If your bathtub is looking shabby and worn, reglazing it will give it a fresh look that can add to the aesthetic of your entire bathroom. However, the bathtub reglazing process can only be performed once so you want to make it last. This article will discuss the bathtub reglazing process, how long it lasts and what you can do to get the most out of your updated look.
What is Reglazing?
Reglazing is recommended for bathtubs that have minor stains, scratches and imperfections. It covers damage to renew the look of your bathtub. Also called recoating and refinishing, reglazing involves, applying several coats of primer and paint and a final buffing to get it looking like new. It is a temporary fix that is largely cosmetic in nature.
Here is a brief step by step of the reglazing process.
- Remove or tape drain and fixtures.
- Scrape tube with razor and sand surfaces to make them even
- Clean tub with a cloth, then tape caulking and apply a primer
- Use a roller to apply the refinishing coating, then finish with a brush
- Let dry 24 hours. Then remove tape.
The reglazing process typically costs $200 to $650.
How Long Will a Reglazing Last?
The answer to this question varies according to how the project is done. If you get a professional in to reglaze your tub, it can last 10 to 15 years. However, if you decide to DIY the job, it’s likely that there will not be as much attention paid to detail. In these cases, you can expect your reglazing to last 3-4 years. Professionals can also get the job finished faster, they can provide a wider color variety and they tend to produce a result of more even surfaces that look better and last longer.
How Can I Make My Reglazing Project Last Longer?
Of course, the amount of time the reglaze lasts will also be affected on how you treat your bathtub after it is reglazed. For instance, using abrasive or chemical cleaners will wear away at the new coats of paint and primer so that your tub will start showing signs of damage sooner. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid using steel wool, bleach and strong detergents when cleaning your tub. Use mild detergents, soap and baking soda instead. Using abrasive cleaners can erode the finish after just 2-3 years, even if you had your reglazing done by a professional. For best results, you should also avoid using your tub for 24 hours after the reglazing takes place.
Reglazing can add several years to the life of your tub, but you must follow up with the proper treatment to get the most out of your project. Going with a professional and avoiding using harsh cleaners can add 10 to 15 years to your tub’s life. Will you be choosing this option to get your bathroom looking it’s best? Call us today and schedule your reglazing project!