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CeliaP
Re-glaze tub and tile
CeliaP

Planning remodel of very small bathroom. Even if I gut the bathroom the layout will stay basically the same as it is because the space is so small. Bathroom is old but relatively in good shape so has always been on the to do list but a lower priority. A leaking shower faucet has bumped it up the list. Bathroom has the old 3x3 tiles in shower and along the bottom 2/3rd of walls. So there is a lot of wall tile. Originally thought of ripping out all the tile because of damage when shower faucet is replaced. Now thinking of possibly going thru closet on back side of shower to replace shower faucet handle and re-glazing tile to freshen up the space. I would most likely have the re-glazing done by a professional. I was wondering if others have gone this route and what their opinions were. One concern is the durability of it.

A. Spruce
Re: Re-glaze tub and tile
A. Spruce

I have had numerous tubs and fiberglass showers reglazed, have never had tile done, partly because you "lose" the grout line under the glaze, mostly, if tile is in bad enough shape that it needs resurfacing, IMHO, it is better to replace it than to try to refinish it.

Reglazing - professionally done - will only last 5-ish years on average, less if the area is heavily used, more if it is minimally used. Reglazing is not as durable as the original finish. Lastly, old and outdated is old and outdated, no matter how much paint and lipstick you smear over it.

dj1
Re: Re-glaze tub and tile
dj1

You mentioned that the shower was small.
You mentioned that some tiles are broken.
Why do you want to re-glaze them?

Rip them all out, prepare the walls and re-tile. You will never regret it.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Re-glaze tub and tile
Mastercarpentry
A. Spruce wrote:

old and outdated is old and outdated, no matter how much paint and lipstick you smear over it.

Agreed. I would see this as the perfect opportunity to make the bathroom into it's best so that it will last without problems for many more years to come. Re-glazing a tub when everything else is fine is an option to consider, but if you need much more than that you're going to find continuing problems requiring continuing work, leaving you to regret not doing it all at once when you could have. Tiny or not, bathrooms are one of the most important features regarding a home's value and livability so money well spent there nets you a larger increase in value than money spent almost anywhere else.

Phil

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