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Re: Refinishing Tub and Sink
clh003 wrote:

With money tight, I am thinking the most economical choice would be the just refinish both

That's why you should do renovation so you won't waste money on a new bathtub.

clh003 wrote:

I assume if you do it correctly it turns out okay, but I was wondering if any of ya'll out there have used either of these products and have any advice or recommendations.

The effect is short-lived and doesn’t coincide perfectly with the white tone of my bathtub, so that if you want to save money, use professional solutions of people who has adequate equipment and knowledge.
http://www.aprefinishing.com/chicago-tile-reglazing-and-refinishing Effect after 2 years is still fantastic, and I think that it will keep for many years

Re: Refinishing Tub and Sink

I agree with what was said above. There's only so much a DIY job can do compared to a professional.

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I don't care how "professional" someone claims to be, there is simply no tub "refinishing" method that actually works in a tub that gets anything even APPROACHING regular use.

It will always always always start to peel and crack, or worse yet, it gets or has pinholes that allow water to leak under the epoxy and you get water bubbles.

It may take 4 or 5 years if you seldom use the tub, but it will happen. The only reason to do this to a tub is because you are trying to cheat potential buyers if you're putting the house on the market. It'll make it look a lot better - at first. But soon the truth will out.

If a tub is in such bad shape that you are thinking of doing this - don't. Replace it or live with it. It is sheerly a waste of money to pay someone to do this because it will not last.

Plus you can't so much as use a bathmat in the tub after doing this because the very small amount of suction will pull the epoxy up off the tub surface.

I have a 58 year old tub in my 58 year old house that has worn through the enamel until you can see the bare cast iron. I looked into this extensively a few months ago. Ultimately it became plain that a "professional" job is ultimately no better than a good DIY effort, because the material simply cannot last. And unfortunately it will cost thousands to replace this tub. It is cast iron. It is surrounded by tile - the bathroom was fully tiled up to about 4' on the walls and of course up to the ceiling around the tub. The only way to replace the tub is to break it out with a sledgehammer and demo the entire bathroom. It's not coming out without damage to the tile, which itself is also 58 years old and showing its age. No way to match that tile even ignoring the wear.

So unless and until I stumble upon $10k just lying around with nothing better to do, I just live with it. I'd rather have a bathmat and an ugly looking tub than no bathmat, a broken neck, and the stuff just peels off in a couple of years anyway, LOL!

A. Spruce
Re: Refinishing Tub and Sink
Pyewacket wrote:

I don't care how "professional" someone claims to be, there is simply no tub "refinishing" method that actually works in a tub that gets anything even APPROACHING regular use.

You are certainly welcome to your opinion, but your opinion is not a realistic view of the product or expectations of the product

Professionally sprayed coatings are second best only to the factory coating and they generally last 3 to 5 years depending on use, the short end on a heavily used tub, the long end with occasional use. I have had many long term clients, with kids, that are still happy with their results years later. At $300 to $500 this is an absolutely perfect, inexpensive alternative to a $5K to $10K bathroom remodel.

It might not be right for you, that's fine, this doesn't mean that it's not the right solution for others. Now, if you'd like to argue the finer points of professionally sprayed coatings vs DIY applications, I'm right there with you, you are not going to get the same level of quality or longevity out of the coating, and you're more likely to have bubbling/peeling issues with DIY kits.

If you want to argue cost to benefit ratios of professionally sprayed coatings, you will lose, every time. As stated, these coatings are not meant to be a permanent fix, however, they can improve the appearance for a number of years until you or the next owner are ready for that much more expensive remodel. Even if you have to have it resprayed every 3 to 5 years, you're still going to have far less investment in 30 years than you would for a remodel project. And, here's the kicker, you get to enjoy a nice bathroom that whole time, not a worn out, rusty, nasty looking mess.

The last thing I will leave you with is this, even if you were to remodel, most people go the budget route with both materials and labor, which will leave you with an equally bad eye sore as using a botched coating, or even doing nothing at all. Professionally applied coatings absolutely are appropriate for many individuals.

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Refinishing bathroom fixtures is snake oil for home renovation. Even the so-called "pros" can't do an acceptable job. The technique itself is the problem.

If the sink or tub gets very little use - such as in a guest bathroom that nobody uses unless there's an actual guest - it MIGHT last 3 to 5 years as someone else suggested.

But if it's your main tub, forget it. It will bubble and pull up and you can't use any kind of safety mat in the tub because the tiny little rubber feet will damage the painted-on surface.

Plus, by the time you've prepped the tub, your only choice once the stuff starts peeling up is to replace the tub.

Sometimes an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Bite the bullet and replace.

I hate "refinished" tubs and sinks, and I can ALWAYS tell when that's been done. I recently did not buy a house where someone had tried to refinish the tub. And they paid pros, and the pros were the "best" in town. Doesn't matter if your the "best" when the technique itself is so fundamentally flawed.

Seriously, don't let yourself in for something that CANNOT last, and will break down and peel sooner the more often it is used. Just replace and get it over with.

Julie Weller
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I had my baby blue tub professionally sprayed (to white). The coat has never bubbled nor had tiny holes in it. However, if I drop a can of shaving cream or drop a razor and step on the separated blade cartridge, I get nicks in the surface. I then just call the guy and have him re-spray the bottom of the tub. I've had the redone tub 7 years with about 3 cover up sprays and am happy with it. Do note that my contractor spent a lot of time interviewing contractors/apply-ers for this.

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To those stating a professionally recoated tub will not last, I disagree based on prior experience.  I had a white tub redone years ago.  Dont recall method used, and as a Realtor, I HAVE seen a bad job or two out there, but they filled dings in the tub, sanded, glazed it.  It looked great!  We never did use abrasives on it, but it was the main/only tub in our home and "I" used it DAILY.  Four years later, when we decided to sell that home, it still looked like new!      On the DIY jobs, I have never done a tub, and don't think I ever would do my own tub.  HOWEVER, I did redo a tiled shower by following directions to the 'T'.  This was a shower my two children used regularly and IT, also, looked like new OTHER than the cement floor of it, when we sold the home.  The DIY route has been a good one for me in that shower as well as wall tiles...but I would do a tub with a pro...


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