A few years ago, I posted about my bathtub and tile transformation with Rust-Oleum. In my original post, I showed you how I updated my old (pink!) bathtub for less than $30 and I had a ton of people asking questions about the project and how Rust-Oleum works. Even now, I’m still getting questions! So I thought the best way to answer all the questions you have is by writing an FAQ post.
If you have any questions at all about my bathroom update or about Rust-Oleum in general, I hope they’ve been answered below. If you still have any other questions, feel free to comment on this post and I’ll do my best to answer!
Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit FAQ
How has the product held up over time, and has the paint peeled anywhere?
After a few years, I only have a couple little places that started chipping – and to be honest, I think it’s whatever my new housekeeper was using to clean the tub at the time, because I had never had any problems before. So I’m back to being the one who cleans the tub. Even after having a couple little areas peel (and I mean little – less than the size of a pencil eraser) I would still do it all over again. It looks SO good and it’s 100 times better than the old pink tub!
Interested to see how well the paint held up after a year? You can see that video here.
Do you know if this product covers rust or if we’d need to buy some other product to repair the rust first, and if the product you used will work on top of it?
I would email Rust-Oleum and ask them about the rust issue. My guess would be that you’d need to treat the rust first, maybe sand it off, but once you got rid of it you could definitely cover it with this product.
Does this only work on tile or can it be used on fiberglass?
It would work on any tile, ceramic or fiberglass tub/tile. If you use this on fiberglass, just make sure you give it a good sanding/scuff up, as per the directions.
Did you have to do any sanding, and what did you use to clean the tile and tub before painting?
I used sandpaper to scuff up the bathtub surface. You are really just looking for a clean, rough surface that the paint can adhere to. I used the powder version of Bar Keepers Friend to clean it. The directions on the box are very specific so you’ll know exactly what to do.
Did you just paint over the grout between the tiles on the wall?
Yes, I even painted over the grout lines so that I wouldn’t have to worry about cleaning the grout anymore.
What did you do with the drain? Did you just paint over it?
Yes, I painted the drain because it was easier and cheaper than replacing it!
Did you use only one box to cover the tub and walls twice or did you need two boxes?
I finished 90% of it with one box. I probably could have stretched it but I had 2, so after I finished, I did an extra coat with the second one.
Did you use a foam roller?
Yes, I used a small foam roller (like this one) to paint the tile and tub. The directions on the box tell you exactly what you will need for the project.
Do you have to remove the old caulk?
Yes! It’s important to remove any/all old caulking because otherwise, the product won’t adhere properly. I re-caulked once the paint had dried and it made the tub look brand new! You can see my tip for caulking like a pro HERE.
Will it work on tile floors?
It has a gloss finish so I wouldn’t put it on the floor – it would be too slippery.
How well does the Rust-Oleum hold up in a bathroom that is used everyday?
This is our upstairs bathroom which is used as my daughter’s bathroom, as well as our guest bathroom. It is used for baths at least every other night, and it has held up really well. Again, you can see how it held up after a whole year of use in this post!
Any tips on how to clean the tub from soap and grease without killing the shine after you’ve used the Rust-Oleum kit?
I use an all-natural cleaner and a soft-coarse sponge. I clean ours every other week and after all these years, it’s still shiny.
I hope this page helped answer your questions but if you have one that wasn’t listed please leave me a comment below and I will do my best to answer it for you! Overall I have been so happy with this product and the transformation it made in our bathroom, and I definitely recommend the Rust-Oleum Refinishing kit if you’re looking to transform your dated bathroom!
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