Ekopel 2K Tips and FAQs
What can I use Ekopel on?
Ekopel 2K is designed for use on various surfaces including bathtubs, sinks, tiles, and countertops. It can be applied to substrates such as cast iron, steel, previously painted surfaces, ceramic, and fiberglass.
What is the size of a standard tub?
A standard size bathtub is 60 inches long. 30-32 inches wide or 5ft long and 2.5-2.7 ft wide.
Can Ekopel be used on tile floors?
Yes. While it is designed to be used on bathtubs, countertops, shower stalls/walls, and sinks, Ekopel can be used on many surfaces including tile flooring.
How much Ekopel is needed to recast a shower pan?
To recast a shower pan only, our 1/2 gallon kit will be the perfect size (sold as the sink kit).
What else do I need to recast my bathtub?
Suggested accessories and tools for our applications include:
Paint Tray (for ROLL-ON)
1 Mini Roller Frame(for ROLL-ON)
6 Foam Rollers (sized 4 to 6 inches) (for ROLL-ON)
Lysol Power Toilet cleaner
What is the proper bathroom temperature for applying Ekopel?
The room should be at least 72ºF one day before and during work. No warmer than 78ºF.
My bathtub is larger than the standard size (garden tub or 2 person Jacuzzi, for example). How much Ekopel do I need?
Our Ekopel Pour On and Roll-On kits are designed for a standard bathtub. In this case, one full size kit of Pour On and an additional 1/2 gallon size kit (sold as the sink kit) OR a Roll On Tub & Surround kit would be enough material to complete the project.
Should I disconnect the drain from the bathtub?
If it is possible to disconnect the bath drain, we recommend doing it. It may be possible to disconnect the plastic pipe independently through the access panel. If you cannot remove the bath drain, then close the drain hole.
How to prevent Ekopel from going into the drain?
Fill the drain hole with a paper towel. Seal the bathtub drain tightly with masking tape and carefully cut the masking tape along the contour of the bathtub drain. Disconnect or seal the upper part of the bathtub dreain pipe with masking tape.
Creating a dam with masking tape or a plastic cup can make final steps a little faster and easier.
Can the window be opened while the material is drying?
We do not recommend opening the window because dust, dirt, and insects can get into the surface that has not yet dried up.
Can silicone be applied on the material?
Silicone can be applied to the hardened material.
When should the masking tape be removed from the bathtub?
Masking tape, which is glued to the wall of the bathtub and located above the coating, should be removed immediately after applying the material. The masking tape, which protects the bathtub's "front apron" as well as tape covering the drain should be removed after the material stops dripping, which is about 5-6 hours after application.
When can I use the bathtub again after applying Ekopel?
After 24 hours, if the temperature in the bathroom is no less than 72ºF, the material becomes sufficiently hard enough to take a bath. If the temperature is 70ºF, then the bathtub can be used in 36 hours after application.
It is recommended to wait 7 days after the application before placing pots, bottles of shampoo or body wash, or cleaning pets in the bathtub. Usage of colorants, such as hair color, or various products with colorants which are used for taking a bath can be used 14 days after Ekopel application.
What is the suggested heat gun temp?
If for any reason you must use a heat gun, the recommended temp is between 200-250 degrees . Keep in mind you can burn the material so work cautiously.
How to clean and maintain your new tub after an Ekopel refinishing application?
We recommend Scrubbing Bubbles and Tilex (WITHOUT BLEACH) to our customers. For in depth cleaning, a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works well. Any acrylic-safe, nonabrasive cleaner is the best option.
For long-term care, quarterly polishing with our Bathtub Wax is highly encouraged. The helps to keep the tub easy to clean and prevents the need for hard scrubbing, which can ultimately wear down the shine over time.
How long to Ekopel applications last for?
The coating can last for 15-20 years or more if all recommendations for applying the material are followed in conjunction with proper and careful maintenance.
What color options does Ekopel offer?
Ekopel can be ordered in the following colors: Gray, Biscuit, White and Black. To order a tined kit please send an email or call 1-877-TUB-CAST.
Do Ekopel Refinishing products smell?
No! Once it is mixed it smells like a spray cleaner; very light, not intense, and quickly disappears. It is not absorbed by clothes.
Is it possible to color your hair in the bathtub/shower?
