Asked on Dec 8, 2019

How do I repaint/reglaze a bathtub?

The Bachelorette Pad FlipDeb KLifestyles Homes


I attempted the repaint /reglaze a bathtub using rustoleum tub and tile spray. I followed the directions and resulted in a very rough gritty finish. How can I fix this? Should I sand or buff smooth and use a roll on kit? What's the best kit?

6 answers
  • It sounds like the tub may not have been cleaned enough before applying the new finish or dust from sanding got trapped in the paint. You may want to contact a professional tub refinisher to see what they recommend, but it sounds like it will need to be redone.

  • Vickymcreations
    on Dec 8, 2019

    It night be worth contacting rustoleum to see what suggestions they have?

  • SawHorse Design Build
    SawHorse Design Build
    on Dec 8, 2019

    As a general contractor we have seen mixed results with re-glazing so do offer it with caution. A new cast iron tub can last 50-100 years if properly maintained. A re-glazed tub may start to fail within the first year due to use and care. You also need make sure water does not sit for a long time around the drain or the rust can come through. You also have to be careful to not use overly abrasive cleaners or it can weaken the finish. If you don't use the tub that often the DIY version might be okay, if you don't want to replace the tub but it will get heavy use, I would recommend a company that specialized in re-glazing for a better finish.

    • Over the years I have had many a tub professionally reglazed with excellent results. Had the one done in my mom's house back in 2007. Receives daily use and still looks brand new today. Granted it is an adult only household. And I have exemplary contractors as well. That does make a difference.

  • Lifestyles Homes
    Lifestyles Homes
    on Dec 8, 2019

    Yes, contact Rustoleum.

    Ask them how to remove it, as you don’t want to damage the tub itself.

    If you hire a pro, make sure they guarantee their work, not only against defects, but also for durability.

    I had my 2-person Jacuzzi professionally re-coated by a Jacuzzi factory-certified company and it had a drip in the finish!

  • Deb K
    Deb K
    on Dec 8, 2019

    Hi Kelly, you could try lightly sanding, clean it well and apply one more coat. Or you could call someone in to re glaze it, and lastly, you could call in the Bathfitter, you put an acrylic overlay right over your old tub, pricey but worth it

  • The Bachelorette Pad Flip
    The Bachelorette Pad Flip
    on Dec 12, 2019

    Never DIY it if you want it to last. Here's how I reglazed one:

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