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Clawfoot Tub Repair Guide


Despite of our best efforts to make certain your clawfoot tub arrives in perfect condition; you may get a tub with a blemish or minor damage. Don’t worry. These issues are easy to repair if you have the right tools and know what to do.

Here are the tools we recommend. This is not your usual Yadda-Yadda – take the couple of minutes to read about these products and how to use them. It could save you a lot of headache later.

How to Repair Tools You Will Need
  • Bon Ami non-abrasive cleaner. We like Bon Ami. It cleans well, is commonly available, inexpensive, and "hasn’t scratched yet". We suggest you use a damp rag to apply a small amount to the scuff or stain you are trying to remove. Remember – use a feather touch at first and apply more pressure as you go. Only use the force necessary to remove a stain – excess pressure with any cleaner, sandpaper or rubbing compound can dull the tub finish.
  • Sandpaper: Use only Ultra Fine 1500 to 2000 grade sandpaper when attempting any repair on a tub. Always use small, circular strokes and a light touch when using sandpaper on a porcelain or paint finish. Remember - you will get better results if your sandpaper is wet when you are using it.
  • Rubbing compound is commonly available from most auto parts stores. Use only a mild to light compound. Always use small, circular strokes and a light touch when using rubbing compound on porcelain or a paint finish. This is important because rubbing compound, like sandpaper, can dull or remove the finish from porcelain and paint. Also, it is important that the rag you use to apply the compound is wet. We use 3M Perfect-it III Rubbing Compound at our warehouse and have had great results.
  • Razor Blade: A razor knife with a fresh, clean single edge blade works best. Place the blade as close to parallel to the tub as you can. Use light, short strokes to remove the excess paint from the tub.