15 Jun Should you Refinish Your Tub And Why?
Your bathtub has seen better days and you’re now contemplating between replacing it with a new tub or refinishing the one you have. It’s always nice to relax in a warm bath after a long day to unwind. But, when your tub is deteriorating or dingy, taking a bath in it will likely be the last thing you’ll want to do. If your tub is ready to be replaced, you might want to consider refinishing it instead and here’s why.
Having to replace an old tub with a newer model isn’t always as simple as it sounds. You almost always have to cut the original tub into pieces in order to get it to fit through your bathroom door. Plus, you may need to remove and replace things like:
Another important factor to take into consideration is your budget. While the cost of a new bathtub might not seem too bad, the installation process of a new tub involves many steps. And, this can include plumbing costs, installation costs and demolition of your old tub.
So, if you’re wanting a fresh looking bathtub but without the hefty cost, refinishing might be your answer. It takes less time to refinish an existing tub and you still wind up with great results, but without the time and hassle.
It’s a better idea to hire a professional to come in and refinish your existing tub. Whether your tub is stained or dingy or has cracks or rust, a trained expert should have no problems fixing and refinishing the surface so your tub looks brand new again. Steel, fiberglass and cast-iron bathtubs can be refinished in an entirely new color or to match the original color.
The Refinishing Process
This involves a few steps:
- First, the professional will strip the old finish off and sand the bathtub, creating a smooth surface.
- They will then repair any cracks, holes, rust spots or chips.
- They’ll then apply a primer, several layers of coating and then a sealant.
You typically can use your tub again in one to three days. The refinishing job should last anywhere from 10 to 15 years.
You can find DIY refinishing kits, but you’re better off hiring a trained professional contractor to do this work because the refinishing kits don’t use the same technology as the pros and you’ll end up with less durable results that look painted on instead of smooth.
Will your Bathtub Work?
If your existing tub is in decent shape but is covered in minor scratches, stains or other types of surface imperfections, refinishing may be a great option. It’s also a good idea for certain types of tubs too, like antique heavy cast iron claw-foot tubs. You can definitely refinish an acrylic bathtub too as long as it doesn’t have any substantial problems.
Consult with a professional contractor with any questions or quotes on a refinishing job. Each may be different in their opinions and prices.