Hair Color may be rinsed in the Ekopel coated shower after waiting a full 14 days for the curing process to complete. It is vital to wash the bathtub immediately after using the colorant so that the colorant does not penetrate into the material.
How thick does Ekopel dry?
Ekopel is a very thick product. It is one of the things that makes it so durable. Roll-On Ekopel dries about 10x thicker than other painted or sprayed materials and Pour On Ekopel is about 20x thicker.
What is the best way to remove Ekopel from unwanted areas?
If you have Ekopel in an unwanted area (like flooring) simply heat up the area with a heat gun or hair dryer, and then scrape off what you can. After, use acetone to aid in further removal. If it's on your skin acetone & soap and water can be used.
Is the Bath mat machine washable?
Yes it is but we still recommend rinsing the mat off and hanging it to dry after each shower.
Are Ekopel Refinishing products dangerous to health?
The material has been tested by the German Institute ISEGA and complies with the standards DIN EN 71-3 (Safe for children) and it is harmless when it comes into contact with skin. During the mixing and application of the material, we recommend using standard protection equipment for skin, eyes, and respiratory system.
Where should containers be disposed of?
Cured material can be disposed of as general household waste. Mix residues of liquid components together and, after curing, dispose of it as household waste.
Does Ekopel have an expiration date?
The shelf life is 2 years. Store the product in a dry place, in a firmly closed container, at the temperature 50 to 70ºF. If the product gets frozen, it must be stored in a warm place for 24 hours before it can be used.
How long after an Ekopel refinishing can a Non-Slip kit be applied?
As soon as the recasting/refinishing application is dry, a non-slip kit can be applied.
How does the finish look?
Pour On Ekopel 2k is a thick, glossy, shiny, smooth finish. Roll-On Ekopel is just as durable, glossy, and shiny with a little more orange peel look to it.
Additional Product Information
How rough is the Non-Slip Kit?
The Non-Slip material is rough enough that you have grip and won't fall but gentle enough that it will not cut or scrape skin. You can still comfortably bathe on this non-slip surface.
Missing Scooper Box
We have discontinued the old scooper boxes that are inside the box. The new ones are the wings of the box. Their should be a label that says "cut for scoop." These new scoopers should work better and last longer than the old ones did.
Will the wax make it slippery?
Is the Bathmat machine washable?
What is the drying and curing time?
Can you apply a second coat of ekopel?
Ekopel Roll On is designed to be a two coat system at minimum.
For Pour On, the answer is yes. Ekopel will stick to itself, so you could do a second coat of ekopel if desired. But keep in mind Ekopel Pour On is a very thick product, so you may not need or want the second coat.
Is Ekopel guaranteed or does it have a warranty?
Due to so many variables with user consistency, there is no warranty or guarantee with Ekopel products. Be sure to follow the instructions provided in your kit and corresponding videos precisely for the best finish. We do have customer service agents available to help assist with any mistakes on the chat or give us a call.
How do I fully prepare for applying Ekopel?
Each kit comes with a specific set of instructions. The following is a general summary of the prep process.
Always begin by sanding the unit smooth to the touch with between 100 and 220 grit sandpaper. Even if it feels smooth, give it a good sand anyway. This especially important on tile surrounds, as years of invisible build-up can be present. Next, etch and deep clean the surface to be covered with Lysol Power or any toilet bowl cleaner that has hydrochloric acid in it. This will etch and deep clean the surface. RINSE THIS PRODUCT FULLY OFF THE SURFACE! You can fill any cracks, chips, holes, dents, or pitted areas with automotive Bondo and then sand smooth for a more level finish. Completely dry the surface and use painter’s tape to mask the border of the tub, surround, or sink, and tape off the drain and overflow. You will be ready to begin your application of Ekopel.
How should my bathroom be prepared?
Remove all items from the bathroom (towels, bathrobes, personal care products) and thoroughly vacuum the walls, ceiling, shelves and other places where dust would collect. This will help to avoid the dust from getting into the coating. Close the window so that insects do not come in and get into the coating. Prevent animals from entering the bathroom during the work and after, while the material is drying. Maintain the temperature in the bathroom at 72 degrees for one day before the work, at the time of the work, and for 24 hours after applying the material
Should I remove any old surface paint before applying Ekopel?
