A properly refinished bathtub should definitely not look painted. If your tub looks painted, it probably was. A professional refinishing job should leave your bathtub looking smooth, shiny, and like brand new.
How long will a refinished bathtub last?
A newly refinished tub should last roughly three to five years, while a re-glazed tub’s life expectancy can be 12-15 years or more. All of these estimates are based on standard usage and regular cleaning and maintenance of the tub.
Does bathtub refinishing fix cracks and chips?
For minor tub cracks and chips, a basic refinishing is an effective and efficient remedy. But deep chips or cracks that may affect the integrity of the tub need additional care, such as fillings or even replacement. Consult a professional to determine the extent of your tub’s repair needs.
How long does a bathtub refinishing take to complete?
Depending on your tub’s condition, a standard in-house refinishing should take two to five hours. Factoring in time for the tub to dry, expect at least a day, perhaps two, for the entire process to be complete before you can use the tub. Re-glazing will take days or even weeks. If your tub has damage, excessive wear, or has been refinished before, the process can take longer. A contractor can give you more precise estimates.
Is bathtub refinishing the same as re-glazing?
Re-glazing is a specific method of bathtub refinishing, but it’s an involved process that usually requires the services of a professional glazer. Re-glazing requires a furnace to melt the glaze onto the tub’s surface, so it cannot be done in-house. The tub must be removed from the house and shipped to a glazer, making it a laborious and expensive process. It is the process used in most original bathtub finishes.