My cheap vinyl bathtub has become brittle over time and now has
several places where it has actually failed and has cracks that would
yu would think would cause the tub to leak. It does not leak however
and I'm guessing that it it actually a vinyl sandwich with closed cell
foam in between.
I know that the solution is to tear out and replace the tub but winter
in Minnesota is not a good time to do this job. Thankfully the tub
doesn't leak but I am curious if anyone knows why it wouldn't leak
even though it is broken. I would also like to know whether it worth
it for me to consider patching these broken spots and what my optiions
One idea I have is to cover the broken places with epoxy. Another
idea is to cover the spots with the sticky marine tape that they use
on boat decks or even cover the entire tub with this stuff. Any other
ideas are appreciated. The longer I can avoid replacin this crappy
bathtub the better for me.
Lawrence in Minnesota
On Feb 11, 2:16 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Better than just epoxy would be some fiberglass cloth and epoxy
thickened with filler. It won't be pretty, but it should seal the soon-
to-be leaks. Rough up the area where you will be using the glass so
the epoxy has some bite.
I'm jealous: this sounds like a real gem (aside from the Pepto-Bismol
color, of course), and I just want to applaud your restraint in
ripping it out and replacing it with today's cheap crap. Surely
someone can help you figure out paint/color scheme to help mitigate
the visual effect so you continue to enjoy this bathroom.
Thanks for the sensible reply. I am capable of replacing the tub, not
a problem. The problem is that I don't have the time or the energy.
As my original post indicated, I am looking for an alternative to
replacing the tub. If u have any ideas or suggestions along this line
i would greatly appreciate it, thanks again.
It may be a re-bath retro-fit bath cover. Meaning an even older and
uglier cast iron tub may be underneath the vinyl one. Many times
people with opt to cover up a tub if its porcelain enamel finish is
chipped, exposing the iron. If this is the case, you may have a rusty-
slimy mess waiting for you when you tear it out. You could choose to
go the cover-up route again, or get the sledge hammer. Breaking up
those iron tubs is the easiest way to get them out of a tight bath
(very heavy). Anyway, the new vinyl is much "better" meaning it will
not turn yellow and get brittle as fast as the old plastics. But, some
may say its an ecological disaster because it takes 50,000 years to
decompose and your average bath is redesigned every 30 years or so.
On Feb 13, 9:34 am, email@example.com wrote:
No sir. It is the original tub since I bought the house brand new. I
agree that throwing it away is a poor choice for the environmental
concerns. I think you would agree then that fixing it would be for
the best. Best for me since it will be less work than replacing it
and better for the environment, as you say.
Do you have any other ideas or comments on the previous ideas??
Lawrence in Minnesota
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