How many times can a tub be reglazed?

eks6426January 29, 2012

I have a cast iron tub that is original to my 1940 house. It has been reglazed at least once maybe 15 years or so ago. There are now chips in the finish and it looks perpetually dirty no matter how much we clean. We are planning a bathroom remodel and trying to decide what to do with the tub. It is in a standard tub alcove. We will be doing most of the work ourselves so not replacing the tub would certainly be easier. I would hire out the tub refinishing to make sure it gets done correctly, but I don't want to remodel the entire bath and just reglaze the tub if we are going to have the same chipping in the the tub just a few years down the road.


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Replace the tub. I'm surprised you got 15 years out of it. Most don't get but 2-3.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 10:38AM
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Refinishing and reglazing are two different things. Reglaze requires it to be removed and taken somewhere that has an oven to bake the finish on...

    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 4:28PM
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We are remodeling our main bathroom. It has a cast iron tub with tile around it. We are not changing the tub but having it refinished. The company that is doing it offers a 15 year warranty. You can also buy touch up kits if you need it. I just called them and they said it can be refinished as many times as you want. Its just like painting a car. It would be stripped down and repainted.

I will be posting photos soon.

For us there is no option as to take out the tub would require taking down a wall or cutting the tub in pieces.
I am changing the color from a yellow from the 50's to white.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2012 at 11:15AM
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"Reglaze requires it to be removed and taken somewhere that has an oven to bake the finish on..."

Last time I went looking the only place that tried offering actual re-glazing was gone.

That leaves only one option, paint.
Epoxy based paints are pretty tough, but they still do not work well in bathtubs.

And even if the tub is removed and "baked" it takes a few thousand degrees to actually re-glaze (re-porcelain).
Anything else is just paint.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2012 at 2:56PM
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Hmm, thank you for setting me straight on reglazing vs refinishing. The most likely replacement tub would be acrylic. How is acrylic going to feel compared to the cast iron? Several years ago I built a house that came with those tubs that included a surround. I'm sure they were low end boulder grade but I thought they were acrylic and they were awful. Are good quality acrylics the same?

    Bookmark   January 31, 2012 at 8:33PM
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