Our bathtub used to be a horrible shade of almond, or maybe it was pinkish-beige. Whatever it was, it was not pretty. Since ripping out the whole old tub was not in the budget, we opted for refinishing instead. I hunted through local vendors on Angie’s List (now “Angi.com”), and eventually settled on one with solid reviews.
First the pros: you wind up with a much better looking tub, at a fraction of the cost of ripping out and replacing your tub. The cons: your bathroom and house will smell like spray paint for days, the quality of application varies, the refinished tub chips easily (resulting in ugly glimpses into the tubs past life and color), and ultimately the old tub will still be your old tub.
If it wasn’t for some unevenness in the application, and the fact that we already have several chips from dropping objects onto the tub, I think we would be thrilled with it. However the appearance and durability just don’t match what you would get with a new tub. My personal take is, if you have an ugly color but are not gutting your whole bathroom, then refinishing is great. However if you are doing a full bathroom remodel, and your tub needs help, I would replace the tub outright.
If I have talked you out of refinishing, Vintage Tub & Bath has some great tubs starting at just around $1000. VintageTub.com – Free shipping on ALL products including U.S. and Canada!
If you decide to refinish, you can probably expect to pay roughly $300 plus or minus $100 for a typical job.