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Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Roy [AL]) Sep 11, 2018 4:56 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Sisco [MO]) Sep 11, 2018 5:01 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Roy [AL]) Sep 11, 2018 5:04 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by fred [CA]) Sep 11, 2018 5:18 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Steve [MA]) Sep 11, 2018 5:25 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by myob [GA]) Sep 11, 2018 5:27 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Vee [OH]) Sep 11, 2018 6:08 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by NE [PA]) Sep 11, 2018 6:10 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Deanna [TX]) Sep 11, 2018 6:12 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Roy [AL]) Sep 11, 2018 6:13 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by myob [GA]) Sep 11, 2018 6:29 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by fred [CA]) Sep 11, 2018 6:46 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by RB [MI]) Sep 11, 2018 6:53 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Vee [OH]) Sep 11, 2018 7:03 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Sisco [MO]) Sep 11, 2018 7:34 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by AllyM [NJ]) Sep 11, 2018 10:41 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by jb [OH]) Sep 11, 2018 10:59 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Small potatoes [NY]) Sep 11, 2018 11:02 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by myob [GA]) Sep 11, 2018 12:22 PM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Sep 11, 2018 1:39 PM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Livethedream [AZ]) Sep 11, 2018 2:31 PM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by cjo'h [CT]) Sep 11, 2018 2:34 PM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by AllyM [NJ]) Sep 12, 2018 9:26 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by AllyM [NJ]) Sep 12, 2018 9:27 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Roy [AL]) Sep 13, 2018 4:10 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by R [OH]) Sep 13, 2018 9:36 AM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Hollis [MA]) Sep 13, 2018 2:48 PM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by elliot [RI]) Sep 13, 2018 3:03 PM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by LL [TX]) Sep 19, 2018 8:15 PM
       Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by JB [OR]) Sep 23, 2018 10:37 PM

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Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 4:56 AM
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Has anyone here ever used those DYI bath tub re-surfacing kits (sold at Lowes or HD) with any success? I do know professional tub re-glazing is in the $500.00 range but was wondering if the DYI tub kits were worth the effort involved?

On my current rehab, someone before me either spray painted the tub or put something on it that is flaking off now. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 5:01 AM
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The process is labor intensive, the results while good, are temporary. --72.172.xxx.xx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 5:04 AM
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Sisco,

Define Temporary. Weeks, months, years? Can I assume you have actually used one of these kits that sell for around $50.00 ? --68.63.xxx.xxx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by fred [CA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 5:18 AM
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Here is my approach that worked for me:

A new enamel over steel tub and drain set - less than $200. Expected life 20-25 yrs. In my case there was no labor involved.

The best re-glaze job - $500 with expected life of 5-8 yrs.

DIY kit - $50. For an inexperienced DIYer it will be money and hard work down the drain.

Using spray can paint is insane.

If it's for a rental, don't you want a perfect job? a new tub will be a 'selling point'.

--99.59.x.xxx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 5:25 AM
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Roy, I have one odd size customed built tub that I've repainted several times. We removed the overflow & drain trim, sanded with 180 grit followed by 300 grit wet & dry paper, thoroughly wiped with paint thinner and applied 3 coats of white boat paint using a small foam roller & a foam brush. Each time the paint job has lasted at least 4 years. Since we used some of my left over boat paint I doubt this cost more than $10.00 each time. --71.174.xx.xx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 5:27 AM
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I've done several with great success. Didn't use kit.

Here is the process: lightly sand the tub surface to break the GLAZE paint won't stick to shinny surface. Make repairs using the 2 part epoxy-- comes in white. Let it set up and sand it. Purchase 5 cans of white epoxy spray paint (used on appliances) purchase paint thinner (small can) purchase 2 tack rags. Buy the attachment for spray paint can to make spraying easier. (Costs about 4.00) after sanding clean up with vacuuming-- use thinner to wipe down whole tub. Tape out items you don't want painted. Put on your long sleeve shirt and mask place fans in door to exhaust (negative pre sure) JUST before spray-- wipe down with tack rags. Start with light dusting of paint on surface working from high to low. Wait 5 minutes for tack coat to really tack up-- now come back with your gloss coat-- the tack coat will keep the heavy coat from sagging. Let set for 2 days-- with hot room if you can. --99.103.xxx.xxx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 6:08 AM
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If the first layer is peeling you need to get below that for a firm grip, you can remove the tub, take to a powder coating company to have the tub stripped clean and then coated in your favorite color, takes about 750-800bux without labor and 6-7 weeks. Meanwhile you can get a tub from a plumbing store or the home improvement trio 160-250 bux and keep your project moving forward, I have recently found a small company that makes a fiberglass tub with a ridge of sorts to retain water from rolling over to the floor but I still put in area drains near the tub itself for that easy cleanup feature, you can see these at fast food places. --76.188.xxx.xx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 6:10 AM
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That ReNu or whatever it's called is garbage. --174.201.x.xx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 6:12 AM
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We had to tear out and replace our master bath after a flood. We retiled in white and navy, but rather than replacing the pink tub, we just resurfaced it white out of a kit. It lasted three or four years while we lived there... but once it turned into a rental, it didn't last a year before the tenants had ruined the finish.

