How to Remove Paint from the Bathtub


Rosanne asked: How can I remove layers of paint from an old bathtub? I just moved into an old rental property, and it looks like someone tried to paint the tub with white paint. They also put a layer of beige paint on top of the white. My son and I have been trying to scrape the layers of paint with a utility knife and scraper. It has been very difficult. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Painted tubs can start to chip and wear over time leaving them looking worn and damaged. It will require a chemical paint remover to remove the paint completely. Here are the steps for a successful removal.

You Will Need:

  • Chemical paint remover/stripper (ex: Peel Away 7)
  • Plastic tarps
  • Tape
  • Soft cloths

Steps to Remove the Paint:

  1. Ensure the room is well ventilated prior to starting the paint removal. Chemical removal products can produce fumes that can irritate the airways.
  2. Spread plastic tarps over the surrounding floor, walls and fixtures. Tape them in place to ensure that no chemicals damage the surfaces.
  3. Apply and remove the paint remover following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. Once all of the paint is removed, evaluate the tub to see if it needs to be resealed.
  5. Remove all of the tape and plastic and dispose of it properly.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • If Peel Away 7 is not available, consult any paint store or the paint department in a home improvement store for the available products. Read the packaging carefully to ensure it is safe to use on the bathtub surface.
  • This method is intended to remove layers of paint that have been applied to the entire bathtub. It is not to remove small spots or splashes of paint from other painting projects. Removing those spots requires much simpler removal methods.


  1. Michele says:

    This was very helpful! I have all the paint off, and the edges and sides are smooth and shiny, but the bottom is rough. I don’t want to repaint tub; is there a clear gloss or sealer I can use?

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