How to refurbish your bath yourself

Is your bath in a state? We show you how to refurbish it in a few easy steps…
  • Hard labour 3/10 Skill level 3/10
  • Time needed 3 hours, plus drying time
  • Do it yourself for ±R840 (Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile R720, copper leaf R100, gilding size R20)

Part #1: Refinish the bath

You will need


  • sander
  • small mohair roller and tray
  • brush
  • cloth


  • Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile (available at Builders)
  • 60-, 80- and 100-grit sandpaper
  • thinners to clean brushes and roller
  • blue painter’s tape

Get started...

1. Use the 60- and 80-grit sandpaper to get rid of any flaky and uneven surfaces in the bath. Then use the finer 100-grit sandpaper to sand it smooth. Use a cloth to remove any dust; the surface of the bath must be dust-free and dry before you apply the paint.

2. Mix the two components of the refinishing product together, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

3. Mask around the taps and outlets – we used blue painter’s tape – then apply the paint to the surface with the mohair roller and brush.

4. Once the first coat has dried, apply a second coat. Let the paint cure for three days before you use the bath.

Part #2 Apply copper leaf to the legs

You will need


  • 2 brushes (one to apply the adhesive and one soft-bristle brush)


  • copper leaf
  • gilding size (adhesive)

Get started...

1. Apply the gilding size to the legs; let it stand for about 10–15 minutes to get tacky.

2. Carefully place a sheet of copper leaf over the tacky areas and use the soft-bristle brush to help it adhere all over.

3. Use the clean soft-bristle brush to wipe away any excess copper leaf.

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