Now our tenants have a master bath in white and navy, with a pink tub. --96.46.xxx.xx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 6:13 AM
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Vee,

Remove the tub? You have to be kidding! This tub would require knocking down a wall before it could be removed. This is a Class C rental house. I need something that will last 5 years.

Steve's boat paint method seems interesting though. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 6:29 AM
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Roy AL you can't put on a finish with a roller? gee's man? I thought you were from Alabama? --99.103.xxx.xxx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by fred [CA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 6:46 AM
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Roy,

You don't take down walls to remove a tub out.

We break it to pieces with a 10 lb sledge hammer or cut it down with a saw. I have a day worker do it, while I'm out picking up a new tub. Dusty? yes. Easy to carry out? yes.

In your situation, re-glazing could work. DIY or a pro.

Call for more estimates. --99.59.x.xxx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 6:53 AM
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Ask Sherwin Williams. --184.53.x.xxx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 7:03 AM
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Well you may be able to remove the tub without removing half of a wall - think tilt, but you will not get the new one until you remove part of a wall, you could try burning off the bad paint while it is in position but risk burning down more walls, name your poison.... --76.188.xxx.xx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 7:34 AM
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Yes Roy, I have purchased and used the kits for this project. As for a timeline of product useful life, I have not had one that looked acceptable after 2 years. I suspect that several variables are at play. Hard water being one that I deal with.

The thing is that a tub with a worn finish doesnít look good, it may be acceptable. a painted tub, with the paint stained is gross looking and unacceptable. --72.172.xxx.xx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 10:41 AM
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The one I paid $400 for twenty years ago is still good because they etch the surface of the tub with acid. The chemical smell is horrendous. It's not worth your life to find out you have been poisoned. Find the guy who acid etches and pay him. --73.178.xxx.xx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by jb [OH]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 10:59 AM
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We have found out that car paint last better. --24.123.x.xxx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 11:02 AM
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The DIY kits from a box store are not worth your time and the Finish doesn't last more than 2 years before it starts to wear away. --66.87.xxx.xx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 12:22 PM
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As i said in my post EPOXY APPLIANCE PAINT. 5 cans for bath surround and tub follow instructions-- get supplies at H-depot. --99.103.xxx.xxx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 1:39 PM
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Roy,

We use TileDoc from Sherwin.

Prep chips with bondo.

Wipe down dust with acetone or alcohol. Thinner leaves a film.

Spray on with HVLP sprayer or roll on.

We do the side walls - tile, plastic, and sinks. The whole thing looks clean and new.

Lasts a few years. Momma picks the house and Momma donít want her naked bottom on a grungy ol tub.

Trick: often the floor of the tub is the problem so we simply cover it with a full size stick on mat I buy from the hotel supply house (American).

BRAD --68.50.xxx.xxx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Livethedream [AZ]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 2:31 PM
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DANGER!!! DO NOT SPRAY 2 PART EPOXY WITHOUT A POSITIVE PRESSURE AIR MASK! You can DIE if it gets on your lungs.

I have done 6 or 8 now. 2 brush the rest spray. I am possibly the best brush painter since Da Vinci - I can do the high gloss yacht varnishes. I once BRUSHED a 40 ft sailboat with Imron. And the tubs are probably the hardest jobs ever. My advice is DO NOT brush it unless you are really good. The stuff will sag like no tomorrow.

The trick is extra thin coats, about three, lightly sand between if brushing. And as others said, prep is important.

It won't last in a rental. Or just plan to touch up on turn arounds. I did one in my former house and it held up ok with light use till we sold a couple years later but was starting to show a few wear points.

Where recoating worked great was when I renoed a couple of mobiles a few years back. The baths were trashed as you might imagine. I had about a $400 budget to rebuild the bath.

