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Question DetailsAsked on 1/21/2017

we have a baptismal tube and would like to see about relining it measures about 4x8x4

right now it is concrete which needs something done with it and cost of doing a job like this or ideas of what we could do with it as it is a old church

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Sounds like you mean a baptismal trough and your dimensions are in feet, not the metal baptismal certificate storge tubes where the dimension being in inches.

You would need to be sure what you line it with is antifungal and non-allergenic - which eliminates most of the acrylic and fiberglass resin and plastic options - leaving a couple of alternatives I can readily see:

1) refinish with a concrete overlay product smoothed on over an acid etched surface, leaving basically a concete surface again - which you would then seal with a concrete sealer, though normal acrylic or silicone sealers might affect people with significant allergens. Could alleviate that by having a doubled-over king or queen sheet available to line it with while in use. Google for baptismal trough lining for several Youtube's of hopw people temporarily line baptismal troughs (commonly horse troughs or large washtubs in the videos, not permanent, but same principle applies).

2) grind and polish the existing surface (after sealing any cracks if slightly cracked or leaking a bit) then seal and maybe cloth line per above.

3) Like above but seal with epoxy or poly-urea garage floor coating with a non-aggressive friction flake additive or one at all (though awfully slippery in that case) - but more likelihood of allergic reaction (skin rash). Would be done by a concrete repair/finishing contractor, or a garage floor coating specialty company. Would be more durable and more resistant to bleach cleaning between uses than concrete sealant, also a lot more expensive though you might find someone in the membership who does this and will contribute his/her labor - materials cost maybe $50-100 or so, or if contracted out probably (a WAG here, never having refinished a trough like this) maybe $250-400 range.

4) fill any cracks or leaks with latex concrrete caulk (come in caulk tubes), smooth surface with abrasive grinder or belt sander or hand sanding to remove any rough spots, silicone concrete seal it, then always use a liner for it - which could be 6 mil plastic sheeting draped down into it, a fancier nylon ripstop cloth, real fancy with satin or such, or just a sheet that is discarded - or washed - after each use. Obviously, true fabric is less slippery getting in and out than plastic, and easier to clean unless you buy plastic sheeting (vapor barrier) by the box and don't reuse it, for hygenic purposes.

All of the above would involve work by a Concrete - Repair and Finishing contractor (the Angies List Search the List category, or maybe a Handyman with concrete refinishing experience. Or specialty epoxy/urea floor coating specialist.

5) Use a plastic/acrylic liner, by a Bathtub Refinishing and Liners (a Search the List category) company, to either do a sprayed-in acrylic or resin liner (through watch allergenic issue, especially with resins) or with a molded-in-place liner. If you go with a liner, I strongly recommend it be made removeable for cleaning the underlying concrete (can get stinky if any water gets in there - from splash or from condensation, which will be an issue especially in a concrete trough) - and also make sure it overlaps the rim substantially to form a dripedge and splash edge so water can't get in under it with people climbing out dripping wet. However- to be removeable that means it cannot have a bottom drain and has to be pumped, siphoned, or bailed free of water when done with it fior the day - otherwise to have a bottom drain it has to be permanently installed, just like a bathtub liner. Note - liners like this come in different colors as to paint-on epoxy or urea materials, so might be able to come close to a church color.

If your church is part of a larger church organization, I would say the best bet is to contact the diocese or whatever your regional administrative organization is called and ask that question of their expert/coordinator for physical church facilities maintenance/repair - they likely have run into this before, or can pass the question up the line for an answer, because in a church organization with dozens to maybe as many as a quarter million or so churches/parishes this has to have come up before.

Might also have the preacher/pastor post the question on a church-leader blog site for members to answer - probably more likely to get answers based on experience than here.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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