I am considering renovating one of my bathrooms. The bathtub needs to be
replaced/painted as it is 30 years old. It is in good condition - no chips,
rust, etc. but it is harvest gold - remember that? Anyway I need to decide
whether to replace it or have it painted or whatever you call it. Anyone
had experience with recolouring a tub or should I bite the bullet and have
If you are renovating, it probably makes sense to change it,
especially if you are redoing the tile (or whatever you have for a tub
surround). Even a well done "paint job" will require special care to
keep it looking good. A new enamel steel tub is around $140 (+/-) and
a basic white cast iron tub is under $300.
Nothing wrong with harvest gold, especially if the matching toilet and
sink are still there. (I have a denture-pink cast iron tub and mud-bed
tile job, 1960 vintage, but a previous owner changed the toilet and sink
to white.) I've never been impressed with repainted tubs, in person or
on here- people sound like they are trying to convince themselves they
made a good choice. If the tub is in good shape, I'd just clean it well
and call it good, and pick the other new colors accordingly. If you are
gutting the bath anyway, buy a cast iron tub, not steel or plastic. If
you keep the gold tub, a new drain assembly and trim kit for the
fixtures can make an amazing difference.
(BTW, I looked at the local Borgs, and they don't have cast iron on
display any more. Guess if I redo this bath, I'll have to order one
through a real supply house.)
I'm with aem of the Pepto pink bathroom here; that old stuff was built
to last, and if you can design around it, you'll be much better off.
I'm living with a corner tub/shower (fortunately white and not harvest
gold, I will admit) that I think was installed in the late 60s or
early 70s that I have no intention of covering or replacing because
I'll never see the money out of that.
I really think the days of recouping remodeling costs are over, so
unless you are totally set on a completely new look, there's no shame
in keeping the old stuff if you can successfully decorate around it.
When something drains well and doesn't leak the harvest gold suddenly
looks good! There is a company that fits a new tub inside the old
one in the color of your choice--might cost less and faster than
Keep in mind that those liners make the bathtub smaller, especially the
'universal' ones. Not a trivial concern for fat and/or large folks.
They are also plastic, and suffer from all the same cleaning
restrictions as any cheap plastic tub or surround kit. (It sucks having
to wax your tub to get it to stay clean.)
best to replace. covering that gold is going to be tough.And the tub
epoxies don't last that long,and yellow.
you have to clean them with NON-abrasive cleaners like 409.
if you do decide to paint it,hire a pro that uses the new urethane
finishes.Those don't yellow.
Best is to replace it, but a proper professional paint job will
look good and last a reasonable amount of time, but not as long as
This is not a DIY job. BTW If harvest gold looks good to you,
don't worry about what others think. Next year you might be respected
as being the first of the newest color.
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