Saturday, 30 November 2019


I've just re-enamelled my cast iron bath myself.

For the benefit of other DIY on a shoe string home renovators,
 I have named this post... everything I googled!
Because, I couldn't find a guide that tells you...

According to the internet...
It's brace your self for literally attempting to lag Hell!
And the shoddy peeling results will in no way reward the effort!
Utter pants!
Who wrote these, how too's?  Re-enamelling companies?

 I could not believe,
how ridiculously cheap and easy it is to re-enamel a bath yourself....
and for under £20.

Here's the baths before's, brace yourself

This in no way captures the true horror,
and that's not a tide mark, that is a perma tide mark!

Terrible quality pic, but it seems to capture the true essence of the borderline antique bath.

The how to...
Scrub the bath clean to an obsessive level.
I used cream cleanser and one of those curly metal dish scrubber cleaning balls
(they will clean anything!)
Rinsed and rinsed,
dried and then left to dry some more.

Apparently grease and moisture are the two things that will make re-enamelling your bath fail.

I didn't bother sanding, because parts of my bath were either, down to the rough metal
or perfect 50+yr old enamel
if its survived a world war and still pristine, sand paper is not going to touch it.

(Lovely example of the worn away enamel).

Cover the taps and plug holes/overflows with masking tape.
I also covered the taps with bags in case of  random drips.

You will need
1. A face mask, it's a tad fumey.
2. A paint brush.
I tried with a roller and it was awful, with a brush, this stuff kind of expands to fill the gaps.
3. Bath enamel paint.

The hero of the job!
Deco Colour New Bath Swiss Formula
Just £19 from eBay.
The enamel is in two tins.
Tip the smaller tin into the bigger tin,
give it a good shake and leave it for a couple of minutes to react.

Paint on to your bath,
it does look like the thinnest, wateriest of paint,
but it seems to expand and become enamel!
And it's fully hardened after just 16 hours.

The (better than hoped for) results.

Literally one of the best budget things I have done for my house makeover.

Mid renovation.

So pleased I tried this, as these old cast iron baths are so big and solid and just lovely, I thought for £20 it was worth a go.
It can't possibly last the 70 years the original enamel did,
 but for this price and the ease of it,
if I have to re-do it in a couple of years,
I'll be happy to do it.

A fellow Tweeter also had the same problem
of a big old gorgeous bath but with worn through enamel,
saw my results so did the same with the same product,
and taadaa!!

How fab is that!
There is something just so nice about a decent thing restored,
less environmental impact,
and a LOT cheaper than replacing.

Still absolutely perfect a few months of showers, baths and dog bathing down the line.
It hasn't chipped, bubbled,scratched or discoloured.

Don't leave harsh chemicals on it as this damages it.
After such success I was a bit gung ho and cleaned it with a cream cleanser designed for outdoor furniture, after a week this started to peel in places where the water hits most.
The other bath you see pictured was also still perfect after months but then it was sprayed with bathroom spray and left on as they went away for a weeks holiday and came back to find it had bubbled at the bottom.
It was reassuring that the fail had both happened from too harsh chemicals and the chemicals being left on.
So both baths are going to be re-done in the same way...
but will now be careful to not use stuff designed to remove grime from outdoor furniture (what was I thinking) and normal cleaning sprays are rinsed off.


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