Dull, worn, stained, or chipped bathtubs
are frequently discarded as part of a bathroom
remodeling job. However, if the damage to
your tub is superficial, you may want to
consider reglazing the tub, a process that
is faster and less expensive than replacing
or recovering with a bathtub insert. The
tub can be left in place, the work done in
a day, and the luster and shine or the original
color restored or a new color created.
The term reglazing is a bit of
The bathtub refinishing project
using strong chemicals and a
bit of muscle
to strip the tub and create a
to which a new top coat can adhere.
rather than firing the tub as
done (an impracticality if you
the work in place), a synthetic
generally an epoxy mixture --
Although not as durable as the
the new surface should last 5-10
quality materials are used and
you use proper
care when cleaning (e.g., avoid
Do-it-yourself kits abound, but the would
be do-it-yourselfer should be strongly cautioned.
The work can be tedious (dust and dirt left
on the surface or settling later can ruin
the job), the chemicals toxic and explosive,
and the work may require special equipment
(such as a low pressure sprayer) to get a
professional quality result.
If you decide to turn to a professional,
here are some tips to help you
- As with any contractor, check references.
Look for affiliations such as the BBB and
indications that the company will be in business
in coming years (in order to remedy under
warranty any problems that may later surface).
- Have the price quote include the list of
materials to ensure you are
materials. Determine in advance
if the price
- any extra preparation, such as scraping,
that must be done
- caulking or grouting around the edge of the
- non-slip surfaces, if you so desire.
- Product and work warranties.