reglazing a claw foot tub
I’ve gotten several quotes for reglazing/painting a claw foot tub I want to reuse.
Prices are all around $550 and up to $900 sight unseen.
No one has actually been here because I spose its pretty standard.
the tub is in good shape.
Worst part of it is that theres a drop of rusty marks in the center of the inside.
Wondering if anyone knows a site I can go into to see if its plausable for me to do it myself and or if its worth it. (reglazing)
Apparently I have the same equiptment that most of the reglazing guys have.
Should I just let them do it???? Probably, right?
Its making me wonder if I should just try and find a new tub. I had no idea it was going to cost so much.
Thanks in advance fellas
Be well sprayed
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Had mine done with paint ("Perma Glaze") about 5 years ago, and it needs redoing again.
Looked real good, like new, for about 3 years. Took good care to prevent any chips, did get two or three but never peeled so they are small things that don't detract much, but after 5 years it is really worn thru and needs redoing.
The installer (Permaglaze) said that it usually lasts about 5 years so I'm not surprised or disapointed. I only used a sponge and "clean shower" to remove soap scum so the wear is about as long-lasting as I could have made it.
Heard about epoxy but not sure if it lasts any longer before re-coats.
Anyway, if you want a tub you can treat like a new tub, get a new tub. But if this is for weekend use and candle light 'gatherings' with the spouse, go for it (so to speak).
I think that when I re-do my BR I'm going to look for a nicely styled, new cast iron tub and skip the temporary coatings. Until that day I'm gonna have the permaglaze re-done and hopefully get another good 5 years until then.
Hope this helps,
I saw on one of the house shows, a guy sandblasting and grinding away..........I'm not sure what he put on it, but the baked the hill out of it after application.
I would think this to be a step or 2 above the spray on in your house type of refinishing.
I'm funny this way, but unless it looked God awful, I'd consider leaving it as is. Ajax the crap out of it. Who needs a slippery tub anyway??
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Ihad a custumer that sanded it here self. She use a light grit, marine grade sand papper after trying everything including lightter fluid. Wet, marine grade sand paper and elbow grease got out some ugly stuff. She then panited and put a finich on it that was impressive. I will found out the name of the paint and finish. These materials where a minamal investment.
I looked into this a few years back. What I decided was that the pro's aren't price gouging.
There is a lot of prep work that must be done before the new coatings go on. And the new coatings are usually epoxy-based paints, put on with a sprayer. If you've ever used the stuff, then you know that epoxy paint can be difficult (at best) -- and that multiple coats might require you to stay up all night.
But the result is very nice. If your budget can handle it, go for it. If not, then bite the bullet and get an acrylic tub.
Unless you're the lead dog, the view just never changes.
The quality of the job depends on the materials and technique. In general, they scuff the surface, then prime it with a very strong lacquer type cleaner, then apply 1-2 coats of the body cured with a heat lamp, then a final color coat, again cured with a heat lamp. They all seem to have heavy duty exhaust fans, because the stuff they use is very flamable.
You have to stay away from the tub for about 2-3 days and only use special non-abrasive cleaners.
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here's the part that sucks ...
it's all up to the individual doing the redo.
I've seen lots that wore away ...
and have seen a few that looked great after 10 years ...
it all comes down to the kid doing the application.
Have seen both on and off site that have looked great ...
me ... I'd find a new ... old tub.
You just can't be sure.
or ... find a bargain and take the gamble?
I definitely know I wouldn't try it myself ... if it failed in the given time frame ... I'd just be pissed at myself.
coupla years ago ... I had to cut up a beautiful claw foot ... it was in the basement ... and the rest of the house was literally built around it! Broke my heart ....
Buck Construction, llc Pittsburgh,PA
Artistry in Carpentry
I did a bathroom job a year ago where the HO wanted a claw foot tub installed. She offered a tub her brother was going to use as a planter in his yard. About 10 layers of paint on the outside, scum and rust on the inside. 10 hours, a gallon of stripper, and a bottle of CLR later, the old thing looked so close to new she no longer needed the inside reglazed. In hindsight it was really labor intensive but I had cut her a deal and was more or less forced to stay within budget by taking this route.
I had two different companies come out and give me a price and I picked their brains about how the process worked. After too much effort, I finally pulled it out of one of them that they use a Sherwin Williams aircraft epoxy paint. The price was about $450.00 and they said it would last 'up to ten years'.
The method described by firebird would imo be the best since it is essentially the same process new tubs are finished with. Anything else is like putting a band-aid on it. Good luck with the project. If you check the prices on new tubs, you'll understand why this particular market exists.