Yes. Paint, which peels off from the bathtub, sink, or other surface should be removed in order for the new layer to have good adhesion and not peel off in the future. You can scrape off the peeling areas then use 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out chips and edges. If it continues to peel or it won't smooth out, we recommend using a paint stripper to fully remove your old surface paint.
Do you have to remove all of the old finish?
No, we recommend peeling up what you can, then sand the rest smooth to the touch with 220-320 grit sandpaper. Can fill any cracks, chips, holes, dents, or pitted areas with Bondo or Epoxy and then sand smooth again.
Should I remove rust before applying Ekopel?
Yes, the rust must be removed. Use sandpaper and then wash and dry well before applying Ekopel.
Is it necessary to remove soap scum and limescale from the bathtub?
Yes. All soap scum and limescale must be removed. To do so, we recommend scrubbing with Lysol Power toilet cleaner.
Should the silicone be removed from the edges of the bathtub?
Yes. Silicone must be removed completely. If the material is applied on a surface where silicone is not removed, the material may peel off or create other undesirable results. A light sanding around the areas of concern (previously siliconed) is recommended.
My bathtub has chips, grooves, cracks. Will this material cover them?
If your tub has chips in the surface, they need to be filled with Epoxy or Bondo filler (purchased separately in any DIY-store). After the Epoxy or Bondo dries, smooth out the area by using sandpaper.
My project has some places where the enamel is worn down to the metal. Do I need to do something extra?
The Ekopel will seal and bond directly to the metal. Before applying, make sure that any rust is removed. Grooves can be leveled using Bondo or Epoxy filler (purchased separately in any DIY-store).
Water from a closed faucet leaks into the bathtub. Will it interfere with the recasting?
It is necessary to eliminate/repair the leak, or turn off the water connection during the work and drying period to prevent water from getting on the bathtub surface.
What is the recommended sandpaper to prep with?
Use 220-320 grit sandpaper to prep your surface. You want it to be smooth to the touch. Even if it's pretty smooth to begin with, it is still recommended to give it a quick sand. Sanding is an important prep step to not miss and ensures proper adherence of the material.
Is the Ekopel primer needed?
We recommend it for areas that had/have bad rust spots, places fixed with Bondo, or just as a precautionary method. The primer will ensure a good, long lasting bond. Remember that a little goes a long way; the 5oz bottle will be plenty for a bathtub and surround unit.
How to clean Ekopel off of wall tiles, flooring, or drain?
If the material has not yet hardened, it can be cleaned with acetone or isopropyl alcohol, or even a baby wipe. If the material has hardened, heat the area that you would like to remove with a dryer and scrape the material with a knife.
If I get FISHEYES what should I do?
Fisheyes are areas where the material did not fully adhere or separated. They are typically caused by not sanding an area, improper cleaning, rinsing and drying of the surface, or too high humidity. To remedy this issue let the surface completely dry. Sand it smooth and then apply a spray primer (dust coating) like Kilz Primer. Recoat the area by rolling a layer of Ekopel from our Touch Up kit.
What should be done when dust or insects have got on the surface of the bathtub?
To remove an insect easily, heat that specific area with a hair dryer and remove the particle with a sharp object. After cooling, polish this place with a soft cloth with a rubbing compound. If a deep hole remains, use our Ekopel Touch Up kit to repair it. Any places where dust accumulated can also be polished with a soft cloth and a rubbing compound.
I discovered paint run, drips or bumps after applying Ekopel. What should I do?
Drips, sags, and irregularities can be leveled, using 220-400 grit sandpaper, and then 1500 grit and then buffing these places with a soft cloth and rubbing compound. If the defects have not disappeared, then another way to fix the surface is to sand down the whole unit smooth and recoat with an additional kit of the Ekopel purchased for the project. If it is just a smaller area then a Touch Up kit would be a good option.
Yellowish Stain after Ekopel Application?
Yellowish stains are caused by not mixing the product well enough for long enough. Part B will rise to the top and produce yellow spots. To minimize the look of the stains you can try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and baking soda. If the stains still do not disappear, the best option is to sand down the stained area and recoat with a rolled, thin coat of the Ekopel Touch Up kit.
I dropped a heavy object in the bathtub and a chip is appeared. What should I do?
