How to Remove Acrylic from Bathtub

Have you ever removed the acrylic protector from your tub?

If you have, then you know how much of a pain in butt it is! 

If you haven't tried it yet, then let me be the first to tell you, it's a pain in the butt. 

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What is this acrylic anyway?

It's a liquid surface protector so your new tub doesn't get scratched or dented. You would paint this on your tub before your bathroom construction begins. Not only for bumps, but to make sure the grout, tile and paint don't sit on your new tub and ruin or scratch it during removal.


The thicker it is brushed on, the easier it is to peel off. But as you can see in these photos, this coat was brushed on very thin. The thinner it is, the more difficult it is to remove it. 


The first time I encountered it, it took me 3 hours to remove it!  I am the queen of clean around here and that timing did NOT sit well with me! So I scoured all the info Google offered when I asked, "What is this blue protectant on my tub?", "How do I remove the blue acrylic from my tub?", "How do I remove the protectant without scratching my tub?". Anyway, I got nothing pretty much! Not one answer to my problem! There were a few ideas, but nothing that really worked.


So it was my mission to figure it out. It can't be that hard to remove this, right? I went shopping at my harware store and even asked a few employees what they thought, nothing. So I bought what my common sense told me to and went back to the property and started on tub number two. It worked and only took me 30 minutes this time. Much better! 


In case your'e wondering, yes, it's still a pain in the butt. Just not as much. I put a list together for you and a short task list for you to follow. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll be happy to help!




How to remove liquid protector from tub


WHAT YOU WILL NEED:


  • Non scratch sponge with a handle
  • Sponge replacements (you may go through a few)
  • Latex/Acrylic Paint remover (it breaks down the molecular bond of paint or adhesive)
  • Liquid Dish soap (don't go cheap!)
  • Bucket
  • Hot water (as hot as you can stand)
  • Microfiber cloths/towels
  • Plastic putty knife/scraper
  • Toothbrush
  • Trash bags
  • Gloves
  • Face Mask (for the paint remover)



HERE'S WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO:


I start at the front of the tub (close to the spicket) and work my way back. 

After you have removed all of the trash and debris from the tub, tape the plug into the drain to make sure no acrylic gets into the pipes and clogs it.

With a mixture of hot water and liquid dishsoap, dip your microfiber cloth and soak the acrylic for about 5 minutes. I soak the entire tub and let it sit while I start working at the begining (close to the spicket). You will have to use a putty scraper to get it started.

Once the soap starts to diminish the adhesive it will start to come up easier than when it's dry. You want to be careful not to get too much water in the bottom of the tub. Remember, you can't let it drain. 

Once you have got a substantial amount peeled back, you can begin working with the sponge. I put liquid dish soap directly on the sponge and scrub as hard as I can. It should start to peel very easy at this point. If there are stubborn spots, try using the toothbrush. If that doesn't work, leave it for the next step.

After you have got most of the tub freed of the acrylic, there will probably be some spots leftover. I usually have it in the corners and edges.  For this next step, make sure you have some air ventilation. Wear gloves and a mask while using paint remover, it is extremely strong. Read the label for all safety tips. Using my toothbrush dipped in the acrylic remover, I scrub all those tiny spots that were left. They come right up. Make sure you wipe the remover with a clean towel to make sure there isn't any left sitting. That could result in harming your tub finish. 

After all of the acrylic is removed. I take out the plug and wash the entire tub with a fresh bucket of soapy water. Then dry it with microfiber towels.


I hope this helps! If you would like to know what brand of products I use, click the button below and I'll send over the links. And if you know anyone else who could use this information, share this link! If you have any other ideas on removing acrylic or you know an easier way, please let me know! 

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