Tubs, Showers

Published on August 14th, 2013 | by Henri

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Re-surfacing a bathtub

Q.    The surface glazing of my bathtub is mostly gone. I do not want to replace the tub at this time and would like to refinish it until such time as we remodel the bathroom. Apparently, there are several different professional refinishing systems available (acrylic, 2-parts epoxy, etc.) Which system is best in terms of durability, resistance to discoloration and chipping, etc?

A.    Bath Fitter installs acrylic tub and wall liners directly over your existing tub — and walls if you choose the entire package. They claim a very long life expectancy of 25 to 30 years. Perma-Glaze is a different process that is applied over chips or the entire surface of tubs and sinks. Of the two, my personal feeling is that the acrylic liners may be more durable.

Be aware that neither of these systems will give you as hard a glaze as the original, so do not use harsh cleaning compounds on it.

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