My mom has an older house with a cast iron bathtub that is showing it's age.
I know there are commercial refinishers that can do the job but are any of
the home user products any good? Even if we got 5 years out of it that would
be better than what she has now and a bathroom refit is not going to happen
I did my bathtub about 5 years ago with the 2 part epoxy that is sold at
Lowes and HD. It lasted about 4 years before it started peeling off again. I
am going to try to have it redone by a company called the miraclemethod. We
will see how long it lasts this time. They told me typically 10 - 15 years
with this method.
I bought the same 2 part epoxy finish at Lowes. Worked out rather well.
finished out well enough to wax and shined like a new car. I don't know
how long it lasted, but it was the hardest finish I've ever seen. I
shot it on with a spray gun. I left the compressor outside and ran a
long hose into the house. Make sure your bathroom is well ventilated. I
used a box fan in the door-way and a full-face respirator mask. I got
paid well for my effort :-)
Tom in KY, If you're looking for a temporary fix, this is pretty good.
I used a random orbit sander after cleaning (coarser grain than
recommended 180) and cleaned again. I capped the spout pipe to avoid
drips of water, let it sit over night. The next day it had a pretty
grainy surface and I was a little worried. That Epoxy has a way of
leveling out though. It was kind of thick and flash dried quickly, made
the follow-up coats easy. There were NO swirl marks, No runs. I never
got a call-back. I assume it's fine. 3 years now.
Tom in KY, or was the final grit 120?,, I wanted it to stick!!
beautiful results follow all directions carefully. at home depot ask
near the paint dept. read preparation of surface, also buy the cleaner
they recommend, and do not rush the drying times. then you'll be
shopping for new fixture and bar of soap holder/overflow for your
clawfoot. as well as stripping and sanding and refinishing the rusty
exterior of the tub with metal primer and finish. don't forget the new
paint job, cable tv with remote, new radio, new towel cupboard.
Using the proper products (usually 2 part epoxy) and doing a perfect
prep job, five years is a good estimate. However any error on the prep work
and it will be a far shorter life. The prep work is involved and will take
a fair among of hard work.
The real drawback of a DIY job as I see it is the likelihood that your
job will make any future repair attempts more difficult and or compromise
the life of any future job.
Price out the cost of a commercial job and then make your decision.
They have the experience and tools to do a better job than you can.
I used the two-part epoxy stuff on a plain, white,
porcelain-covered, steel tub.
I was amazed at how well the material leveled out, and how
it was even whiter than the original finish (didn't do the
But my prep wasn't good enough, and some has peeled off, and
once I actually cut my foot on a peeling edge. And the
chips and peels coming off can clog a drain pipe fast and
The biggest dissapointment was the color. At one year, it
looked about the same as the original. At two years, a
little yellower than the original. At five years, quite
noticeably yellower, and I'm going to replace the tub.
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