Whether you’re altering the colour of an existing bath or painting a raw or primed cast iron bath like the ones sold at Drummonds, adding colour to your bath is a great way to add a personal touch to your bathroom setting.
Here’s a guide to the options you have on painting your bath:
- Hire a painting service:
For someone who wants to save money and time, this is the best option. Plus, if you’re a little indecisive about the colour you want, you can decide once the bath is on site. It’s also the least messy option, after buying an already painted bath, as you won’t have to do the painting yourself!
- Painting it yourself at home:
Painting your own bath is quite exciting, albeit a little time consuming. More importantly, it’s a great way to save money, have fun and give your bath a totally unique look.
How to paint a cast iron bath:
- First and foremost, check that your bath can be painted!
Some baths will not be compatible with being painted, so either contact the seller or do some research into what finish the bath has.
- Make sure you have the space for painting your bath.
We would suggest an outdoor area that is well shielded from the elements. Working outdoors allows for the displacement of harmful paint fumes. Plus, if it’s warm it may also speed up the drying time of the paint.
- Take safety precautions.
Wear suitable (thick) gloves, a respiratory mask and – if it has to be done indoors – switch on a fan and open the windows. Again, the chemicals used in certain paint can be very harmful if inhaled.
- Gather everything you need before starting.
Prepare your equipment beforehand, in order to make the process as seamless as possible. You will be layering multiple coats in order to get a good colour, so it may take a while! See what you will need below.
- Get the bath (and the surrounding area) ready.
Lay down some form of protection underneath the bath and cover the surrounding area. If the bath has feet, it is recommended to remove them and reattach them at the end.
- Masking tape to cover over the enamel of the roll top and the edges of the bath.
- Metal primer/undercoat to inhibit rust and create a smooth foundation.
- Your chosen colour & finish of paint to complete the look. We recommend Farrow and Ball, who have three types of paint that work well on a bath – Modern Eggshell, Estate Eggshell & Full Gloss – and they are all available in every F&B colour. Modern Eggshell is the most durable, which means that there is no need for lacquer or varnish.
- Either a paintbrush, roller or spray gun, depending on your preference.
1) Thoroughly clean the bathtub of any dust (or rust if it’s an older bath).
2) Put masking tape on any areas you don’t want to get paint on.
3) Add the first layer of the primer/undercoat and leave to dry.
4) Wait for it to dry.
5) Apply your choice of top coat.
6) Again, leave the paint to dry – take this time to make sure that there are no brush marks or streaks!
7) Repeat for desired colour depth – we recommend 2 or 3 coats, but the choice is up to you.
– If the Bath has feet, attach them after the last layer of paint has completely dried.
– If you want to seal the bath with a sealant or lacquer, you may do so after the last layer of paint. Be warned: lacquer and/or sealant may alter the colour.
Now all that’s left is to place your bath in its location in the bathroom and enjoy your hard work!