spruceing up an old tub

Old 12-05-03, 03:57 AM
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spruceing up an old tub

The bathtub at my house must be around 52 years old. It seems as if is 2 piece? There is a side panel and the tub seems to sit into this panel. I can't really explain.
Anyway, it has some scratches and I would like to shine it up some. I read some of previous posts and don't want to take any chances with reglazing by some large franchise place, which does a quick job.
Is there anything I can do scrubbing it, etc., whatever, but NOT reglazing myself), that'll give it a better look. I don't mind applying elbow grease at all. The sides are not baD, but it's the bottom that needs some care. Thanks
Old 12-05-03, 04:27 AM
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I've seen old tubs that like like yours does that have been professionally refinished, and old ones that the homeowner has refinished themselves. The DIFFERENCES in the end result are tremendous! A professionally refinish looks like brand new -- the DIY refinish (at least the ones I've seen) look similar to an old car that was repainted at home using spray paint out of a can.

Check your local Yellow Pages for some pros in your area. Get estimates, references, and ask to see pictures.

The processes that I have seen used is not a quick thing by any means -- you won't have use of the tub for several days! They strip it one day, coat it the next, and let it cure for a couple more days. Discuss the time frame with the pros you get estimates from.

It's less money than replacement, but involves more time.

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