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Question DetailsAsked on 5/23/2011

Has anyone had Acrylic bath lining installed?

I've been thinking of having an acrylic lining put on my existing bathtub and surrounding walls and ceiling. I don't want to worry about water affecting the grout and tile that are on the walls now. The only two businesses in the area (Chicago suburbs) I know that do it are Bath Fitter and Empire (carpets). Both are national? Has anyone had it done? By whom? Happy with it? Regrets?

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Do your homework about acrylics. they are easily stratched.

Several years ago a friend paid big bucks for a special order acyllic tub. After the subcontractors completed their work she found the tub had been scratched.. There was no way to determine if it was a factory defect, or had been damanged in transit, damanged by the installer, or the guy who did the tile work

Answered 7 years ago by tessa89

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Hi Sundog,

The List doesn't have a specific category for "acrylic bath lining," but to get more information you could try one of two things. 1) You can search the category "Bathtub Refinishing & Liners". 2) You can try a keyword search for "acrylic bath lining" or some variation of that. I think you will find a few other companies on the List that do this service.

Your best bet is to get several estimates and professional opinions from these companies (including Bath Fitter and Empire if you like). As previously stated, "do your homework" both on the product and on the companies you are considering hiring. If you're unable to find company information on Angie's List (for Bath Fitter and Empire) try checking with the BBB or Attorney General to see if they have any information on those companies. Arm yourself with as much information as possible to make an educated decision.

I hope that helps. Good luck!

Sarah

Answered 7 years ago by Sarah

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i haven't had it done, and don't suggest it. it can crack easily....think it thru...a plastic shell over your cast iron (or steel) tub.

the possibilities for a problem are endless.


Answered 7 years ago by REDMAN

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About 4 years ago, my friends had an acrylic liner installed on their tub and the surrounding walls. They are still very happy with the results. They used All Custom Re-Bath here in Ohio. http://rebathneo.com/ I don't know if it's a franchise and I couldn't locate them on Angie's List. Maybe they are in your area.

I had some kind of tile pattern paneling installed on the walls around my tub. The panels were from Home Depot and were supposed to be ok for that type of usage. I believe the surface got scratched during installation and now it's peeling in some spots because the water is getting behind the clear coat.

Good luck!

Answered 7 years ago by COhio

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Re-Bath installed a new acrylic shower base and used their acrylic wall material applied right over our mortar set tile walls about three years ago. The shower looks like the day they left after the installation. The base and the walls are so easy to take care of. We now only use common spray cleaners. Our favorite is Clorox Clean-up. I have done a lot of reading on different materials for use in the bathroom and most experts recommend acrylic because of the fact it is not porous and will not allow bacteria to grow on it. Also, if it does scratch you or a solid surface repair person can sand out the scratch and polish it to original condition. Anyway, I Goggled Re-Bath and they are at www.rebath.com.

Answered 7 years ago by Bathfixer

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Sundog, If your tub & existing tile isn't chipped, they can be cleaned & sealed to prevent potential issues realated to showering. Save your money!

My family members are shower folk; the tub & tile is 40 years old; the tile was professionally regrouted 15 years ago and looks great. To prevent mold, I spray a homemade solution of 20/80 bleach/water between regular scrubbings. Walls & ceiling above the tile are painted with a quality enamel. With adequate ventilation, shower over-spray shouldn't be an issue.

Answered 7 years ago by tessa89

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I guess whether or not to install an acrylic liner is a personal choice and you have to think about how it will work for you, but I just wanted to add that I had my tub done about a year ago, and am so happy with the results! Everything is almost as clean and white as the day the work was done (would probably look better if I'd clean the bathroom every once and a while, heh), and it is such an improvement over the dingy, moldy, rust-stained, yellowing stuff the previous homeowners had installed. I have had no problem keeping the tub clean and scratch free.

We used Re-Bath, but also got estimates from a local company and Bath Fitters. Re-Bath offered us the best deal, plus they had a longer history than the local company and could take better care of us should something go wrong down the road. We were also convinced not to use Bath Fitters because of the way they install the wall portion of their liner (all in one piece) versus the way Re-Bath does it (one sheet for each wall, ie. three sheets). I can explain further if you like, but they made a good argument.

Answered 7 years ago by Zifa16

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Having been in the Tub and Tile refinishing business for years, I have seen many acrylic liners. I have had to pull many of them due to the fact that they come loose from the enameled tub. Liner companies use a goo like glue that is water proof but since the liner can not fit the original tub perfectly, water can get between the liner and original tub causing a squishing sound when you step in the tub. Thant is the only problem that I have found with acrylic liners.My suggestion would be to call a local refinisher who can spray the tub and the tile with an alephatic urethane (not epoxy). The urethane will seal the grout and prevent mold from returning. Most refinished jobs if performed correctly will last 20+ years and is very easy to keep clean. If you have any questions about the proper way for the tub to be refinished, feel free to call me. I would be more than happy to give you alot more information.561-254-9388Frank KingR. Hendrick & Sons Bathtub Repair, Inc.West Palm Beach Florida

Answered 7 years ago by FrankfromFL

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I am considering refinishing our tub or having an acrylic liner installed. Can you help me understand the advantage of one vs the other? Also, if refinishing a tub, any special instructions for maintenance, cleaning? Does the tub need to be refinished periodically, or how long does this last?


thanks for your help

Answered 7 years ago by Slainte810

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what is the advantage to the three peices over one? I just talked to bath fitters, so glad to see your comments.

Answered 7 years ago by Slainte810




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