A new surface coating can transform your bathroom or kitchen into one that looks brand new, especially if it is worn from age and use or simply mismatched. Water-proof fiberglass sinks are often implemented in kitchens, bathrooms, and even laundry rooms. Though they are lightweight, they are very strong and are highly flexible to be formed into a variety of shapes in sizes. With their inexpensive nature and ability to be finished in a variety of colors, they are commonly used.
Refinishing Fiberglass Sinks & Tubs
To enhance a room, or hide ugly stains, homeowners will look to get the fiberglass sinks refinished. Refinishing fiberglass sinks can be tricky. Hiring a pro is the best solution to get the job done right. Since we at Chips, Tubs and Tile Refinishing understand homeowners frequently take on projects like this, we would like to offer steps and advice to get the best results.
Fiberglass Refinishing Products
Working best on fiberglass is polyester, polyurathane or epoxy coatings. For a finish that will hold up well, select a marine grade or boat paint. Though the marine-grade paints are more expensive, the finish is longer lasting. However, when it comes to refinishing, before they’ll take on a new surface coating, fiberglass sinks require an acrylic base. Because it is too slick, unfortunately, the primer will not stink to the fiberglass. Before you apply the base, scour the sink with sandpaper. Keep in mind that the humidity level should be below 60% and the temperatures optimally between 65 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fiberglass Repair Steps
Below are the steps for the fiberglass sink refinishing process.
Step 1: To ensure the fresh coating sticks, the sink needs to be washed out well. Using a nylon pad and trisodium phosphate, scour the fiberglass sink well. Be sure to wear gloves, eye protection and a respirator.
Step 2: With the help of rags, be sure to rinse out the sink. The adhesion may harbor unseen trisodium phosphate residues. The new surface coating will not adhere if the sink is not thoroughly rinsed.
Step 3: Take some dry towels and ensure your fiberglass sink is thoroughly dried. Sand down the sink once it is dry to prepare it for the new finish. Roughen the sink to improve its adhesive qualities, otherwise the fiberglass will be too slick for the finish to stick.
Tip: Be sure to mask of edges, the fixtures, and other surfaces you do not want to accidentally blemish in the process.
Step 4: With an acrylic spray primer, condition the sink to accept its new finish by coating. Sagging can occur with improper application. Hold the spray tip 8 inches from the fiberglass at all times for neater results and it dry for 2 hours.
Step 5: New epoxy surface coating can be added just as you did the primer. Be sure let it dry for about three hours, or more, until it is thoroughly dry before flipping on the faucet.
Be sure to ventilate properly, especially if you are doing the bathroom, by using exhaust fans, and open the windows if applicable, when the weather is cooperative.
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Where refinishing the fiberglass sink can prove challenging, and even a health risk, you should consider allowing an experienced professionals from Chips, Tubs, and Tile Refinishing get the job done for you. Contact us today!