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Old 03-27-2012, 03:11 PM   #1
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So, we are renovating our 30 year-old home and everything is going well. We had the cast iron (maybe steel?) tub painted, since it was a lovely avacado green. It's a standard 5 ft. tub.

We completely redid the bathroom; vanity, tile, lighting, paint, the works.

Well, the guy didn't prep it right and now the paint is peeling, before we have even used it once. We are trying to get our money back, but that's another story.

So, I am ready to throw in the towel and replace the ding dang thing.

If I was to get a decent replacement tub, what should I look for? My local plumbing supply quoted me $130 for a "boots" tub, but I didn't get to see it yet. Seems to cheap to be true. We just want a tub that doesn't seem chintzy, but is relatively conventional and straight forward to install DIY.

I see American Standard has something called their Americast line and the reviews seem favorable.

Any advise here? I sure would appreciate it.

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Old 03-27-2012, 04:29 PM   #2
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i prefer an acrylic capped tub that has been rigidized with closed cell foam very strong,easy to keep clean, water stays hot longer, and if floor is level easy to set with silicone

i have not seen a re glazed tub hold up since epa banned old formula on steel or cast
bootz is one of the cheapest tubs out there

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i prefer an acrylic capped tub that has been rigidized with closed cell foam very strong,easy to keep clean, water stays hot longer, and if floor is level easy to set with silicone
What brands have this kind of tub?
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i get mine from liners direct but i think kohler makes them also i used to use bath tec had great luck with them but they are fiberglass reinforced
here is another brand i just found
http://www.izzibath.com/clearanceroo...especials.html
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I use Kohler cast iron tubs---Villager is the standard size---about $300

Mendota is a deeper tub--about $600---Nice long life----

Boots is a cheapo tub---the Americast is a nice tub but steel is more fragile than cast iron--
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I just use that Villager as well. Never tried a Mendota.

When my ship comes in, I'd like something a bit deeper and a foot or 18" longer...

If you can get cast iron for $300, I'm not sure why anyone would buy something else in order to save $100.
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Cast iron tubs cool your water very rapidly. They are nice, sturdy tubs, but I have one in my house that I use to bathe the kids, and it just cools off too quick.
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Cast iron tubs cool your water very rapidly. They are nice, sturdy tubs, but I have one in my house that I use to bathe the kids, and it just cools off too quick.
You bring up a good point, but the thing that concerns me even more about the cast iron tub is the weight while handling.

Since this job would be done out of order, we would be dragging 350 lbs. over our brand new hardwood floor, and into the newly finished bathroom, over the new tile - you get the idea.

Oh, my back...

What are the brands/models of the good alternatives to cast iron?
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I just bought an acrylic one by Kohler. It's deeper than the standard and I got a great deal on it since Home Depot was closing them out in a few stores.
I don't know how it will hold up, but in researching, it seemed a good choice. Interesting about the cast iron refinishing. I'd planned to do that in a couple more years.
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How to remove the cast iron old tub?

About a hundred years ago I went to a DIY bathroom remodeling class in Milwaukee. They advocated the use of a sledge hammer to break up the old cast iron tub into bite-sized pieces, then toss it out the window.

Would this method work with a 30 year-old tub?

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How to remove the cast iron old tub?

About a hundred years ago I went to a DIY bathroom remodeling class in Milwaukee. They advocated the use of a sledge hammer to break up the old cast iron tub into bite-sized pieces, then toss it out the window.

Would this method work with a 30 year-old tub?

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Thought I'd post an update.

Rational thought has finally entered my feeble brain and I decided to go with the easy fix for now. I have been rehabbing this house for a couple of months and it's time to finally move in.

I do have professional automotive spray equipment so I decided to just do the repair myself.

I found a RustOelum product that exactly matched the biscuit color the refinishing twerp used. I prepped the tub best I knew how, masked the area and then applied a couple of coats.

I have to say it looks great, but I have zero confidence in the durability of my work or his.

If I need to replace the tub in a year or two, so be it. Our other possibility is to just use the shower stall in the master bedroom bath and just use the tub once a year for guests.

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