Repairing a Bathtub?

Fiberglass and acrylic bathtubs can be damaged, leaving pits and holes in the tub. There are products that can be used to repair the damage.

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February 3, 2015

I used liquid soap (which is for the toilet bowl) to remove a small stain from my acrylic bathtub, and kept it on for awhile. After washing, I found the enamel came off on that portion leaving a blackish colour. It seems like the paint came off. The tub is new and now it looks very old because of that mark. The mark is on the non slip grip part, and unfortunately the mark is spreading everyday. How can I fix it? Please help. Thanks.

By Gulru


December 6, 20170 found this helpful

If it is the paint, clean it well to get all the soap off, then use one of the acrylic repair kids. You state "enamel, leaving it black" and that almost sounds like a porcelain tub as it is sprayed on over black cast iron. If it is that get a touch up porcelain paint.

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April 13, 2010

I need to know how to fix a tub drain. I have a rust spot (hole) near the drain cover. Can a larger cover and gasket be purchased to go over this? Or is there a compound (fiberglass) that can permanently fill the hole and allow me to use the same cover?

By Don Michalski from Cohoes, NY


April 13, 20100 found this helpful

Difficulty: Easy

Things You'll Need:
Putty knife
Automotive body filler

Step 1: Determine how large your hole is. If the hole is larger than 3 inches by 3 inches, it will be difficult to patch, and you should consider replacing the tub. However, if your hole is still manageable, you can begin by applying the body filler over the entire hole.

Step 2: Leave the body filler to cure for anywhere from six to twelve hours, depending on the size of the hole.

Step 3: Go back and file over the hole with sand paper to make it feel like a natural part of your bathtub. After sanding and removing all excess automotive body filler, paint the entire patch with a color that matches your bathtub.
Use a tub and tile refinishing paint or use a fiberglass paint.

Your bathtub should look as good as new in as little as seven hours of your spare time.

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October 19, 2011

If your bathtub isn't draining well it can be a problem for taking baths and being able to use your bathroom properly. Getting the drain clear will make your bathtub, and bathroom in general, easier to use. This is a page about clearing a clogged bathtub drain.

Plunger in a clogged bathtub

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July 25, 2018

Depending on the material that your bathtub is made from, there are a variety of different ways to minimize or remove scratches on the finish. This is a page about how to repair scratches on a bathtub's finish.

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June 14, 2016

This is a page about fixing a bathtub drain. With use a bathtub drain may need some type of repair.

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August 19, 2013

his is a page about repairing a bathtub spout diverter. You turn on the shower and half of the water is coming out of the spout rather than the shower head. It is time to take a look at the diverter. T

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