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Question DetailsAsked on 10/15/2011

What is the best way to repair a stained acrylic bathtub?

I bought a house with dirty, stained, bathtubs (acrylic I think). Should I buy new tubs or try refinishing them? I want to do what lasts the longest. I don't want to keep repairing them over the years. If applying a material over them is the way to go, what is the best and most durable?

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Refinishing may be your most effective and least expensive way to go. ONLY IF you are gutting your bathroom do you ever want to consider replacing a bathtub. Why? Because houses are built around tubs. Although new tubs may not be expensive to buy, you have to factor in the cost of tearing out the old one, which probably means tearing out tile and plumbing, which could ultimately uncover other problems.


Answered 8 years ago by sharprefinishing


Repair a tub sometime not worth it epoxy is expensive new tub is cheap. installs cost about $250.00- 300.00 but it payid off in the long run and you can do Tile do not worry about problems with old tub.When you sell house you get you money back because bigest return on investments Kitchen and bathrooms.
Serge Construction & Cabinetry (919)295-4160

Answered 8 years ago by Serge Construction


If the stains are from rust or hard water deposits, try removing them with "Lime Away" or "CLR". You can find these cleaners at your local grocery store. Then use a "Cleaner Wax" from your local auto parts store. Use a soft terry cloth towel or wax applicator to polish the stains out. Do not use rubbing compound as it will dull the finish. Just plain old car wax will not work. You need "cleaner wax" or "polish". If your tub is acrilic, the stains should come out. Acrilic is much like the finish on a car. Scrub the tub with polish and wipe off with a dry, soft towel. If your tub is steel with porcelain finish, this will not work. Don't worry about scrubbing too hard with the polish on the acrylic tub since it is thick and you will not harm the finish. Again, use car polish or cleaner wax, not just wax and definitely not rubbing compound since compound is abrasive and will dull the finish.

Matthew Christian

Sequoia Builders Group Inc.

Holiday, FL


Answered 8 years ago by Handy Matt

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