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Bathtub Refinishing Methods


Buying a new thing is not always a good way out. Sometimes, it makes more sense to renovate or repair what you have. For example, when it comes to a bath that is too bulky and heavy, its replacement is too expensive and time-consuming to abandon the idea of restoration. Fortunately, modern methods and materials make it possible to make almost any bath hygienic, aesthetic, and pleasant to use.

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Bathtub Repairs

The old bathtubs which have been in service for many years and even decades are usually made of cast iron or steel. This is thick, durable, and reliable metal is almost impossible to be damage, however, the top enamel coating of the tub is not nearly as reliable.

Therefore, when it comes to the restoration of a bathtub, it means the reglazing or refinishing of the enamel covering its inner surface. Today, there are three ways to get a smooth, uniformly white, and glossy finish: re-enamel or refinishing, installing an acrylic bathtub liner, and reglazing with liquid acrylic.

Spray-On or Pour-On Application?

Enameling is the coating of a prepared bath surface with epoxy enamel. This two-component paint has a dense structure. It is applied in a thick layer which can correct enamel defects such as dark and rusty spots, loss of smoothness, and gloss.

This renewal method was popular in the past and is still relevant due to two key benefits. You can carry out work the repair process yourself, and the price of the material itself is very affordable. Bathtub enameling is very affordable; therefore, it is often used to renovate a bathroom with minimal investment.

However, the low price is almost the only advantage of this method. Epoxy enamel cannot provide a permanent, long-lasting restoration effect. If the bathtub is actively used, then such a repair will last for a year at best. You should not consider re-enamel as a restoration method if the tub not only has cosmetic defects but also deeper damages.

Chips, cracks, and detachments create irregularities on the bathtub surface, and filling them with enamel will not fix the problem.

The re-enamel process is a conventional finishing process that takes place with a roller or brush. These tools can leave traces of lint, and the viscous consistency of the material does not give a perfectly flat, uniform, and smooth finish.

Epoxy enamel cannot be called a material with modern characteristics. It should be applied in several layers, and it will take 5-7 days to wait for the surface to dry completely. All this time, the bathroom will not be able to be used, and there will be a pungent smell of paint in the room.

Bathtub Spraying
Bathtub Spraying

Bottom line: bathtub enamel can be considered as an option for an inexpensive cosmetic repair in an apartment that is temporarily empty. In other cases, it is better to consider other options.

Spray-On Application Pour-On Application
Lifetime check 1-3 years check 7-15 years
Same Day Service? check 2-3 days check Yes
Working Process check from 5 hours check 3-4 hours
Odorless check no check yes
Drying Time check 2 days check 24 hours
COST from $259 from $259
Main difference

Bathtub Liner Installation

A tub liner is a durable acrylic-coated plastic product that is made to fit your bath and is designed to be inserted and glued to the interior surface.

This method is also called "bathtub insert". The undoubted advantage of this repair method is that, regardless of the initial state of the bathtub, the outcome is an ideal acrylic bath.

Installation a tub liner takes place quite quickly if an experienced and diligent craftsman takes on the job. After such repair, it will be possible to use the bathroom the very next day, which is very convenient for residential apartments. Also, the service life of the bathtub can reach 15-20 years, provided careful handling and proper care.

The main success factor when repairing a tub with an acrylic insert is the level of professionalism of the craftsman. The method is really good only if the technique is strictly adhered to with the smallest nuances.

Acrylic Bathtub Liner Installation
Acrylic Bathtub Liner Installation

Installation errors will inevitably lead to liner breakage. At the same time, the cost of such repairs is significantly higher in comparison with other methods.

Bathtub Liner Pour-On Application
Lifetime check up to 5 years check more than 15 years
Same Day Service? check 2-3 days check Yes
Working Process check from 2 days check 3-4 hours
Removing Tiles check Required check No
COST (from) $699 $259
Main difference

Bathtub Restoration With Liquid Acrylic

Pour-on application method using liquid acrylic combines efficiency, affordability, and durability, therefore it has an increasing number of supporters both among professional craftsmen and among consumers.

Bathtub are reglazed with a layer of polymer material with high strength and adhesion rates.

Liquid acrylic forms a perfectly smooth layer with an intense glossy shine and uniform color, by adhering to the previously prepared surface. This material not only looks aesthetically pleasing but also durable and resistant to all kinds of damage.

Tub restoration by pour-on application method can be carried out in residential apartments since it does not create inconvenience for a long time. The working process itself takes about 3 hours, and the solidification of the material takes about 24 hours. It depends on the temperature in the room.

An important advantage of the method is its safety and environmental friendliness. Composition is almost odorless, does not emit toxins, and is harmless to all family members.

All stages of work take place on the installed bathtub and do not require dismantling or damage to the finishing elements.

Reglazing With Liquid Acrylic
Bathtub Reglazing With Liquid Acrylic

Any bathtub can be restored to its new state this way. Sizes, shapes, degrees of wear do not matter. Refinishing and resurfacing by pour-on application method will be equally successful on an old cast iron tub from a bygone era as well as a modern hot tub.

Subject to the choice of high-quality certified material and the work of a skilled experienced craftsman, the result of the restoration will be aesthetically flawless, and the service life of the bath will be about 7-15 years.

Bathtub Before and After Acrylic Restoration

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AvatarJamie G · 4 days ago
Nice job by Artem on reglazing a previously painted but now flaking standard bath tub.
This company was very responsive by instant message and gave clear answers on which to ...
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AvatarDeepa Manohara · a month ago
They were great, easy to schedule an appointment, did a timely, excellent job. The tub ...
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AvatarMaria Prokuronova · a month ago
Great service! Quick and efficient! Looks great!
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In addition to all the advantages of liquid acrylic, the affordable cost, and the ability to get different shades by tinting, you get a modern material for tub refinishing with ideal characteristics.

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