Restoring Your Old Hot Tub

What You'll Need
Armor All for Spa Cover
Belt Sander
Stain or Paint
Replacement Knobs and Fixtures

If you have an old hot tub that is not in very good shape, a restoration project can bring it back to life for some years to come. The process involved in repairing and restoring a hot tub is not difficult by any means, but it does require having the right materials, which are listed below. Keep in mind that while you may not be able to bring your hot tub back to a "like new" state, restoring your old hot tub with the following practices can improve its quality considerably.

Step 1: Determine Status of Hot Tub

There are two types of refurbishments for a hot tub. Is your hot tub in decent working order and simply in need of a face lift, or are there mechanical problems or risks that are going to need to be sorted out before you can begin the aesthetics part of the refurbishment? Determining where you stand with your spa is the first step to determining what materials will be needed for the rest of the refurbishment and repair job.

Step 2: Repair Electricals

If your spa is not working as it should, there are a couple of different things that you are going to want to check and subsequently repair. You should check the power and the circuit breaker. Flip each of the breakers off one at a time if there is an electrical issue. If the hot tub is not powering up as it is supposed to, a fuse problem may be the culprit.

If you believe that it is a fuse problem, you can check the fuse if the GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupteris) not staying set. If the fuse happens to be blown, now is your chance to replace it. If the fuse is continuing to blow, there may be an internal wiring problem that needs to be addressed. While you are working on the electrical aspects of the hot tub, you should also check the heater to make sure that it is in good working order.

Step 3: Add Aesthetic Value

Now you can work on the face lift for your spa. This may involve replacing boards, revitalizing the hot tub cover, repairing leaks, sanding out scuffs and numerous other cosmetic repairs. You can bring a worn hot tub cover back to live with some Armor All. A belt sander and some basic sand paper will smooth out wooden elements, and you may consider staining the wood to bring out its color and grain. Take your time improving the aesthetic value of the hot tub to restore it to its former beauty.

Step 4: Check for Leaks

Before you refill the tub, check for cracks and potential sources of leaks. A leaking hot tub is more than just an annoyance, as it also happens to be an electrocution risk considering all of the electrical hookups. Once you are satisfied with the stability of the tub you can refill the water and start soaking.