large dent in bottom of tub

juniornoodleMay 25, 2014

Hi there,

I moved into a rental apartment that has an old tub with a large dent on the bottom (maybe 2 feet long by 10 inches wide). It collects water after every use of the shower and I'm wondering what methods I can take to cheaply repair this. Since it's a rental unit, I'm not doing anything major and it doesn't really have to be a solution that lasts a life time.

I was considering using bondo or a similar product and was also thinking about a polymer filler. Would either of these things work to fill the dent? I am concerned about whether separation will occur between the filler I use and the tub. Do I need to take consideration of what material the tub itself is made of?

Thanks very much!

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snoonyb

" Do I need to take consideration of what material the tub itself is made of?"

YEP!

If fiberglass find a corvette mech.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 4:33PM
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saltidawg

If renting, I'd think about the ability of returning the tub to it's original condition at the end of lease... unless you are contemplating a repair that is BOTH functional AND aesthetically pleasing in appearance.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 8:36PM
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kudzu9

You should throw this in your landlord's lap to get fixed...it's not your property to repair. Otherwise, at the end of your lease, the landlord could easily seize your damage deposit on the pretext that your "repair" damaged his property.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 8:56PM
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tim45z10

If you are serious about it. This may work on cast iron only.
Heat the area with a torch, when it gets hot throw cold water on it.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 8:24PM
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saltidawg

"If you are serious about it. This may work on cast iron only.
Heat the area with a torch, when it gets hot throw cold water on it. "

You are kidding, right? lol

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 9:57PM
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bus_driver

Some Internet advice is terrible. Cold water on hot cast iron?

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 7:35PM
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dkenny

and the landlords response?

cold water on hot cast iron..um..what about the porcelain on top of the cast iron?
crack.flake off..you get what you pay for on the internet..

-dkenny

    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 8:57PM
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bus_driver

If the tub has dent in the bottom and no crack, it is not cast iron. Cast iron does not dent without breaking.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 7:46AM
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tim45z10

My idea probably wont work work for you. The support, on the tub or the floor have deteriorated.

Those of you who say this wont work. I have seen a dented cast iron tub fixed this way.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2014 at 12:56PM
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saltidawg

"Those of you who say this wont work. I have seen a dented cast iron tub fixed this way. "

Any pictures showing the intact glaze? lol

    Bookmark   July 5, 2014 at 1:03PM
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