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We just picked up a claw foot tub from craigslist to put in our new home. It's not in too bad of shape, really.<br><br>
The enamel on the inside is pretty much all intact except a few dings (which I love for character!) The outside has been painted and that's peeling. There is a bit of rust around where the fixtures go, and I really dislike the faucet handles.<br><br>
The claw feet are in terrible shape, they are quite rusted.<br><br>
So I'm looking for some tips to refurbish this beauty! What will work best for removing the paint on the outside? How do I deal with the bit of rust around the faucets? And what about the feet....is there some kind of enzyme or something I could soak them in? I may have to look into getting new feet......<br><br>
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First, test the enamel for lead. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
if you get good news, there are little appliance paint jars (like nail polish!) for touch up.<br><br>
If you get bad news, take the whole thing to a pro for the full recoat, chrome plated handles, etc. It will be costly but you can have a stylish RED or BLUE or YELLOW antique tub when you are done.
 

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We redid our clawfoot tub in our old house. Ours was in similar condition, but had been more recently painted & wasn't peeling. We hauled it outside, put it upside down on cardboard & painted the outside with a really nice, heavy duty paint. I think I just went to Home Depot & told them what I was planning to do & they recommended it. I *believe* it was regular latex, w/the hardest finish (satin? gloss? Can't remember). It was a lovely china blue color. Anyway, we used some sort of rust remover & a wire brush (maybe WD40? My husband is the rust remover). Then we spraypainted them silver. It was super cool!
 

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OH! Didn't think about lead!! :/
 

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We redid our clawfoot as well. Someone had previously painted some hideous fish on it (on the wall as well).<br><br>
We turned it over in the hallway (no way I was going to try to get that thing down the stairs). The feet on ours slip right off - I took them outside & spray painted them with several layers (make sure to clean them first so the paint will adhere properly). For the tub I gave it a light sand (which in retrospect was probably not so healthy) to try to get it smoother. I used a high gloss paint that was meant for wet areas. Two coats & it was gleaming.<br><br>
The faucets are really easy to replace - but sometimes it's challenging to find a set that fits the tub. Once you find a set the old ones basically unscrew. I'd give the area around the faucet a really good scrub while it's off & you may be amazed at how good it comes up.<br><br>
I'm now feeling a little worried about the lead thing. Shucks - I tested all the paint in our house but never even thought about the tub.
 
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