| Hello neighbors, can anyone recommend a person or system to refinish 1940
bathroom tub and reglaze ceramic tile?
A person? without narrowing it down closer
than the Western hemisphere? You should
be able to find tub reglazers near you. They
come in and etch the porcelain with acid, then
spray a fast-dry finish. If it's done well, and
the tub is smooth, without cracks or chips, it
should look nice and last for years. It won't look
quite as nice as a new tub, but close.
They can do the same with tile, but it will be
noticeable because it will also glaze the grout.
Cleaning and bleaching the grout might be better.
But if the tile looks tired and old then a glaze finish
might be a nice improvement.
I've dealt with a half dozen such people. All
did a job of equivalent quality. It helps if you
prep it yourself. Clean off any existing caulk
and recaulk only after the reglazing. Otherwise
they'll glaze right over the caulking.
If you have a contractor, ask them for a
reference. If not, and you don't have friends who
have had it done, you might just look for local
ads. for "tub reglazing".
My mother hired a blind painter to do the inside of our house. I don't
know how blind he was, because I was at school while he was working.
She removed all the wall-plates and anything else that would slow him
down while he was painting and she saved a significant amount of money
by doing so.
I'm not recommending hiring blind people here, though that's nice too.
Just doing as much of the work as one can oneself. They'll charge you
to do it, or they won't do it at all, or they'll do some but not all,
and the job will suffer for it.
Both the tub and tiles have had a material applied; they were then heated
until that material vitrified, i.e., until the material became glass. That
glass is not replaceable, best that can be done is to paint them; the best
paint is probably two part epoxy.
If you want something long lasting that looks good, just replace them.
That would be my choice. There is no really good looking permanent way
to fix wall time, but it is also expensive to have replaced.
After the kitchen, the bathroom is the most expensive room to renovate.
You can easily spend $15,000 to $50,000 depending on the quality of
the materials and extent of the labor needed.
These are also the places where "do it yourself" can return the
greatest value. Tile is not really that hard if you are not in a
hurry. If you shop around, the materials can be reasonable too. Most
places have tile outlet stores that sell odd lots of tiles and with
some planning, you can use an assortment of different tiles to create
a very good looking room.
When we did our guest bath, we found designer tiles for less than a
buck a square foot.
| >After the kitchen, the bathroom is the most expensive room to renovate.
| > You can easily spend $15,000 to $50,000 depending on the quality of
| >the materials and extent of the labor needed.
| These are also the places where "do it yourself" can return the
| greatest value. Tile is not really that hard if you are not in a
I wouldn't have said that. The OP wasn't
asking about tile options, anyway. But that aside,
I don't think very many people can do a good
job with tile, especially on first try. It only looks
good if one has a good eye for detail, which many
people don't. The most common problem I see is
actually the easiest to avoid: Too much grout. But
it's a very common problem. And that's not even
getting into the issues of basic skills: knowing
about grout, dealing with uneven surfaces, planning
a layout that doesn't result in tile slivers being used,
How does one get two part epoxy on smoothly? Don't you have to mix it
and brush it on? If so, how can it be smooth? It's not going to
work as nicely as latex, will it. It will run, sag, and even if not
that, something that will look funny, won't it?
I ask partly because I bought a kit to repair part of my bathtub, but
I've been hesitating. It's not a big enough problem to warrant
replacing the tub, but I would like to repair it.
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