Options For Dealing With A Worn-Out Bathtub

Posted on: 3 November 2018

The bathtub should be a place where you feel relaxed and at ease. It's hard to feel relaxed if your bathtub looks old and worn out. Thankfully, you have a couple of options when it comes to dealing with a worn-out bathtub. Here's a look at the most common ones.


If your tub was made more than 40 years ago, it is probably made from cast iron. Tubs made from cast iron are very heavy and hard to remove from a home, so your best bet is usually having them refinished. In this case, you would have the tub reglazed with new enamel paint. There are companies that perform this specific service, often for a few hundred dollars.

It will take them a few hours to reglaze the tub, and then you'll have to avoid using it for two or three days so it can dry. You can reglaze the tub in the same or a different color than it is currently, which makes reglazing a good choice if you're remodeling a bathroom and want to create a new color scheme.

One downside to reglazing is that it can't be performed in humid environments. If you live in a humid area and do not have air conditioning or a dehumidifier, this may not be a viable option for dealing with your worn out tub.

Tub Lining

Another option that works well for expensive metal tubs is to have a tub liner inserted. The liner sits on top of the existing finish, forming a new shell around the tub. Tub liners work well if you live in a humid area and cannot get the tub reglazed. They also work well on tubs that have already been reglazed but are now worn once again. Expect a tub repair company to spend about a day installing a new liner. 

The downside to tub lining is that the liner must be applied very carefully for good results. If you have a less-than-reputable contractor install the liner, it may peel away within a year or two.


Of course, you could just have the tub removed and replaced with a new one. This is often the most costly option, but it does allow you to relocate your tub if you desire. Installing a new tub does take longer than having the tub refinished, however. If you are the DIY sort, you'll have better luck replacing the tub than refinishing it.

For more information, contact a company like Carefree Koatings.