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Old 12-10-2018, 09:16 PM   #1
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Resurfacing a bathtub


I have a nice green bathtub

I don't want a nice green bathtub.

I know there are some products out there that can 'paint' a bathtub.

Other than the colour, it is perfectly fine.
Its a one piece unit with wall and ceiling, so replacing it will be an excessive amount of work and expense.

Im hoping to recoat it.
Its fiberglass.
Looking for suggestions on a product to use.
Obviously I want a long-lasting professional looking result. That said, how hard, or how much of a learning curve is there on such products - I prefer doing things on my own, but something of course are better left for the professionals....

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I have seen one done by a professional in a rental house. Looked great when he was done but I saw it a few years later and it had more than a few chips on the edges. Replace the tub.

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You have to be absolutely sure it is fiberglass gel coat, acrylic is a different process.


Fiberglass cars are painted every day.
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Using the right coating and proper prep are the keys to a successful tub paint job. Most diy tub repaints fail because of improper or lack of prep!
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I would not do it, but if I had to I'd be using something like this.
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Bathworks kit if used properly and with correct prep methods has the best results. If metal, I recommend powder coating, we had ours done for $450 here in Northern Alabama. He took it all the way down to the cast iron, which is good because some of the porcelain had cracked over the years, which will bubble if just coated over.
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Bathworks kit if used properly and with correct prep methods has the best results. If metal, I recommend powder coating, we had ours done for $450 here in Northern Alabama. He took it all the way down to the cast iron, which is good because some of the porcelain had cracked over the years, which will bubble if just coated over.
Was this tub powder coated in place? If so, how was it heated to melt the powder?
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No, I took it to their shop. It has to be blasted down to bare surface, coated, then baked on in a giant oven. It will outlast you and probably your home.
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I know a friend that had his tub and surround done , was done with gelcoat and the guy that did it applied it with a high end HVLP unit , this was about 9 years ago and it looks as good today as the day it was applied , and the tub is used daily for showers.
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I know a friend that had his tub and surround done , was done with gelcoat and the guy that did it applied it with a high end HVLP unit , this was about 9 years ago and it looks as good today as the day it was applied , and the tub is used daily for showers.
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Any idea of the cost of having something like that done? I prefer DIY, but if a professional job is going to last at least a decade and look new, that sounds good to me
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I did a tub 10 years ago with Klenks. Looked good when it was done but
don't know how it held up as I sold/moved 6 months later. If you use an
epoxy paint like Klenks ventilate REALLY well. That sort of thing doesn't
usually bother me but I think that stuff put scabs on my brain ---Lesson
learned. -(
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Any idea of the cost of having something like that done? I prefer DIY, but if a professional job is going to last at least a decade and look new, that sounds good to me


He said it cost him $300.00 , but considering how long it's held up it was a bargain , although i'd guess he never expected it to last as long as it has.
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