The chip needs to be repaired immediately. If this is not done, water can get through the chip under the paint and the Ekopel could peel off. To repair the chip, sand the chipped area and use our Ekopel Touch Up Kit over it.
How to fix drip marks
How to fix streaks?
Streaks are often confused with drip marks. Streaks are when the material didn't fully cover, or covered a little thin in an area and looked streaky. We recommend sanding the affected area smooth to the touch with 220-320 grit sandpaper, make sure it's smooth to the touch or it will mirror the affected area. Then use the Ekopel Touch Up kit to recover the area.
The material is still tacky outside the typical dry time window.
This can be caused by a mixing issue. If the Component A and Component B aren't mixed well enough for long enough or if you didn't use any of Component B, this would result in a project that will not dry. If the room temp is too cold this can also hinder the drying process. To fix this issue it is recommended to scrape off the tacky material, sand smooth again if needed, and reapply Ekopel to the affected areas with a Touch Up kit.
Bubbles form months later?
If water gets up under the finish bubbles may result. This can happen from not re-caulking the tub when done with the application or if there was a chip or crack that wasn't repaired right away. To fix this we recommend peeling up any loose pieces, sand smooth then re-coat the affected areas with an Ekopel Touch Up kit.
Product hardened too fast?
Ekopel dries in 24-36 hours. Once you mix that Part B into A you only have about 45 minutes to 1 hour to work with the material and get it on your project. After that the material becomes too difficult to work with. If using the Pour On kit, pour the material immediately after mixing. If you were to leave the material mixed in the container it begins to get really hot and harden. Best practice is to mix and apply all variations of Ekopel immediately
Why did my non-slip come out smooth?
If you pour your non-slip on too thick it can come out smooth. It is recommended to purchase another kit and reapply it thinner this time.
Can be caused from not pulling the mat up after each shower, rinsing it off, and hanging to dry. Can also be caused from water quality (like hard water or iron) or chemicals in your shower products like shampoo conditioner, etc.
How to remove unwanted ekopel?
If you have Ekopel in an unwanted area, like a floor, you can heat up the area with a heat gun or hair dryer and then scrape off what you can. Then use a wet cloth, baby wipe. or acetone to get the rest off. If it's on your hands use soap and water.
If you don't remove the tape around the drain at hour 4-5 then the material can flow over the drain and completely cover it up. If this happens use a heat gun or hair dryer to heat the drain area up and score around the drain where the drain hole is.
If this doesn't work then you can use a dremel tool and cut it out. From there you can sand any affected areas smooth to the touch with 220-320 grit sandpaper and buff it out or use our Ekopel Touch Up kit if needed.
If you get Ekopel material in the drain try to heat it up with a heat gun or hair dryer and scrape out what you can. If you can't get anything out you will have to call a plumber to replace the pipes. If the area around the drain has pooled, dried and is a little too thick you can sand it down a bit with 220-320 grit sandpaper, then use 600 grit to 1500 grit. Finally, use any car buffing compound to bring the shine back
Roll-On Ekopel Refinishing Kits
Updated Instructions 2023
Ekopel 2K Roll-On Kit Instructions
Recommended Tools :Paint Tray, 1 Mini Roller Frame, 6 Foam Rollers (4 to 6 inches), Foam Brush, Masking Tape, Masking Paper, Lysol Power Toilet cleaner, Razor Blade, and Gloves
*Before You Begin* Make sure the room temperature is at least 72 degrees (High humidity can cause fisheyes). If the tub is damaged, fill large chips, holes, dents, cracks, or pitted areas if necessary with a high-quality auto body filler.
STEP 1: PREP & CLEAN THE TUB – 45 MINUTES
1. Remove all items from and around the tub, shower, or surround. Remove all old caulk using a razor blade. *ANY RESIDUE OR CONTAMINATION WILL CAUSE UNDESIRED RESULTS
2. SCRUB surface using Lysol Power Toilet Cleaner or any toilet cleaner with Hydrochloric acid in it. (Tip: It's extremely important that your tub be free of soap scum. Rinse the surface with water.)
