How Much Does It Cost to Refinish a Bathtub?

Learn about costs and processes associated with refinishing a bathtub.

Refinishing your bathtub can provide an inexpensive and fast option for updating the appearance of your bathtub. The refinishing process, also known as reglazing, involves the application of a coating mixture over the pre-existing bathtub surface.

Typical Bathtub Refinishing Costs

Professional: The average cost range for professional bathtub refinishing is $40-$50 for materials and $200-$300 for labor for one tub. These rates can vary, depending on where you live and project complexity.

DIY bathtub refinishing kits: About $60-$325. 

What to Expect from the Bathtub Refinishing Process

Materials: The materials needed for bathtub refinishing include a cleaning solution, surface prep substance, sandpaper, caulk, and multiple glaze or paint components.

Timing: Bathtub refinishing typically takes from 4 to 6 hours. The job will require 24-48 hours of drying time before anyone can use the tub. 

Mess: Before applying the glaze to the tub, it’s important to thoroughly clean the area and remove any caulk, coatings, and soap scum. There is minimal mess involved in the actual refinishing process. 

Some of the chemicals used in the bathtub refinishing process have a strong odor. Be sure to use fans in the area during the refinishing process to ensure proper ventilation.

During the painting process, small bubbles will typically appear on the tub surface, but they will disappear once drying begins.

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