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How To Paint An Enamel Bathtub

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Are you tired of looking at your dull and worn-out enamel bathtub? Do you want to give it a fresh new look without spending a lot of money? Painting your enamel bathtub is a great way to revamp it, and it’s an easy DIY project you can do at home. In this article, we’ll show you how to paint an enamel bathtub step-by-step.

Materials Needed

Before we get started, here are the materials you’ll need:

  • Enamel paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sandpaper
  • Masking tape
  • Drop cloth or old newspapers
  • Cleaner or degreaser
  • Grout cleaner
  • Steel wool or abrasive pads
  • Paint thinner


First, clean your bathtub thoroughly with a cleaner or degreaser to remove any dirt, grime, or soap scum. Use a grout cleaner to clean the grout lines. Rinse the bathtub with water and let it dry completely. Next, use sandpaper or steel wool to sand the entire surface of the bathtub, including the edges and corners. Wipe the bathtub with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris.


Use masking tape to cover any areas that you don’t want to paint, such as the faucet, handles, and drain. Cover the floor with a drop cloth or old newspapers to protect it from paint splatters.


Apply a thin coat of enamel paint to the surface of the bathtub using a paintbrush. Start at the top and work your way down to avoid drips. Let the first coat dry completely before applying a second coat. Repeat until you achieve the desired color and coverage. It’s important to let each coat dry completely before applying the next one.


Once you’ve finished painting, let the bathtub dry for at least 24 hours. Remove the masking tape and clean up any paint splatters using paint thinner. Use an abrasive pad or steel wool to lightly sand any rough spots or drips. Wipe the bathtub with a damp cloth to remove any debris.

Care and Maintenance

To maintain the finish of your newly painted bathtub, avoid using abrasive cleaners or scrubbers. Use a mild cleaner and a soft cloth to clean the surface. Avoid using hot water, as it can soften the paint and cause it to peel. If you need to fill the bathtub with water, wait at least 72 hours after painting to ensure the paint has fully cured.


Painting an enamel bathtub is an easy and affordable way to give it a fresh new look. With the right materials and a little bit of patience, you can transform your old bathtub in no time. Remember to follow these steps carefully to ensure a smooth and long-lasting finish.