Nowadays, an ugly bathtub does not mean you need to buy an expensive new tub. Whether you call it reglaze, re-enamel or refinish, there are several products that you can buy in order to resurface a bathtub that is stained, has damaged enamel, or even if you simply hate the color. Resurfacing is also an option for an antique tub, like a claw-foot, which has seen better days.
TUBBY DIY Bathtub Resurfacing Kit
Available in both Canada and the United States, this bathtub resurfacing kit is 20 years in the making, gives you a choice of 48 colors, and comes with everything you need to renew an average size tub. In 2010 you can buy the complete kit online for $80.
Do It Yourself Bathtub Refinishing Paint & Pro Bond
This kit comes in the form of easy-to-use spray cans that include a resurfacing paint suitable for a variety of tub surfaces and a strong bonding agent. Only available in the United States, this resurfacing kit boasts a durable finish, 24-hour dry time, has nine colors to choose from and comes in several sizes. To resurface a full standard bathtub costs $64.99 as of 2010, and ships free. Available online.
Durokote II® Standard and Custom Colors
This product is a high-quality coating that can be brushed, rolled or sprayed on for a fast-drying, professional looking finish on your tub. It’s available in standard, custom and even high-gloss colors and will cost you between $46 and $71 for a half-gallon in 2010. Available online.
Glas-tech 9200™ 4-hour Cure Coating
Available in white, standard plumbing fixture colors and clear, this resurfacing topcoat dries very quickly, making cleanup easier. Of course the faster the dry time, the faster you can use your bathtub. The high quality of this product ensures a high level of both moisture and scuff resistance. Available online to contractors.
Isocyanate-Free™ High Gloss Topcoat:
One of the greener products on the market, this bathtub resurfacing system is easy to apply, dries fast, is durable (even in very moist environments) and has a high gloss finish. You have a wide choice of colors, including standard decorating and plumbing options, including the ability to send in a color sample for a custom match. Available online to contractors.
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