Yes, a porcelain bathtub can be refinished, but should be done by a professional during the warmer weather. The chemicals used to refinish the tub are extremely dangerous on the respiratory system. The bathroom has to be well ventilated.
We had a porcelain tub refinished in our second 3-bedroom home.
Check out the Habitat for Humanity ReStore; used building materials for at least half price (usually more). I've found brand new items that builders have brought in after working on a project (it's cheaper for them to claim the charitable contribution on taxes than to try to reclaim money by selling it themselves). You can usually find a tub for the same price you would waste at a big box store on refinishing spray that likely won't work.
We've had our reglazed, but by a professional. It's not a DIY project, as there are lots of chemicals involved. It's only about $350, though, so compared to buying a new one and having it installed, it's a breeze.
I hate people who post references to product without giving the make and model of the product is simply useless. Saying I bought it at Home Depot/Lowes doesn't help. Have any idea how bad customer service is at these locations and how large the stores are?
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One can buy a product from Homax that is a tub refinishing kit. I am told it works very well but you have to have good ventilation. You prep it, paint it, and let it dry.
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I have a pink tub. I know you can buy the kit to change the colour of your bathtub, but I would like a black bathtub. The kit only comes in white, almond, or bone. How do I get it black without calling Bath Fitters?
By Gail from Belle Ewart, Ontario
Home Depot has a black finish. I am sure someone there can be sure to give you a good tutorial and point you to a good YouTube video for the DIY. Good luck! Make overs are so nice when they are done....like having a whole new space!!
I recently refinished my claw foot tub with Homemax kit. It is not a smooth finish. Is there anything I can do to get a smooth surface? How about buffing it or putting a couple of coats of polyurthene varnish on it?
You could try buffing. I would contact the maker of the kit you used and ask them. I would NOT polyurethane it, that will make it slick and creating a fall hazard.
Where can I buy "Tough As Tile" Tub Epoxy for refinishing a bathtub?
There are fiberglass repair kits available at a home improvement or a boating store. This is a page about refurbishing a fiberglass tub.
This is a page about restoring a claw foot tub. A restored claw foot tub can be a beautiful focal point in your bathroom. Depending on its age it may need a lot of work to bring it back to its original beauty.
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Our bathtub is no longer getting clean when I scrub it. There are chips in the finish and rusty areas. Replacing it is out of the question for financial and design reasons. Any recommendations about tub refinishing?