A bathtub masked off and being reglazed with new enamel.

Bathtub Reglazing

Originally contributed by Jeff Butler • last updated 2/25/2021

It’s not everyday that a bathtub or shower needs to be repaired or replaced. But with time and use, they will eventually break down and become worn, and installing a new one may have you dipping into your emergency funds. If your tub is worn or damaged, and installing a new one or an acrylic insert over your old one is outside your budget, there is one method that is similar to bathtub paint that just might be your solutions. Known as bathtub reglazing, it’s a method of resurfacing that can not only make a tub look new again but also allows for the bathroom to be kept intact during repairs.

Definition

Bathtub reglazing is the process of resurfacing a worn or damaged tub to a like-new condition with a material somewhat similar to a paint. Reglazing a bathtub is typically performed by a professional, although there are DIY kits available. The process typically involves repairing, cleaning, and preparing the surface of the tub before applying a primer and resurfacing material. The resurfacing material is best applied with a sprayer for even distribution and best results.

What Are The Costs And Benefits Of Bathtub Reglazing?

Reglazing a bathtub with a material similar to a paint, is an excellent choice in certain situations, such as for a rental property in need of a bathroom makeover or to meet budget constraints. However, reglazing is not the perfect solution for a couple of reasons:

  • Reglazing is a great way to bring an old bathtub back to life without all the costs of replacing and renovations. When done properly, and typically by a professional, reglazing can look almost as good as new and can last for years if maintained properly.
  • However, reglazing is not as durable as a complete replacement or even an acrylic insert and can potentially scratch, chip, and wear, especially if the process is not done properly. And reglazing with a material that is similar to a bathtub paint, is merely cosmetic and doesn’t fix any underlying structural problems.
  • Also, it’s important to keep in mind that although the materials for reglazing a bathtub are relatively inexpensive, the actual application may require hiring a professional which could add to the overall cost.
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