When your bathtub looks dingy, dull and old, it’s time to consider bathtub refinishing. Instead of tearing out your old tub and replacing it with a brand-new one—and all the associated costs that go with it—you can spend a fraction of the price to refinish your old tub. You’ll get a beautiful, glossy and functional tub in just 24 to 48 hours.
Is bathtub refinishing right for your tub? Read on to learn more about the process.
The refinishing process
Your porcelain or fiberglass tub can easily be restored when you work with the pros. Bathtub refinishing usually takes 24 to 48 hours to complete and cure, at which point you can use your tub again.
The process has several steps. First, your contractor will strip the old finish and sand down the old surface. This creates a smooth foundation to apply the new finish. Next, they’ll repair any holes, chips, cracks or other surface issues that have appeared. Once repaired, they’ll be able to move on to applying the new coating.
The new surface involves applying primer, several layers of the new coating and a sealant. The bathtub’s surface is then buffed to a high shine.
Is bathtub refinishing right for me?
Bathtub refinishing usually costs about $300 to $600. Compare that to about $1,500 to replace your bathtub, at a minimum. Removing and hauling away the old tub, buying a new one and installing it is a long and involved process. You won’t be able to use your bathroom until the new tub is installed. It may also require plumbing and tile work, if the new tub is a different size or shape than your old tub or if damage occurred during the removal of your previous tub.
As long as your tub doesn’t have any major structural damage, it can be refinished. In fact, you can even refinish it in a brand-new color. Although white is a classic choice, many bathtub refinishing contractors are able to refinish your tub in a range of attractive colors.
On the other hand, if you’re interested in getting a new size or shape or a tub with different features—like Jacuzzi jets—bathtub refinishing may not be suitable for you. If, however, you prefer the character or cost-saving quality of your old tub, you can use refinishing to extend your old bathtub’s lifespan.
Bathtub refinishing typically adds 10 to 15 years to your tub’s lifespan—it’s a great way to put off major repairs for another, better time.
Can I do it myself?
There are kits available to refinish your own bathtub. However, we strongly discourage this. Although it’s technically cheaper, there’s a lot more room for user error. You risk getting stuck with an imperfect tub when you go the DIY route.
DIY bathtub refinishing kits are also limited in color, and may not last as long as a professional refinish. Generally, it’s best to do it right the first time and enjoy your good-as-new tub in the coming years.
Call A-1 Porcelain & Fiberglass Service Co., L.L.C. to get started.