Ask Your Question

Angie's List Answers is the trusted spot to ask home improvement and health questions and get answers from service companies, health providers and consumers. For ratings and reviews on companies in your area, search Angie's List.

Top 30 Days Experts
Rank Leader Points*
1 kstreett 240
2 Guest_9020487 110
3 Guest_9190926 105
4 GoldenKid 100
5 ahowell 95
6 KnowledgeBase 95
7 skbloom 80
8 Guest_98024861 70
9 Guest_9311297 70
10 Guest_9400529 70

*Updates every 4 hours

Browse Projects By Category

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

Do you have the same question? Follow this Question

1 Answer

Angie's List Member Answer

Angie’s List Members can login here to view this answer.

Not an Angie's List Member?

Join to view this answer. Members also get reviews on local service providers, plus save up to 50% on popular home projects from top-rated professionals!


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 7 years ago by LCD

Related Questions

Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy