FAQs About Bathroom Refinishing

If your bathtub is old and dingy, the idea of taking a bath might not be as relaxing as it normally sounds. You can either live with the tub, refinish it, or completely replace it. Depending on the tub, refinishing it might be the best option. If you are thinking of refinishing your bathtub, here is what you need to know.

Should You Refinish the Bathtub?

There are many reasons that refinishing the bathtub is a good idea, but one of the best is that it can save you money. A new bathtub can cost as much as $3,500 in some situations. By contrast, you can refinish a bathtub using a do-it-yourself kit for as low as $20.

If you have an older bathtub that is composed of high-quality materials, refinishing it can help restore its character. This is particularly beneficial if you own an older, historical home that is being restored.

Refinishing is also ideal if your bathtub is not too damaged. The technique used during the refinishing helps to repair cosmetic issues and might not work too well in repairing structural problems.

How Do You Prepare for Refinishing?

Before bathtub refinishing can be completed, any leaks or other plumbing issues need to be fixed. A leaky faucet can ruin the prep work that is required to start the finish.

You also need to prep the walls surrounding the bathtub. The refinisher must apply painters tape to the area around the bathtub so that he or she does not get any of the refinishing products on the walls. If you fail to properly prep your walls, when the tape is removed, the wall's paint could be damaged.

Prepping the walls usually involves only cleaning the walls so that nothing sticks to the tape. If there is additional work needed, the refinisher can provide you with instructions.

If you are doing any remodeling work in your bathroom, you should have it taken care of before the refinishing occurs. For instance, new flooring, painting, and tile work should all be completed. If you are installing a toilet or vanity near the bathtub, the refinisher might ask you to wait on those because they could limit the amount of room he or she has to refinish the bathtub.

Refinishing your bathtub could make a significant difference in how your bathroom looks. Consult with a refinisher to determine what other steps you need to take to prepare your bathtub for the project.