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Question DetailsAsked on 5/11/2013

Where can I find someone to re-enamel my bathtub?

I have an older cast iron tub that someone painted but the paint is chipping off and it looks bad

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There are kits out there to re-enamel yourself, but you have to pay really close attention to procedure, takes a lot of prep work to bond properly to the old surface, and will NOT be a smooth a finish as the original.

There are a number of tub refinishing companies out there - as with most professions, some are terrible, some are good, a few excellent. The only nationwide firm I have heard of is Re-Bath, but all of them are probably franchises, so almost anyone with the upfront money can become a refinish franchisee.

Generally, a refinish job will never look like new - will tend to be less even, more susceptible to chipping, and may have local rust-through or rough edges and spots if the prep work is not perfect. They also have a tendency to peel or wear through in 3-5 years. Basically, it is not possible to replicate the precision spraying and heat-treatment job of a factory in an in-place repaint.

I would recommend that if you anticipate selling the house in the foreseeable future you consider a new tub, although the cost is WAY more. If this is just for your use, then if you get a contractor with good word of mouth recommendation it may be perfectly suitable for you.

Tough decision, because you are talking $2500-3500 for a tub and surround replacement unless it is an extremely simple job, versus a $300-500 for a re-enamel job.

Generally, you get what you pay for - a short-term fix versus long-term durability.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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