The tub I had a laborer clean with respirator and full strength "The Works" toilet cleaner works wonders. Then I sprayed the two part DIY stuff. Hung a nice shower curtain and shiney new faucets. Nobody did more than a courtesy glance at the finish. Tubs looked great at the open houses, I couldn't say what they were like a month later, but nobody sued me, so I guess they were happy.

It's a price point thing. In a cheap rental or flip, paint it. Higher end, replace.

--47.216.xx.xxx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2018 2:34 PM
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Roy,how are you? Don't listen to many of them,they're putting you on. I've used the kits from Lowes,they work,if you work.the results are all in the prep work you do.little prep work,equals bad results.I've used the ones that you brush on.Whatevers left over,you use on the countertop,if it needs it,only if it needs it.Keep trucking .........charlie.......................remember,all in the prep work,Oh! Lasts about six years,then do it again.........................no big deal ,and cheap..............................what do you expect for $4.98...............coming from Northern Ireland,I'm just frugal,not cheap,remember that?........................ --32.214.xxx.xx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2018 9:26 AM
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Acetone use has given Parkinson's disease to three people that I knew. They are all dead. One was from making model planes, one was from cleaning rollers at a printers and one was from cleaning dirt off of antique oil paintings. It dissolves little cells in the back of the brain that dampen electrical signals and when they go away the signal keeps bouncing back and forth making shaking and other issues. The cells can be transplanted and have been in the past but no one seems to do that anymore and really, who wants to go through that? Any sprayed oils will coat the inside of your lungs and make oxygen transfer impossible. Babies have died after drinking mineral oil and coughing. Dogs have died at groomers after being sprayed to dampen their coats. --73.178.xxx.xx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2018 9:27 AM
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Oh, and two more were women who redid their nail polish everyday using acetone to remove the old polish and one has died and the other is a mess. --73.178.xxx.xx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2018 4:10 AM
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From reading all of the replies here, this is something I think I need to hire it out. Any job that requires hours of working on my old knees is something I really don't care to deal with.

Brad's suggestion of a full size bath mat may be the cheap and easy solution in covering over the bad spots of my tub here. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by R [OH]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2018 9:36 AM
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Hi Roy,

I had a tub reglazed (I think that's the term)many years ago for about $150.00. I thought why not paint it myself next time. So I do. I like some of the other ideas on prep and painting. I figure what's the worst thing that I can do to the tub or it might come out looking nice. I just prime with water base primer and paint using a exterior glossy white (might be too slippery though). It really shines. If they keep it clean it should last many years. The worst thing you'll have to do is repeat the process just like painting the walls between tenants. Good luck. --12.47.xx.xx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by Hollis [MA]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2018 2:48 PM
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I did a sink once, it was a spare sink in a back room that we never used much. Oh,.. it looked okay for a while within a year it started to peal. By the way I followed all directions,. sanded etc. I don't think much of those kids.

I probably have had 10 tubs done by a professional,..Cost me about $400-$450 apiece. Some have lasted a dozen years and still pretty good, one is five years old looks perfect.I did have one recoated after 10 years because of abuse by a tenant

After seeing what the people do this for a living,.. the preparation,..the very nasty chemicals etc. I wouldn't THINK of trying this myself. I can be cheap on some things but not tub resurfacing. By the way the last couple ones I had done the tubs look beautiful and brand-new.

So I have a new old house been in there now for 4 years had one of the tubs on move in done and again it still looks like it is brand new,... but you do have to be careful who you choose to do it. What we don't do is use those mats with the suction cups on the bottom I was told by one of the techs that it's one of the worst things you can do and we don't use heavy abrasives either on it. Now you can't control that is in a rental but we told renters that not to do either one of those and if the tube is damaged they'll be responsible for it . So far been really good about not doing that --96.236.xxx.xxx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by elliot [RI]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2018 3:03 PM
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Recently I did resurface with BathWorks product. Based on the research I did(lots online reviews), it sounds promising. For 100 bucks, I did 2 tubs. It looked brand new. I tried HD/Lowes product before, didn't last.

The prep work is about an hour or less. I did wear the beefy mask when applying. I didn't smell a thing with it on, as soon as I took it off, it was strong. --71.232.xxx.xxx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by LL [TX]) Posted on: Sep 19, 2018 8:15 PM
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Interesting comments following up with Ally's suggestion that there may be a link between acetone and Parkinson's Disease.

http://forums.seekerscircle.com/index.php?showtopic=7927 --76.183.xxx.xxx




Tub Resurfacing / DYI ? (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Sep 23, 2018 10:37 PM
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LOL, nice catch LL(TX). Looks like Ally is a bit of a plagiarist. --24.20.xxx.xxx



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