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