Fixture Type  BATHTUBS

Bathtubs generally fall into four categories, based from which material they're made:  acrylic, cultured marble, fiberglass, or enameled porcelain.  Bathtubs in all 4 categories can vary by size and shape.  A standard size "builder grade" porcelain tub has a rectangular steel base that measures 54x27x14, and costs $350 to refinish.  A porcelain enameled tub with a cast iron rectangular base is deeper, wider, and longer than a standard steel tub, and costs $425 to refinish.  

Acrylic, cultured marble, and fiberglass tubs can be any shape or size.  Fiberglass tubs can even be part of a unit where the tub and surrounding walls are all one molded piece, and prices start at $850 to refinish. Cultured marble bathtubs are always oversized, are either round or oval shaped, and may or may not be jetted.

Porcelain Bathtubs

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PRICINGThe cost to refinish a 'porcelain-enameled steel' tub is $350. The cost to refinish a 'porcelain-enameled cast iron' tub is $425, because they are larger. Refinishing cost does not include repairs.

The base for a porcelain tub is made of either steel or cast iron, and is specially designed during manufacturing for "enameling" (baking a porcelain finish on top).  We call these types of tubs "porcelain tubs," and they have always been the most common type of bathtub found in homes.

Homes built before the 70's generally have the bigger, nicer porcelain enameled cast iron tubs, like the pink one pictured here. These old cast iron tubs are longer, wider, and deeper than the steel tubs - and they keep the water warmer longer, too.

A tell-tale sign that it's time to refinish a porcelain tub is when it's getting hard to clean ... or hard to keep clean, and it never really looks clean no matter what you do.  When this happens, chances are the porcelain finish is simply wearing off.  How does that happen?  The finish wears off due to cleaning with harsh abrasives, which can cause a porcelain surface to become so porous that soap and body oils collect easily on the surface, making it nearly impossible to keep clean or look clean, even when you know it is.

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Slipper tubs, sometimes called "claw foot" tubs, are always porcelain over cast iron and raised off the ground by their "claw feet" or a pedestal.  These types of tubs are usually free-standing (not caulked into an alcove surrounded by wall tile) and have a rough, unfinished outside.  Slipper tubs can be 5-7 feet in length.  If your slipper tub is already installed in the bathroom, the plumbing will need to be removed before we arrive to refinish.

PRICING:  The cost to refinish the inside or the outside of a 5-foot slipper tub is $425.  For each half foot over 5 feet, add $50.

Cultured Marble Bathtubs

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Cultured marble bathtubs are always oversized, are either round or oval shaped, and can be jetted.  A tell-tale sign of this man-made material is the "swirly" or "speckled" look to its finish.  Because cultured marble bathtubs can be any size or shape, we will need pictures and 3 measurements (length, width, and depth) sent to the email address at the top of this page in order to get you a bid.

When taking measurements, do not dip down into the tub. Instead, measure straight across the tub from front to back for length; side to side for width; and for the depth, measure from the outside of the tub starting at the floor and go straight up vertically to the top of the tub.  Please include an overall image of the tub, along with specific shots of any damage (rust, chips, stains, cracks, pits).

Acrylic Bathtubs

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Acrylic bathtubs can also be any size, so unless it is a 5' rectangle, we will need pictures and 3 measurements (length, width, and depth) sent to the email address at the top of this page in order to get you a bid. When taking these measurements, do not dip down into the tub.  Instead, just measure straight across the tub from front to back for length; side to side for width; and for the depth, measure from the outside of the tub  starting at the floor and go straight up vertically to the top of the tub. Please include an overall image of the tub, along with specific shots of any damage (rust, chips, stains, cracks, pits).

Fiberglass Bathtubs

Like acrylic bathtubs, fiberglass bathtubs can be any size, and they can also be part of a wall unit where the tub and walls are one molded piece, so unless your  is just a 5' rectangle, we will need pictures and 3 measurements (length, width, and depth) sent to the email address at the top of this page in order to get you a bid.

When taking these measurements, do not dip down into the tub.  Instead, just measure straight across the tub from front to back for length; side to side for width; and for the depth, measure from the outside of the tub starting at the floor and go straight up vertically to the top of the tub. 

With pictures and these 3 measurements, we will be able to give you an accurate bid.  The best pictures will include an overall image of the tub, along with specific shots of any damage (rust, chips, stains, cracks, pits).

Repair Work Prior to Refinishing

If there is damage in ANY type of bathtub, the damage must be repaired before refinishing.  Damage can range from just a little rust or a small chip to a lot of rust, chips, cracks, nicks, dings, and holes.

TURNKEY OPTION

Part of our preparation before refinishing bathtubs includes (1) cleaning and trimming back the caulk line between the tub and last row of tile, (2) protecting the immediate surrounding area with paper, and (3) removing the overflow cover and silver ring covering the drain. We do these things in order to get a complete surface to spray.

The day after (24 hours) refinishing, you can choose for us to return to (1) remove the protective paper, (2) re-caulk around the tub, and (3) re-install the existing or a new drain and overflow cover ... or you may choose to do these final steps yourself.  For our scheduling purposes, we will need to know whether or not you are going to require the Turnkey service ($95) at the time you are scheduling the work, as it is an option.

Regarding the drain and overflow cover, if your existing set is dingy and old, this would be the time to have a new set installed, because your tub is going to look brand new and shiny again after refinishing. If you choose the Turnkey Option, we can purchase a set for you ($50 for chrome; $75 for other finishes) and install it the day after refinishing, or you can purchase one yourself and we will install it for you.

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