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the bathtub reglazing process has been applied to a clawfoot tub.

Bathtub Reglazing

Originally contributed by Jeff Butler • last updated 12/29/2020

If installing a new bathtub or an acrylic insert over an old tub is outside the budget, there is one method similar to bathtub paint, known as bathtub reglazing, 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 bathtub to a like-new condition with a resurfacing material somewhat similar to a bathtub paint. Reglazing a bathtub is typically performed by a professional, although there are DIY bathtub reglazing kits available. Bathtub reglazing typically involves repairing, cleaning, and preparing the surface of the tub before applying a primer and resurfacing material.

Reglazing Might Be An Affordable Solution, But Is It Right For You?

Reglazing a bathtub with a material similar to a bathtub 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. Also, reglazing with a material that's not really much more than a bathtub paint, is merely cosmetic and doesn’t fix any underlying structural problems.
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