Bathtub Refinishing: What Is It & Does It Last

Bathtub resurfacing, bathtub reglazing, and bathtub re-enameling are all commonly used terms for bathtub refinishing.  This is the process of refreshing the surface of a tub that is worn out or damaged and making it like new.  Typically, the process involves repairing any damaged areas found on the surface of the tub.  A type of polyester putty is typically used to restore chips or cracks in the surface of the tub.  Acid etching is typically applied to the surface after all necessary repairs are made.  This provides a porous surface before applying the coating.  An alternate method to acid etching is to apply the adhesion promoter bonding agent known as saline.  These two steps can actually be done together.  Once this is done, typically a component cross-link synthetic white coating is applied to the tub.  The coating typically does not have the tolerance or abrasiveness of the original coating.  Coatings are also available that can be rolled, brushed, or sprayed on.  Refinishing a bathtub can be done by going to the hardware store and buying a do it yourself kit, or by calling a professional.


Typically, a refinished bathtub will not last forever.  If done correctly the refinished tub can last for up to three and a half years, if not aggressively used.  It is not going to provide the same feel as the original tub, however, and it’s typically not going to look as nice.  Breaking a refinished tub is also easier due to the amount of coating and materials applied to the appliance.  While refinishing is good for people on a budget, it’s important to realize it’s only going to last a little while because in all honesty nothing lasts forever.  A refinished tub is a good idea to get you through a rough patch until you can afford a new one, as long as that rough patch doesn’t end ten years down the road.  Otherwise, it may be a good idea to go ahead and invest in a new tub.

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