacturers vary on some of the accessories such as plastic bags, masking tape and lime-scale cleaner.


Wear a respirator when sanding the bath to prevent dust inhalation. Ensure you keep the bathroom dust free at all times during the project to avoid contaminating the surface finish on the bath.

Things You'll Need

  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Nylon-bristled brush
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Respirator
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Residing in the coastal county of Devon, England, Jane Humphries has been writing since 2004. Writing for "British Mensa" nationally and regionally, Humphries has also held key roles within the High IQ Society. She received a Bachelor of Science, honors, in psychology with combined studies covering biology, statistics, economics, politics and sociology.