Redoing An Old Tub
Well, I’m getting closer to actually getting the property up for sale. My agent wants me to spend a zillion dollars getting it ready, I’m kinda reluctant (also broke).
One thing she’s suggesting is having the tub refinished…… Good American Standard cast iron tub, but the porcelain is pretty scruffy looking. But no iron showing through anywhere.
Could I (or has anyone here) polish up the porcelain with, say, a car buffer and rubbing/polishing compound? Or is the old surface gonna be too hard for the stuff to cut?
I think you need a professional for it to be RIGHT probably $400.00.
Try cream of tartar first. After that CLR or one of that type.
I used to use a kind of acid cleaner for mildew. It will clean just about everything well in the bathroom. I got it from HD. I no longer use it because I could feel my lungs burned out afterwards. Once I used my organic vapor mask, but it got to be too much hassle. This will get the tub clean but will not put the gloss back, if that is your problem. Years of cleaning with rough material is probably the cause.
You need to take another look at your house. Refinished tub in an otherwise shabby bathroom or surroundings will stick out, and this will not help with selling. If cabinet, sink, toilet, faucet, tile, paint, light, etc are still in good condition and just old fashioned, then refinishing the tub may add to the value. If not, just price the house as such. With the material price high and realestate down, even using cheaper material to replace what you have may not add value. If you are not doing the work, you also have to spend on labor and possible work related problems. Hope this helps.