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Feb 20, 2012, 11:52 AM
Replace or refinish tub?
We are going to redo our bathroom and our tub either has to be replaced or be refinished. We aren't having any problems with our current tub, it's just worn looking. Any opinions on if we should have the tub refinished or if we should replace it? My husband and I would be doing the replacing if this is the route we go. I'm afraid that if we refinish, it won't last long and if we replace, it'll be a major construction DIY disaster. I attached a pic so you can see what we're up against. I believe the walls are plaster, and we are replacing the tiles with vinyl beadboard around the tub.

Feb 20, 2012, 12:03 PM
From personal experience, I would replace it. Especially if this is a bath you use quite a bit and it sounds like you are doing the entire bath anyway. We had ours resurfaced/painted and it is fine...but still an old tub.

If you are going to be removing the tiles and redoing the bathroom...then replace the tub, possibly the drain lines, and replace plumbing fixtures also. Just makes good sense in the long run.

(the cost of having a tub professionally repainted is often equal to the cost of a new tub) And with resurfacing, one has to be very careful of cleaners and abrasives/acids that can damage the paint.
Feb 20, 2012, 01:16 PM
Check the price to have it done professionally. I don't think it's something you want to try yourself. The finish is very touchy the first few weeks and can be easily damaged until it cures completely. In most cases the savings isn't worth it.
Mar 16, 2012, 05:51 AM
Racks Jackson
Your old tub is not in problem then why you would replace with new tub so according to my view i refinished the tub.I am not getting to see the real picture where your problem is existing so i will not give exact solution .

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Oct 30, 2012, 09:51 PM
Our professionally refinished tub lasted for decades.
We recently totally remodeled the main bath and the tub was replaced; the finish had started to go.
Oct 31, 2012, 12:07 PM
Chicago Stonepro
We have a refinished tub in a rental, that was done about seven years ago. It's been well kept, but looks just a little dingy now, regardless of what is used to clean it with. It looked good for about five years.

The two tenants over the years have both been very clean.

The tub was refinished before I was in the picture, can't say what the process was.

I think a designer could tell you more about your particular tub's desirability from a design/market point of view, but if it were my place, and I were replacing the wall tiles anyway, my personal preference would be to replace it.



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