Hello all. I was hoping for some guidance with a problem of mine....
The bathtub in my apartment is quite old. In fact, I'm sure it hasn't
been replaced since this building was built (sometime in the '70's
would be my guess). The bowl of the tub has become so stained over the
years that it's now a bright yellow, and has completely lost it's
I have tried all kinds of cleaning products, as well as having
bleached it repeatedly, all of which had zero effect. The
superintendent of my building has made it perfectly clear that she
will not have the tub replaced, as it "works perfectly fine,
My question is this: would it be possible to refinish the bathtub in
some capacity? I was considering a spray-can finish of some sort, but
I was unsure of the correct prep work involved, among other things.
I really want to do something about this tub...even my toilet looks
cleaner than it.
Not as hard as porcelain, no, but some of the epoxy restoration products
aren't too bad....if you're willing to spend a little money (or could
talk the landlord into it), might check your yellow pages for one of the
tile/counter/appliance repair guys. They may be able to do it for what
you can buy the supplies for retail...
Using one of those DIY tub refinish kits, or even having a company do a
'pro' refinish, without blessing by landlord, is probably a lease-breaker,
and will land OP in the street.
A 1970s apartment in this country is unlikely to be a porcelain over cast
iron anyway. 1970s is probably too early for plastic, but a whole lot of
stamped-steel tubs got installed in that era. As much as those flex in use,
I don't see anything out of a spray can sticking to it.
There are tub cleaning products stronger than what is sold in the grocery
store. OP should try local janitorial supply, or even finding some TSP and
trying a paste made from that, and letting it sit an hour. And a tub from
the 1970s is far from old- there are tubs from 1910s and 1920s out there in
daily use. Properly installed, and not abused, a tub should last the life of
the building. I don't blame landlord for telling OP to get lost- changing
tub means gutting bathroom, since bathroom is built around the tub. I worked
apartment construction in the 1970s, and saw hundreds of them go in.
Valid point, but that's another question than the one posed...
Since OP has obviously had conversations on the subject w/ landlord and
gotten confirmation the complaint is valid and been rejected not on the
basis of the cosmetics being bad/objectionable but on functionality and
is still pursuing it, perhaps the next plan of attack was to suggest a
cosmetic fix rather than replacement??? Don't know, seems reasonable
(having never, fortunately, had to deal w/ landlords since "school daze"
when what the tub looked like wasn't a high priority on my radar...) :)
OP is probably long gone, but as you and others have also notee there
are other cleaning products and/methods out there. If OP had some idea
of what the cause(s) of the stain were and what the tub is actually made
of, it could possibly lead to some better or more specific remedies...
Perhaps the OP wants a clean tub bad enough to get permission from the
landlord and is willing to pay for the job on their own.i'd recommend
having a PRO do the job,and I hear the new urethane finishes the pros use
stay white and do not yellow.They still require using 409 to clean the
tub;no abrasive cleaners.
any real effective cleaning MAY DAMAGE whatever is left of the
original finish and then rust will start:(
I would try one last cleaning then ignore it.
get too aggresive and damage tub apartment owner might keep security
deposit to replace tub.
use a bathmat to improve appearance a little...
or risk spending thousands rebuilding bathroom
I don't believe you, or anyone, is going to be able to restore the
current finish. It is a waste of time.
There are three ways of refinishing the tub.
1. DIY kit. It is possible to get a good finish this way, but not
everyone will and even those that do will find it is not as durable as other
2. A professional version of #1. Chances of a good looking result are
high and it is likely to last longer than the DIY job. They are likely to
use equipment and materials that are not available to the individual.
3. In factory refinish. This one can return it to the original finish,
but is usually too expensive for all but "historic" fixtures that someone
does not want to replace.
As someone noted, if you are not the owner and only a renter, anything
you do without the owner's approval could be trouble.
Try a mild acid first like Lime Away, my lanlord used to use Muriatic
acid, but its dangerous it fumes badly, and then it cant be let to sit
it must be rinsed off in 5 minutes, you can paint it but to prep it
acid should be used
Agree, that's worth a shot. They have products specific for rust
type stains in the plumbing section of HD and similar. In the case
of rust stains, it's amazing. I've seen dark orange/brown stains
disappear as you just pour it on. Whether what you have is some kind
of mineral deposit or a shot finish, who knows.
You could also get the tub professionally refinished, but it's
probably gonna cost $400+. And if you decide to go that route, make
sure you get the landlords OK in writing.
On Jun 10, 9:09 am, email@example.com wrote:
I was reading this thread with great interest as my tub needs
refinishing, also. My house was built in the late 1920's and the
glaze in the bottom of the tub is gone and will stain quite easily due
to thousands of baths over the years. I really don't want to go to
the expense and mess of a whole new tub as I really do like this older
one. Would y'all recommend a liner or the professional ($400+)
refinishing?? I'm open to opinions and suggestions on both
I was in Home Depot a week or so ago and saw a display of refinishing
but really didn't stop to take a look and read the advertisement. It
was a sign your name and address type of thing for a call back on the
Have you considered moving, or threatening to move? Look around and find an
apartment you like and can afford, then give your landlord notice just as
soon as you lease, if you have one, expires.
Just might be he will decide it's easier to replace the bathtub than it is
to find another good, dependable tenant.
How about calling someone like Bath Fitters (??) who encase
the tub and wall surround. Get an estimate. Perhaps you can the
landlord can come to an agreement, maybe you could kick in some
since it really bothers you?
Just a thought.
There is a product I used called "ZAP". It worked immediately on the
stains in my tub, although the toilet which had rust stains took a
little elbow gease as well.
I don't remember where I got it, but here is a link I just found to
the website: http://www.zap-restorer.com/family.asp?fam_id=ZZTG
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