3. While the surface is wet, sand the entire tub with 220-320 grit sandpaper. Rinse the tub completely and DRY FULLY.
STEP 2: PREP THE SURROUNDING AREA – 30 MINUTES
4. Place a plastic bag over the spout and shower head to prevent water dripping.
5. Use painter’s tape to mask the border of the tub, surround, or sink, and tape off the drain and overflow.
6. Place a paper floor covering, or another protective surface on the floor around the tub.
7. Wipe everything out one final time with a paper towel, ensuring the entire surface is clean, dry, and free of debris. (Isopropyl Alcohol is great for a final wipe down)
STEP 3: ROLLING FIRST COAT – 40 MINUTES
8. Pour all of Ekopel Part B into Part A.
9. Hand Mix in the same container for 5 to 10 minutes.
10. Pour the mixed material into a paint tray.
11. Using a foam roller, apply a thin, even coat of the material working high to low, and inside to the outside. Roll in a consistent direction for best results (Tip: If the roller shows signs of wear, switch before it breaks.)
12.. Use a foam brush to dab any areas the roller could not reach.
13.. Wait 3 hours or until dry to touch before second application
*1 container per coat is required. NEVER reuse the first mixed container for the second coat.
STEP 4: ROLLING THE SECOND COAT - 40 MINUTES
1. Repeat Step 3 with the 2nd set of A and B.
2. 45 minutes after application, remove any masking and tape.
3. After 24 hours, the tub is ready to be re-caulked and used as normal!
Standard Care and Maintenance: Use cleaners without bleach or grit (we recommend Scrubbing Bubbles), and clean often to avoid the need for scrubbing! Should you feel you need a bathmat in the bottom of your refinished tub, that is ok! Use one without suction cups like Refinished Bath Solutions Original Bathmat. Remove and rinse between uses.
Pour On Ekopel Recasting Kits
Updated Pour On Instructions 2023
Pour On Ekopel Instructions.
-----GLOVES ARE RECOMMENDED- Extra FOAM rollers may be necessary-----
1.Prepare the bathroom: Warm the bathroom to 72 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 12 hours before application. Place a portable heater in the bathtub and keep the bathroom door closed.
2. Remove coatings: Sand down or use paint stripper to remove any previously applied coatings on the tub surface.
3. Remove caulking: Use a razor blade to remove ALL caulking or silicone from the edges of the tub. Clean the area with alcohol.
4. Clean the tub: Scrub and wash the surface with Lysol Power Toilet Cleaner. While still wet, sand the surface. Rinse thoroughly and completely dry the surface using a blow dryer or heat gun.
5.Fill large chips: If there are any large chips, fill them with a high-quality auto body filler after cleaning the tub.
6. Prepare for application: Tape off the drain with masking tape. For added protection, create a tape dam 2 inches from the drain.
7. Mix the materials: Hand mix Part A and Part B for 10 minutes. Wait for 5 minutes, then mix for an additional 2-3 minutes.
8. Begin pouring: Bend the container in half and start pouring from the top of the tub.
9. Apply to walls: Pour the entire container on the inside of the three walls. Scoop any excess material back into the pail.
10. Use a foam roller: Use a foam roller with light pressure to push excess material from the top rail of the tub. Move material in pooling areas over any missed spots on the walls. HAVE EXTRA FOAM ROLLERS HANDY-ROLLERS CAN DISINTEGRATE IF TOO MUCH PRESSURE IS APPLIED.
11. Apply to the front rail: Pour the remaining scooped material onto the front rail. Use the roller to push the material to flow on both the inside and outside tub walls. Scoop and re-pour if necessary.
12. Level and remove excess: Level out the material and remove excess from the bottom of the tub. Remove tape from the walls.
13. Remove bubbles: Use a heat gun or hair dryer to eliminate micro foam bubbles. This prevents staining while the material oxidizes. Then, remove the tape.
14. Clean up excess material: After 1 hour, remove the tape dam and regularly scoop off or wipe away excess material from the drain and floor tape.
15. Wait for material to settle: Wait until the material stops moving onto the drain area, and then remove any remaining tape after 4-6 hours.
16. Clean up if needed: If there is any wet Ekopel remaining (on the surrounding floor for example), remove it with a wet wipe or rubbing alcohol.
17. Final waiting period: Remove all tape and wait 24-36 hours before using the tub.\
Follow these steps carefully to achieve the best results when applying Ekopel. Enjoy your newly refinished tub!