When addressing a bathroom project, cost will inevitably determine whether one chooses to replace or refinish a bathtub.

While the investment in bathtub refinishing may sound more expensive when compared to the cost of buying a new bathtub, one must always factor in the cost of the labor involved. The actual work is what determines the cost, far beyond materials. Just as a $20 part of your car may run you hundreds of dollars in labor to repair or replace, such is the case with bathtub refinishing and replacement.


A common phrase that Al Fernandez, owner of Al’s Bathtub Refinishing, hears from potential customers is, “I can buy a new tub for half that price.” Another one often stated is, “That sure is an expensive price to paint something.” With both of these expressions, the customers have not taken into consideration the amount of work and time involved with refinishing.


The process that Al’s Bathtub Refinishing uses is not merely coating the existing porcelain with paint. The enamel is a highly durable acrylic urethane made to withstand standard bathroom use. It can be compared more to painting an automobile than to painting a wall in your home. Though there are certain restrictions on cleaners that can be used, a refinished bathtub can endure everyday bathing, hot water temperatures and normal cleaning.

Before a bathtub can be refinished, all of its mistreatment and remnants must be addressed. Bathtubs can collect years of soap scum, body oils and cleaner residue trapped beneath the pours of the surface. They can also be subject to deep pitting and staining as a result of the protective coating wearing away.


Before the first coat of enamel can be applied, each bathtub has to be cleaned thoroughly. An etching compound must then be used to etch the tub. After the surface is completely clean, dry and free from debris, the bathtub must be masked off so that no other area beyond the tub is refinished. Finally the enamel is sprayed on several coats giving you a new, glossy finish.

All in all, bathtub refinishing makes the most sense in terms of cost effectiveness. Al’s Bathtub Refinishing also specializes in fiberglass tubs and showers, cultured marble and tile. Call Al’s Bathtub Refinishing for a free estimate at 679-8297, or email alsbathtubrefinishing@gmail.com.

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