Bathtub refinishing questions answered

Bathtub refinishing questions answered

Submitted by Jim and Debbie Sharp of Sharp Refinishing

If I can buy a brand new bathtub for about the same cost as having one refinished, why not just buy a new one?
You can buy a brand new bathtub for as little as $300, but you can't replace it for the same cost. Houses are built around bathtubs, and the most expensive part of replacing a bathtub is not the cost of the new tub. Most of the expense of replacement is initially hidden in removal and disposal costs. Even if you can remove the tub yourself, part of the bathroom tile might be torn away in the process of removing the tub. Plumbing for the new tub may not fit the old plumbing fixtures. You might need to hire a plumber or tiler. You could easily spend hundreds or thousands of dollars replacing a $300 bathtub.

I've heard that a refinished bathtub will look or smell like it has been painted. Is that true?
No. This is a common myth in the bathtub refinishing industry. Your bathtub will not look like it was painted, since the material used is more like a coating than a paint. It is impossible for an untrained eye to tell the difference between a brand new bathtub and one that has been professionally refinished. Ventilation and filtering systems are used to reduce the fumes that naturally occur with the use of solvents. Although you may notice a slight odor immediately after refinishing, it typically dissipates within a few hours of removing the protective paper and drop cloths used to protect the walls and floors.

What other types of surfaces besides bathtubs can be refinished?
Bathroom tubs and sinks, wall tile, countertops, shower stalls and kitchen countertops of most any surface – including porcelain, cultured marble, fiberglass, acrylic, Formica and tile – can be refinished.

What colors are there to choose from?
Most surfaces can be refinished in solid colors and MultiSpec colors. MultiSpec is a decorative paint that consists of individual flecks of different colors, which are subtly blended to achieve the natural appearance of such materials as granite, cork, leather and stone. Imagine a natural stone look at a fraction of the cost. Corian can cost about $50 per square foot. The refinishing process is about half the cost, and there's no messy tear out. The finish is durable and provides a custom-made look.

How long should a refinished bathtub last?
The durability of a refinished bathtub is similar to that of a brand new bathtub. If properly maintained and no abrasive cleaning chemicals are used, it should last 12 to 15 years or more.

Sharp Refinishing is Dallas/Fort Worth's oldest family-owned and operated business, serving the refinishing needs of the DFW Metroplex since 1980.

As of June 20, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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