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The Pros and Cons of Bathtub Refinishing


If you're not sure if you should reglaze or replace your bathtub, we'll take a look at what the pros and cons of each option are and how to decide which one makes the most sense for your situation. Read on to find out more!


Bathtub reglazing, also known as resurfacing or refinishing, is a purely cosmetic repair. It gets rid of small surface imperfections and makes your tub look like new again.

A professional bathtub repair expert will start by sanding down the surface of the tub. This removes any light scratches or stains. After that, they’ll fill in any remaining cracks or chips. Then they’ll cover the tub in a coat of primer and paint. They may have to add multiple coats, depending on your tub.


If you're not sure if you should reglaze or replace your tub, we'll take a look at some of the pros and cons of each option.


Reglazing Pros:

  • Less expensive than replacement

  • Maintains original character of tub

  • Can make bathroom appear brighter and lighter

  • Lasts for up to 10 years on average

  • Easier and less expensive to repair than replacing the tub


When it comes to tub resurfacing, there are also a few drawbacks. For example, a refinished bathtub:

  • Can become worn over time: A reglazed tub will start to show wear eventually, usually after 10 to 15 years.

  • Won’t last as long as a new tub: Though 10 to 15 years is impressive, a refinished tub won’t hold up as long as a brand new one.

  • Involves the use of harsh chemicals: Reglazing a bathtub can expose you and others to harmful fumes. Be sure to wear a mask at all times and ventilate the room while you’re working.

If after reading this article, you're still not sure if you should reglaze or replace your tub, take a look at this F.A.Q. article for more information. It may help answer some of your questions so you can make an informed decision.


In this article we covered:


  1. What are the pros and cons of bathtub reglazing?

  2. Bathtub Reglazing Pros:

  • Less expensive than replacement.

  • Maintains original character of tub.

  • Can make bathroom appear brighter and lighter.

3. Bathtub Reglazing Cons:

  • Won’t last as long as a new tub (10 to 15 years).

  • Involves the use of harsh chemicals.



Bathtub refinishing is a worthwhile investment if you have an otherwise good-working bathtub. The reglazing process can remove surface imperfections, like scratches, shallow cracks and stains that may not be as noticeable to the naked eye. This service will provide your tub with a new lease on life and make it feel like brand new! Contact Anew Surface for your resurfacing needs today; we’ll help keep your bathroom looking its best without breaking the bank.


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