Got a tub that's going downhill quickly. Looks like previous owner just
painted it, and now the paint is peeling and chipping and I don't want my
wife and kids getting out of the tub with paint chips all over them.
Googled a couple of sites that offer DIY kits, does anyone have any
experience with these?
get a pro, that is what i did. it will last 5 to 7 years. can not use
bleach to clean. i think they put a electric charge on tub when the
spray. this is a stop gap way till you rip the tub out. my tub looks
great for the last 4 years. told to use 409 to clean it. i think it cost
me between 300 to 400 dollars.
On Tue, 21 Feb 2006 14:16:21 GMT, "James R. Lunsford"
If it's done by a professional, it is a reasonable stop gap measure
that will hold you for several years. The cost is about the same as
having a pro install a new tub. What you save is the cost of
tearing out and replacing the tile or surround, whichever you have.
I can't speak to the DIY kits -- I'd be afraid to try them and I'd
worry the results would end up like the peeling paint.
I'd bite the bullet ... put in a soaker tub, new faucets and new
tile. Then you're done for a couple of decades.
Your circumstances may not permit that, or you may only want something
for a few years.
Home Depot sells a entire enclosure. It gets fitted over
the walls and tub. Looks pretty crappy but again it
depends what you want to do.
If I owned the house I would just rip out the old tub and
put another cast iron one in. Retile the walls and some
new plumbing. If done right it'll last a real long time.
(pretty cheezy IMHO)
For best results and longest life replace the tub. For good results and
reasonable life, have it done professionally, for less than ideal results
and short life, do it yourself making 100% sure you don't skimp the prep
work in any way.
Did mine about 7 years ago with the DIY kit from Lowes. It is starting to
peel. The Prep is the key. Follow the directions to the T. 7 Years is good
for this type of repair. I just had another one done by the Miracle Method.
They sprayed it and so far it looks real nice. It was a green tub to start
with. They also told us not bleach and to clean it with 409. You will have
to make your own decision as to what and how much you want to spend at this
i assume no one would do this unless the tub was sheet steel or fiberglas?
cast iron shouldn't need 'refinishing'. but some day i want to try polishing one
become dull on the walking areas (which makes the tub difficult to clean well).
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