Is Bathtub Refinishing Worth It?

If you have a chipped, discolored or just plain grungy tub, you might be considering replacement. Bathtub replacement can be expensive, though—between removal and disposal of the old tub, reinstalling a new one and addressing any tile or plumbing issues, the project can cost thousands of dollars. Plus, your bathroom will be out of commission for weeks. If your tub is structurally sound, however, bathtub refinishing can be a great option.

Bathtub refinishing, also known as bathtub resurfacing, is a cost-effective way to restore your tub’s appearance.

What kind of tubs can be refinished?

Cast iron, steel and fiberglass tubs are all suitable for refinishing. As long as the tub only has surface damage, the refinishing process will restore the tub’s former glory. You’ll be able to get rid of discoloration and stains, minor cracks and chips and restore the original glossy look. Bathtub refinishing can make your tub look new—and it’s great if you’d like to change the color of the tub, too.

If, however, your tub has major cracks or leaks, is more than 25 years old, is too outdated for your bathroom or is full of mold and mildew, it’s better to replace the tub altogether. Large cracks and leaks are structural damage, which can’t be solved by refinishing. If the tub is on the older side, it’s best to replace it—modern tubs generally last a couple of decades. Finally, mold and mildew are health hazards, and need to be removed as soon as possible. That’s especially important if the mold has spread to the walls.

How much does bathtub refinishing cost?

Bathtub refinishing typically costs $300 to $600, depending on your refinishing contractor and your specific tub. Compare that to bathtub replacement, which can be upwards of $1,500 when you factor in labor and disposal.

How does the bathtub resurfacing process work?

To resurface your tub, your contractor will first strip off the old finish and sand down the entire tub. If there are any minor cracks, chips or holes, they’ll fill them in before continuing.

Next, a primer is applied and allowed to dry. Then multiple layers of the coating are applied, and finished with a sealant. Once completely dry and cured, the bathtub is ready to use.

How long does bathtub refinishing take?

The entire process, from stripping to curing, takes one to three days. Once it’s finished, the new surface should last 10 to 15 years. It’s a fast, easy process that offers long-lasting results.

Is bathtub refinishing worth it?

If your bathtub is suitable for refinishing, and you still like its style and features, refinishing is definitely worth it. Your bathtub will look brand new, without the cost, hassle and delay that comes with tub replacement. When you want to get another 10 to 15 years out of your tub, resurfacing is the way to go.

A-1 Porcelain & Fiberglass Service Co., L.L.C. can restore your aging bathtub to look new once more. If you’re interested in bathtub refinishing, call us today to schedule a consultation.