How to Restore Antique Bathroom Fixtures

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What You'll Need
Adjustable wrench
200-grit sandpaper
Putty knife and plumber's putty
Spray primer, paint and lacquer

Antique bathroom fixtures make beautiful additions to any home. They provide a distinctive feel and atmosphere to your bathroom; unfortunately, these fixtures may become tarnished and worn with time. Their rarity makes them quite difficult to replace outright. Rather than replace your worn or damaged bathroom fixtures, you can restore them to improve and maintain their appearance. This procedure is relatively simple and can be completed as a short do-it-yourself project. Follow the instructions below to restore your antique bathroom fixtures.

Step 1 - Turn-Off the Water

Before beginning any work on your bathroom fixtures, carefully turn-off all water at the supply source.

Step 2 - Remove the Supply Tubes

To refinish the bathroom faucet and sink, remove all of the supply lines using your adjustable wrench. Be careful not to strip the screws in the process. Use lubricant if you have any difficulty loosening the screws that attach the supply pipes.

Step 3 - Remove and Sand the Faucets

Carefully remove portions of the faucet and sink that you wish to refinish. Lay them flat on a newspaper. Use medium grit sandpaper to gently sand the entire surface. Doing so will remove stains and paint from the surface of the metal. Then wipe the metal surfaces with a damp cloth and allow them a few minutes to dry completely.

Step 4 - Prime, Paint and Lacquer the Metal

Follow the instructions on the metal primer to completely coat the surfaces. Allow plenty of time for the primer to dry before applying the paint. Once the primer has dried, apply a coat of paint according to the manufacturer's instructions. After that coat dries, apply a second coat of paint. Finally, apply the metal lacquer to the fixtures you are restoring. Doing so protects the paint against water and other types of damage.

Step 5 - Reconstruct the Faucet and Fixtures

Once the lacquer has dried, carefully reinstall the fixtures. If you have any questions about restoring a particularly delicate fixture in your bathroom, do not hesitate to speak with an expert or an antique restoration company for more advice.