The famous American car mechanic, David Buick, discovered an economical method to coat cast iron baths with vitreous enamel in the 1880s. Vitreous enamel is powdered porcelain, which melts at a temperature between 750 and 850 Celsius, and is one of the toughest and most durable finishes on both cast iron and steel.
Cast iron baths can last a lifetime or more if looked after properly. Unfortunately, cast iron baths often suffer because of wrong cleaning
methods, the use of bleach being the worst culprit. Instead of making a white cast iron bath whiter, it turns the bath into a browny/grey colour often with dark streaks through the enamel. Bleach will eventually eat through the enamel and rust then becomes a problem, particularly around plugholes. Bleach also makes the bottom of the bath rough, uncomfortable and very difficult to clean.Another common problem is dripping taps, which causes a build-up of limescale if the water is soft, or brown, blue or green staining if the water is hard.
The combination of lime scale and staining will likewise eventually eat away at the enamel,
Someone then came up with the idea of coating cast iron baths with car paint, which is often referred to as re-surfacing or even re-enameling. Car paint may look all right to begin with but in a relatively short space of time it will begin to stain and eventually start peeling off.
If your cast iron bath is in original condition but rough, stained and difficult to clean, the Bath Wizard’s unique method of cleaning and polishing can restore your bath to its former glory. All that needs done then is to fix any dripping taps by replacing the washers and then clean the bath with Astonish Bathroom Cleaner. Ideally the bath should be dried with a towel after use.
All baths are done in situ and require to be plumbed in with running water and electricity available.