Refinishing is the smart choice to deal with an outdated or damaged tub, counter top, sink or wall tile. Chips, rust, cracks, stains and dull areas completely go away. Fixtures with outdated colors can be changed and look new again. You choose the color to fit your new decor. Most customers can't tell the difference between a refinished tub and a new one.
Faced with worn or dated fixtures, you have the choice of refinishing or replacement. Think again about a replacement. Replacement, especially bathtubs, includes expensive tradesmen and a week of hassles. Frequently demolition is required. That means noisy, dusty work that causes damage to your floors, walls, and plumbing. Not to mention the cost savings.
Liners are a good alternative if the wallboard behind your tile wall is damaged.
|Total Replacement||Liner||Refinishing (Best Option)|
|Cost||$4,000||$2,400 for tub and wall system||$425 for tub (Affordable)|
|Time without tub||7-10 Days||2 Days||8 Hours (Fast)|
|Durability||15 plus years||10-15 years||10-15 years (Matched Durability)|
|Look and Feel||Porcelain, plastic or fiberglass||Acrylic or plastic shell||Retains the look and feel of the original porcelain and ceramix fixture|
|Disruption of home and life||Major: dust, debris, dumpsters, drywall, and serveral workmen||Moderate: dust and debris||Minimal: one worker, done in a few hours|
Thinking about refinishing yourself?
We strongly suggest you don't. Bathtub refinishing or reglazing is not a do-it-yourself project; it involves the use of strong chemicals and materials that are beyond the skill and ability for most homeowners and untrained users. DIY kits are limited in their strength, durability and way they are applied. Most often DIY refinishing jobs end up being redone by a professional with the additional cost of stripping the peeling finish. A failed DIY project can cost you days and possibly damage other surfaces in the area along with wasted materials that were used. Don't believe the hype!