How To Fix a Cracked Tub
Hairline cracks can begin to form in every bathtub. When they form, and eventually they will, it is important to repair them immediately. Ignoring this issue can create a much larger problem later on down the road that may lead to a full bathtub replacement. The first thing you'll need to do is make sure that the crack is cleaned properly. Use cleaners and a sponge to eliminate any dirt and debris. Then rinse the repair area and wipe it dry with a soft white towel. Now you're ready to follow these precise steps.
1. Sand Down the Area Around the Crack
Take a fine grit piece of sandpaper and lightly sand around the area of the crack. The goal is to create a bonding surface. Brush away the dust and sand with a rag. You may need to clean the crack once again once this step is completed.
2. Set Your Bonding Agent
There are different bonding agents and adhesives for different bathtub materials. Place or paint the bonding agent on the crack and cover the entire area, plus some areas of overrun around the edges of the crack. Allow the bonding agent to dry.
3. Fill Up the Crack
The filler material for your crack is applied next. Use a putty knife to press the putty into the crack. Remove the excess putty and repeat until you have a level surface. Allow the putty to dry.
4. Sand Down the Repair
Once the filler materials have dried, you'll be ready to level off the repair once again. Sanding the patched area until it is flush with the remainder of the tub. Make sure to remove any dust that lingers.
5. Finish the Repair
You may need to place on an epoxy gel coat, fiberglass cloth, or other items to make a seamless bathtub repair. You may also be able to paint the tub and then cover with a protective coating that matches your current tub. Otherwise you can apply the finish coat and/or sealer that is required and allow to dry for 24 hours. A cracked bathtub is going to happen. When it does, these steps will help you fix the problem. Look for a bathtub repair kit at your local hardware store based on your tub's materials and you'll be able to easily repair this common issue.
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