Panelling a Bath

1 Make framework

New baths have optional moulded plastic panels but if you prefer a different finish, construct a simple timber framework to fit under the lip of the bath.

2 Panels

The sides and ends of the framework can be covered in your preferred panelling: TGV, laminated board or hardboard that you can finish as you wish. Remember to leave a removable section near the plumbing so you have easy access for inspection and repairs.

Renovating an Enamel Bath

1 Renovating an enamel bath

Enamel baths are very fashionable and expensive to replace like-for-like. There are two-part paints specially designed to restore the surface of enamel baths and basins. The surface must be absolutely clean and dry: use white spirit to remove traces of grease.

2 Painting the bath

The renovating paints are self-levelling so they must not be brushed out too much. They are applied from the bottom of the bath upwards in a circular direction, often with a pad applicator. Follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding application and drying times.

Removing Limescale

Water is treated for harmful impurities to make it safe to drink, but the concentration of minerals is higher in some areas than others. 'Soft water' has a lower mineral content because it comes from rocky terrain, and runs overground. 'Hard water' is water that has run through the ground, accumulating a higher concentration of minerals. The minerals are deposited in the form of scale, which 'furs' up the inside of pipes, cisterns and hot water cylinders, as well as kettles. It is also responsible for stains in baths and basins.

There are several treatments available at DIY stores for removing limescale. Follow the instructions

carefully regarding application since these treatments are usually acid based. To minimize limescale problems, make sure that taps aren't leaking and avoid buying dark-coloured bathroom suites. You could also consider fitting a water softener.

Leaky taps can cause rust stains in enamel baths and basins. These can often be removed simply by rubbing with half a lemon, but extremely stubborn stains or limescale deposits may require chemical cleaning, grinding and re-spraying by a professional bath renovation company. Smaller stains and flaws can often be treated with restorers and enamel paint.

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