Bath Tub Refinishing

I have an old bath tub that is in excellent condition but I want to change the color from tan to white. Any opinions on the effectiveness of refinishing.
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never refinish a tub that was in good condition, only one with a damaged finish that I was trying to get a few more years out of. They may look pretty when first done, but if the tub is used regularly or cleaned with the wrong chemicals, the finish quickly fails in many cases. I'm sure somebody will jump in here saying it worked fine for them, but I never was too impressed with how they hold up. I'd rethink the color scheme I was trying for. Tan can look fine with the right tiles and floor color, or maybe do one wall with a paper or paint color that picks up the tub. Of course, if you have or are replacing the toilet and sink, it may be awful hard to match the color. Maybe a tan counter, or some tan accent rows in the floor or tub surround, with the field tiles matching the other fixtures, would make it work? (Obviously I'm no interior decorator- I <like> ultra-plain bathrooms- makes it easier to see what needs scrubbing.)
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Had one done by a pro, looked great. One caution, you have to treat it like a 'plastic' tub, no abrasive cleaners. Looked good for 15 years until we sold the house. RJ

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its all in the prep , it took a pro a day to prep my tub, not for diy. but dont forget its paint it can be damaged and you have to be carefull on cleaning. With a large family forget it, it will be ruined but for one or 2 carefull people it could be ok. Its a job where you easily could get a contractor to not do it right and have it fail. Its all in who you hire. Get refrences at least 6 yrs old. You realy only want old refrences and alot of them.
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I purchased my home about a year ago. The downstairs bathroom had been "redone". Looked pretty nice actually. A couple of months after moving in, the bathtub started peeling. In the process of redoing the bathroom the bathtub was "painted" (or had some sort of thin film applied to it) so that it matched with the new "motif".
Well I guess water got under this paint and started bubbling. Now the bathtub is half green (you know that great appliance green) and half light cream. I can't even peel the rest of it so that it can be used. If anyone has any ideas how I can get the rest of that film to peel off (heat gun?) I'd appreciate it.
Someone suggested you don't paint it, change the color motif. I would agree.
MP

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I had a tub that was an ugly green refinished with an epoxy type coating it took the guy 2 days between the prep work and the refinishing. It looked good but as others have said it is a coating and too aggressive cleaning or a dropped shaving cream can can cause a nick! My nephew had a liner put in his and I think this is a better way to go.
it cost less and has some thickness to it. Installs in less than a day with no fumes or odor!
Wayne

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my size. (6-3, 240) Probably not a problem if only normal size people live there, or they only take showers, but it could be a turnoff to a large prospective buyer.
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I can't imagine how the liner could make the tub that much smaller maybe an inch?
The tub liner itself is 1/4 thick?
Most tubs are small for tall people period I am 6'1"
Wayne

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If the tub fits you to begin with, it will fit you with a liner in it. Most tubs are, agreeably, much to small. In our remodel we planned for a six foot tub. The interior width is 28 inches. It's a very comfortable tub for almost anyone.
Wayne 2
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make it much smaller. The ones I have seen were 'universal', designed to fit a variety of tubs, and had a lot of air space, especially on the room side, to fit over the decorative bumps and such the original manufacturer put in the casting, and variation in the shape of the well itself. Think pickup truck bed liner, a very similar product. They have to make it fit around the wells and such. Off the top of my head, I'd estimate an half inch minimum loss of depth, at least 1.5 inches side to side, and who knows how much end-to end, since the back slope on tubs varies a lot brand to brand. Maybe I've only butt-tested the cheap brands, and the fancy ones are better, but the ones I have used in person screamed 'cheap fix' to me. Felt like I was sitting in a dixie cup. (I don't have a much higher opinion of modern acrylic or fiberglas tubs. )
If the Lotto Fairy ever smiles on me, the house I build is gonna have a By Gawd Cast Iron six-foot tub, fancy hotel style. Still pissed at my sister abandoned the six-foot extra-deep clawfoot in pristine condition that I gave her for a gag gift, when she traded in her husband for a fancier model. Bought it for 25 bucks out of a farmers field, where he had been using it for a watering trough. A local history buff told me it came out of a 1920's fat farm/hotel that had been remodeled when he was a kid, and he got pissed whhen I turned down his $200 offer for it.
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No the ones that I have seen are all custom for the tub!
http://www.tomboytools.com/articles.asp?articleid=1
http://www.surfacespecialists.com/information/tubliner.html
http://www.universalplastics.com/bath-sys.html
Wayne

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On Sun, 09 May 2004 03:52:38 GMT, "ameijers"

Your sister is most unappreciative and should properly have called you immediately to remove that gem once she abandoned the original husband. You have all my condolences. I have a shorter version up in my attic (5 ft), which I think must have been the one in what's now the master bath in this 1930s house.
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Sanbar:
S > I have an old bath tub that is in excellent condition but I want to change S > the color from tan to white. Any opinions on the effectiveness of S > refinishing.
We had our tub refinished several years ago -- had it done professionally; it's definately not a do-it-yourself job just based on fumes alone!
Another respondant is correct: the new surface is subject to easily being chipped. Doesn't matter if you've never dropped anything into the tub the last 20 years -- refinish ==> dropsies! <g>
Word of warning about white. The company we used had several colours of white. Their "white" is WHITE. Annoyingly white. Unnaturally white. Glad we took their advise and didn't go with white but the next shade down. Still looks white but a natural, comfortable white.
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replying to Sanbar, Raptor wrote:

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