Why Should I Refinish My Tub Instead of Replace It?

White tub that is half dirty and half cleanWhat is Bathtub Refinishing?

Also referred to as bathtub resurfacing or reglazing, bathtub refinishing involves returning a worn and/or damaged bathtub to its formerly pristine condition. The process includes a chemical etch around the surface before applying a synthetic glaze, which mimics the look and feel of your natural tub. Homeowners opt to refinish bathtubs primarily for three reasons:


Replacing a bathtub can cost homeowners thousands of dollars and create considerable inconvenience, especially if your home only has one bathroom or the second bathroom does not include a bathtub. Bathtub replacements often require the knocking down of one or more walls to remove the bathtub. You can expect to hire a plumber to perform the project and before the project ends, the plumber will have replaced costly baseboards and floor coverings. Refinishing a bathtub eliminates sticker shock.

Damage Control

Replacing a bathtub not only increases the likelihood of damage to your bathroom, but the process can also cause damage to other parts of your home that you do not immediately notice. For example, the replacement of a bathtub requires twisting off old pipes and screwing on new pipes. The change of water pipes can produce one or more leaks along the path of pipes running from the water source to the end of the bathtub faucet. Water leaks produce a host of problems that include the development of mold and the weakening of wooden support beams.

Much Shorter Project

Whether you replace or refinish a bathtub, you will have to hire a contractor to perform the work. The contractor will need much more time to replace the bathtub than the time it takes to refinish the surface of the bathtub. Bath Magic’s deluxe finish will dry in four hours, meaning you can use your reglazed tub that same day!

View replacing a bathtub as a home improvement project of last resort. In most cases, a more efficient and less costly refinishing job is the answer to your bathtub enhancement needs. If you are interested in refinishing your bathtub, contact Bath Magic! We have been refinishing tubs, sinks, and tile across the Midwest since 1993 and can alter the color of your tub to match your current aesthetic. Bath Magic can be reached by calling 1 (800) 477-8827 or by filling out our online contact form.