On average, a quality bathtub refinish can last 10 to 15 years with proper care and maintenance. Refinishing the tub helps protect the integrity, color, and finish. If the bathtub is in good working order but only needs a facelift on the surface, hiring a professional to refinish the bathtub is probably worth it. This post will answer everything about reglazing bathtubs, along with the pros and cons of resurfacing bathtubs.
Replacing or Refinishing Your Bathtub
It could be relaxing to take a long bath after a long day. But is your bathtub ready for you or does it have cracks, chips, and surface mildew? Your first thought would be to replace the bathtub entirely. Well, it is understandable that you don’t want anything to do with your old tub and want to replace it as soon as possible. But have you sat down and calculated the costs of a new tub? That is not all; you have to factor in labor costs as well.
Now on to your second thought, how about refinishing (in other words reglazing, re-surfacing, refurbishing) your bathtub? You see, you will be doing some repairs and bath resurfacing, which may not leave a huge hole in your pocket. It is something you would want to think about. However, that is a decision you have to make depending on your financial situation and what condition the tub is in. Nevertheless, we feel that refinishing a bathtub may be the most efficient route to getting a like-new bathtub.
Is Reglazing a Bathtub a Good Idea?
Honestly, there is no right or wrong to this question, it just depends on the particular case you have in front of you. However, if the costs of reglazing are lower than your tub’s overhaul (most of the time), then yes, it is a good idea to have a professional refinish the tub.
Bathtub Refinishing Steps
The various steps of resurfacing a bathtub:
Stripping off the old finish and sanding the bathtub.
Removing rust spots, repairing cracks, chips, and filling holes.
Applying primer, sealant, and multiple layers of coat.
FAQs About Bathtub Reglazing
Q: How long do you have to wait to Shower after Refinish/Reglazing your Tub?
A: At least 1 day. But always follow the professional’s suggestions.
Q: Are Bathtub Refinishing Fumes Dangerous?
Reglazing fumes are toxic and wearing a mask does not entirely prevent them. It’s always recommended to leave the area when the professionals are refinishing the bathtub.
When Reglazing is Not the Solution
Refinishing will only work if the bathtub has good dexterity but just needs a surface facelift. If the tub is beyond salvaging or homeowners prefer a different size tub – replacing the bathtub is the best solution.
DIY vs Professional Bathtub Reglazing
It is possible to perform a DIY bathtub refinish project. The average homeowner with skills and a very expensive HVLP sprayer can usually take 3-5 days to complete the process whereas Rapid Refinishing can start and finish within a day. The process is better left to the experts.