I was planning to have our cast-iron tub reglazed and was
wondering if it works. I know one person who had it done and
complained that they couldn't use comet on it any more, and that their
white tub has yellow streaks in it. Any advice or recomendations?
I once tried a two-part epoxy tub refinishing kit on a claw foot and
the finish came out terribly. Not only did it look bad, but the paint
began to blister peel off a short time after applying it even though I
religiously followed the instructions on the back.
The house I own now had an claw foot tub that was refinished with epoxy
when I moved in. The surface looked much nicer than the job I did, but
it still peeled after only a short time.
I understand there is an electrostatic powder painting process that is
supposed to work very well for this kind of thing. If I ever needed to
do it again, I'd look into it.
There are several ways of doing it. First and best is to really
re-glaze it. Not cheap and not done in your home.
Second are the professional applications. Done right they are good.
Not as good as the original but good.
Do it your self stuff varies from fair to very poor depending on what
you get and how good a job you do.
Frankly I don't believe comet cleanser should every be used on bathroom
fixtures. It will damage all of them. In fact that may have been the
reason you want to refinish what you have. My personal choice is BonAmi
YELLOW label (not gold). It will take a little more work, but the fixtures
will last a lot longer.
We had a local columnist write about reglazing versus having tub
liners made and installed. She inspected several examples of each in
local homes, and was extremely impressed with how well custom tub
liners fit and held up - so she ended up recommending people consider
them, if they don't want to replace the tub.
Here's one source for them: http://www.rebath.com/
There's "reglazing" and "refinishing"(paint job),big difference in cost and
I've read that the newer URETHANE refinishing (paint)jobs *done by
professionals* stays white and glossy,but will not withstand items dropped
in the tub or abrasive tub cleaners,including Soft Scrub.No anti-slip tub
They recommend 409 or Fantastic for cleaning.
The review was in a local newspaper(not an advertisement) on
remodelling,and said those refinished tubs hold up well for 5 years or
longer,*if cared for properly*.
In my own personal experience,the epoxy-paint kits yellow and peel.
I use a tub reglazing outfit all the time for my remodel projects. I let me
customers know that the finish is not as good as the regular porcelin and
will have some roughness from the airborne particals when they spray it. It
does save a lot of money as opposed to changing the tub. The big thing is
the prep work. The company I use does a good job of preping the tub and
tiles if doing those at the same time. It is sprayed on. I have yet to have
any tub peel that this company has done. You can't use harsh abrasives. I
have had about 6 tubs done a year and about 1 tile job a year done on my
remodel jobs and once had a sink done. All have held up very well except for
one job where the paint got chipped from being hit with very heavy steel
shower curtain hooks. Had the company touch it up, they would not charge me
for it. So I would say if you go this route you need to find someone who
does a good job. Cost here is $350 for the company I use. To find this one I
had asked around to mostly plumbers to get a name. Only ran into the
bathfitter products twice and both customers hated it. One I removed and had
the tub and tile reglazed. About half of my work is rental units. Good luck.
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