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Bathtub refinishing is also known as bathtub resurfacing, bathtub re-glazing, and bathtub re-enameling.  Bathtub refinishing is a "sprayed-on" process that can make a worn, damaged bathtub look like new again.  This like-new appearance cannot be achieved with Do-It-Yourself products.

Only a professional refinisher has access to the high-tech, durable coatings that are required to give a bathtub its shiny new appearance.  More importantly, only a seasoned, professional refinisher has the tools and skill to apply the surface correctly the first time, every time.

Having said that, there are four different types of bathtubs, based on the material from which they're made:  acrylic, cultured marble, fiberglass, and porcelain.

Porcelain Bathtubs

Porcelain Bathtub Before and After Refinishing

Porcelain tubs are manufactured with either a steel or cast iron base, and are the most common type of bathtub found in homes.  These types of tubs are specially designed during the manufacturing process for "enameling" (baking a porcelain finish on top of the metal base).  That's why we call them "porcelain tubs".

Steel-based porcelain tubs (sometimes called "builder grade" tubs) are lighter, narrower, shallower, and less expensive than cast iron tubs.  Cast iron tubs are deeper, wider, and sometimes longer than steel-based tubs, and they also keep the bath water warmer for a longer period of time.  The cost to refinish a steel-based tub is $350; the cost to refinish a cast iron tub is $425.  Refinishing does not include the cost for any repairs.

A tell-tale sign that it's time to refinish a porcelain tub is when it's getting Claw foot or "slipper" Porcelain Bathtub Before and After Refinishing hard to clean ... or hard to keep clean, and it never really looks clean no matter what you do.  This is a sign that the porcelain finish is wearing off.  How does that happen?  The finish wears off over time 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 look clean, even when you know it is.

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.  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

Cultured marble bathtubs are always oversized, either round or oval in shape, and may be jetted.  One of the easiest ways to spot this man-made material is the "swirly" or "speckled" look of its finish.

Cultured Marble bathtub before and after refinishing

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 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).

Acrylic Bathtubs

Acrylic Bathtub Before and After Refinishing

Acrylic bathtubs can be any size, and they can also be part of a wall unit where the tub and walls are one molded piece.  To get you a bid, we will need pictures and 3 measurements (length, width, and depth) sent to the email address at the top of this page.

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

Fiberglass Bathtub Before and After Refinishing

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. To get you a bid, we will need pictures and 3 measurements (length, width, and depth) sent to the email address at the top of this page.

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).


PORCELAIN

$350-$425

Steel or Cast Iron

Steel = $350

Cast Iron = $425

Strip previously-refinished tub =$150

Repairs = $25-$150
(see below)

OPTION:
Turnkey Service=$95
(see below)

OPTION:
New drain/overflow:
Chrome = $50
Other Finishes = $75

ACRYLIC

$350-$950

Single and 1-Piece Units

5-foot Tub = $350

Tub&Surround=$950

Strip previously-refinished tub =$150

Repairs = $25-$150
(see below)

OPTION:
Turnkey Service=$95
(see below)

OPTION:
New drain/overflow:
Chrome = $50
Other Finishes = $75

FIBERGLASS

$350-$950

Single and 1-Piece Units

5-foot Tub = $350

Tub&Surround=$950

Strip previously-refinished tub =$150

Repairs = $25-$150
(see below)

OPTION:
Turnkey Service=$95
(see below)

OPTION:
New drain/overflow:
Chrome = $50
Other Finishes = $75

CULTURED MARBLE

Varies by Size

Email Measurements

Email length, width, and depth measurements

Strip previously-refinished tub =$150

Repairs = $25-$150
(see below)

OPTION:
Turnkey Service=$95
(see below)

OPTION:
New drain/overflow:
Chrome = $50
Other Finishes = $75


Repair Work Prior to Refinishing

If there is damage in a bathtub, it must be repaired before the bathtub can be refinished.  Damage can range from just a little rust or a small chip to a lot of rust, chips, cracks, nicks, dings, and holes.  Because of that, repair costs can range between $25-$150, depending on the severity of the damage.

Please note that our warranty is specifically related to the two things under our control:  workmanship and product defects.  We do not guarantee that rust, cracks, or holes won't reappear later in a bathtub if the underlying source of the damage (possibly a house shift, improper initial installation, water leak, or previous damage to the same area) has not been corrected.

The TURNKEY Service Option

Part of the preparation before refinishing a bathtub includes (1) cleaning and/or trimming the caulk line between the tub and last row of tile, (2) protecting the immediate surrounding area with paper and statically-charged plastic, and (3) removing the drain and overflow cover in order to get a complete surface to spray.

The TURNKEY Service OptionThe day after refinishing, you have the option of removing this plastic/paper, re-caulking the tub, and re-installing the new or existing drain and overflow cover ... or we can come back to do it for a return trip charge of $95. Although most homeowners can do these 3 things, most still prefer that we do it so it is a turnkey project for them. It's totally up to you, but for scheduling purposes, we will need to know if you want it, as it requires an extra day in our schedule.

Regarding the drain and overflow cover, if your existing set is dingy and old-looking, you will want a shiny, new set for your shiny, new bathtub. If you choose the Turnkey Service, you can purchase the set yourself that you want us to install, or we can buy it for you.

If you want us to buy it, the cost of the drain and overflow is determined by the type of finish you choose (chrome, brass, brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze, etc.), but the most common finish is chrome, which is $50 for the drain and overflow cover set. Most other finishes range between $75-$100 per set.

Service Areas

Our service areas extend to most of the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex including Addison, Argyle, Arlington, Bedford, Benbrook, Blue Mound, Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Cockrell Hill, Colleyville, Coppell, Corinth, Dallas, Dalworthington Gardens, Denton, DeSoto, Double Oak, Duncanville, Euless, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Haltom City, Haslet, Highland Park, Highland Village, Hurst, Irving, Justin, Keller, Kennedale, Lancaster, Lewisville, Mansfield, Mesquite, North Richland Hills, Northlake, Plano, Richardson, Richland Hills, Roanoke, Saginaw, Southlake, The Colony, Trophy Club, University Park, Watauga, Westlake, and many others.

These cities indicate our maximum travel range.  Call Debbie at 817.305.0300 if you're unsure whether we travel to your area without an additional travel charge.