Resurface a cast iron tub?
I’m about to take on our bathroom, replacing virtually everything from ceiling and walls to floor and wall tile. New sink, new toilet. But what about the tub. Currently, it’s a dingy cast iron tub, enclosed on three sides. Cost of replacing it is high (my wife wants cast iron again). What about refinishing it? Is this something a reasonably able amateur could do competently, or is it something to hire out? Anyone have experience with the process, and are you happy with the results? How much should I expect to spend if this is an acceptable solution?
About 10 years ago, we hired a pro to resurface a 7-foot clawfoot tub. We met him ata home show. It only cost about $250 (way back then). He etched the surface - wearing protective garb and sealing the bathroom off from the rest of the house. The surface he applied was a really nice, smooth epoxy finish.
There are a couple DIY systems on the market that coat the tub with an epoxy coating.
If you go the DIY route, I'd suggest you be really anal on cleaning the surface, abrade it with fine sandpaper so the new surface will adhere, and make sure any nicks or chips are filled before you start. (auto body filler)
Your question has been discussed a lot--not sure whether it was here or on the Breaktime forum. You might try doing a search (advanced search option--"containing the words" and put in "tub resurfacing" and see what that gets you.).
I dont know if you are willing to take the tub out to get it done, but I wonder how powdercoating would work. It has become very popular on automotive parts, everything from the smallest brackets to an entire car frame. The stuff is pretty bulletproof, but I am not sure what type of prep would be involved to get it to stick to the old porcelain, if it is even possible. Might be worth a few phone calls.
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Rob I am a contractor in CT and have used a fella representing Permaglaze systems. I have about 6 of his sprayed tubs in various customers homes and all are happy with the work. I even have one in my own home - cost about $400 to do but you can't beat an old deep and wide tub, they are better than anything new
I really miss our cast iron tub. We did't have the $ to have the old tub resurfaced, so I got the trusty BFH and split it in half (what a mess ). We put in a new glass (plastic) tub and we still regret not spending the extra $ and keeping the old one.