How to repair a peeling bathtub

The bath is the first place we head to when we want to wash off the day’s dramas. It should be a relaxing, lavender-infused, bubbly pleasure – we shouldn’t be met by an unsightly and itchy battle with peeling bathtub paint.

In most cases, a flaky bathtub is the result of shoddily applied or bad quality paint. However, it’s a relatively easy problem to correct.

These are the things you’ll need:

  • Ammonia-based cleaner
  • Paint scraper
  • Steel bristled brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Palm sander
  • Vacuum
  • Towels


  1. Scrub the surface of your bathtub with the ammonia-based cleaner, rinse with water and dry the tub with an old towel.
  2. Using the paint scraper, remove as much of the paint as possible. For safety, hold the scraper firmly by its handle and push away from your body.
  3. Thoroughly scrub the bathtub with your steel bristled brush, paying particular attention to the areas that are peeling.
  4. Attach the sandpaper to the palm sander and operate until you see the original surface of the bath. For optimum results, start with coarse grit paper, then switch to medium grit paper and end with fine grit paper to achieve a smooth finish.
  5. Vacuum the tub until all of the dust is gone. To collect the very fine particles, you may need to use a damp jay cloth.

Your bathtub will now be as good as new.

A stripped-back tub always looks great if you’re aiming for industrial or retro appeal, but if you prefer a polished style, you can always repaint the bath with specialist bathtub paint instead.

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