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Old 10-18-2019, 11:46 AM   #1
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Bathtub Refinish?


I just purchased an old clawfoot tub that has a little rust around the drain. Otherwise it's in pretty good shape. I've considered having this professionally done at a price of $525.

Is there a way to DIY this thing or is getting it professionally done significantly better than what a homeowner could do?
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Old 10-18-2019, 11:52 AM   #2
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While a pro might have access to better coatings, the main reason diy tub refinishing fails is because they don't get the tub prepped properly - mainly not getting it clean enough.
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I just purchased an old clawfoot tub that has a little rust around the drain. Otherwise it's in pretty good shape. I've considered having this professionally done at a price of $525.

Is there a way to DIY this thing or is getting it professionally done significantly better than what a homeowner could do?
My rule of thumb is 5 years for DIY and 10 years for professional. And it can be a lot worse if it isn't done properly. Nothing is going to be as good as the original.

If it's just a little rust around the drain, I'd DIY it and try to keep the repair as small as possible. It won't match perfectly, but whatever. It's better than having the whole thing turn into a peeling mess in a few years.
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Old 10-18-2019, 12:19 PM   #4
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Here are a couple of images to get an idea of what I'd be looking at.
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If you want keep it, give it a try. All in the prep.

However, unless the tub is a unique size, it is typically a better bet to go buy a new one. If it is a unique size, a professional job may be worth it. By unique size - I mean one of the tubs that costs like $5,000+.
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If you want keep it, give it a try. All in the prep.

However, unless the tub is a unique size, it is typically a better bet to go buy a new one. If it is a unique size, a professional job may be worth it. By unique size - I mean one of the tubs that costs like $5,000+.
Well this one is $125....A new cast iron is over $2800.

I would prefer not to use a new acrylic tub in my case ( and certainly not going to spend the $$ on a new cast iron), but just wanted to know if a DIY job can be compared to a professionals given the cost difference between the two. I attempt a lot of remodeling myself, but if the quality of the results are head and shoulders better than trying myself then I'll bite the bullet.

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That is what I was thinking after watching it.
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Maybe I'll just give it a good clean and remove the rust and see what I'm dealing with. I can always sell it again if it doesn't turn out right.
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Maybe I'll just give it a good clean and remove the rust and see what I'm dealing with. I can always sell it again if it doesn't turn out right.
The best refinish will only be good for about 10 years


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Depending on the cost of refinishing products, I'd be happy to re-do in 10 years if I didn't need to spend $2800 on the tub now.
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