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Do DIY Bathtub Refinishing Kits Really Work?

Bathtub Refinishing Kits

I've seen professionally refinished tubs that look brand new. The process costs less than removing and replacing existing tubs, but it's still not inexpensive. There are DIY alternatives out there that LOOK like they work, but do they?? I've rounded up a few of the more popular bathtub refinishing kits.  Take a look and weigh in to the discussion. Have you DIYed a tub makeover? What product did you use? How's the finish holding up?

 
Armorpoxy
Armorpoxy (buy on Amazon) has a great name, plus they claim to be 'commercial' grade. The kit even comes with a sprayer. The most expensive at $99 plus shipping, it looks promising. 
ArmorProxy Bathtub Refinishing Kits

BathWorks

Bathworks makes using their DIY Bathtub Refinishing Kit look mighty tempting. (Buy from your local HomeDepot for $89)

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Rust-Oleum 

I'm a big Rust-Oleum fan, and their Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit (buy on Amazondoes get very good reviews. The pink tub above was transformed to the one below. 

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Homax

Bathtub Refinishing Kits

AquaFinish 

The AquaFinish kit ($89 + $10 s&h) includes enough for 2 to 3 coats, two foam rollers, a tray and a brush, sandpaper and a tack cloth. 
 
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Mark on Oct 09, 2015:

Use the promo code curbly2015oct and receive 20% off your order of Klenks at swingpaints.com during October 2015.
Thanks for your support.


Greg on Oct 01, 2015:

Used the Klenk product. Followed the instructions verbatim. But about 2 years later, starting to peel on the side of the tub. Going to try to see if I can repair it. 


Kim on Aug 31, 2015:

@huan - thank you - I'll try it!!! :)


huan on Aug 28, 2015:

Try heat gun . Tested on small area 3-4 min, touch after 30 min


Kim on Aug 28, 2015:

Help! I did my countertop 3 weeks ago (used Homax paint on Sink and Tile) and it is still not all the way cured! Does anyone have any tips? Does it just take longer? Do I put fans on it? Heaters? I very much do not want to have to strip it or hire someone, so please, someone, if you have any ideas or experience, please let me know :) Thank you!


huan on Aug 25, 2015:

forget website www.liquidtubliners.com


huan on Aug 25, 2015:

Where is a puoring application DIY Kit from Liquid tub liners? I use it 1 time. For application I'm not use any brush, roll or spray.


pierre on Apr 23, 2015:

Good luck Michelle with your refinishing project.
You should be fine,just be sure to prepare the surface well before applying the paint.And try not to breath the fumes!


Michele Smith on Apr 23, 2015:

Thank you for the great post. I live in the Sacramento area and have opted to refinish my bathtub on my own. Glad to know the process works. 


Michele Smith on Mar 31, 2015:

Thank you for the post. Do you recommend DIY or hiring a professional for Sacramento bathtub refinishing? I am on the fence. Thank you! 


Pete on Mar 05, 2015:

I overhauled a clawfoot tub with the Klenk epoxy kit.It's been at least 5 years and the finish is still like new.
The trick is to follow the instructions to the T,prep is everything and I did put on about 5 coats making sure that each coat had the time to cure.Also do not use any chemical products to clean it,just towel dry the tub after each use.That's what I've been doing and it's still like new.
If possible take the tub outdoors for refinishing and wear a breathing mask,the fumes are harmful.Patience!


Rob Grant on Feb 12, 2015:

Thank you for all the input, considering your results I think I'll call a local reglazer rather than going the DIY route!  Cheers!


Michele Smith on Dec 16, 2014:

Thank you for the great post on bathtub refinishing products. I have been looking at options in the Sacramento area. 


fredric on Dec 16, 2014:

Our tub looked much nicer after using rustoleum's tub and tile kit. If you looked closely you could see flaws but not bad. It was great for a few months then we noticed a chip. Now the entire bottom of our tub is chipping off and looks horrible.


Anonymous on Aug 07, 2014:

I used the Klenk's kit to refinish a shower basin.  It looked good at first, but it's been a year and the colour has started to yellow(it was white) and it is starting to chip off.  I will now have to redo it or get a new shower basin.


jon on Jul 12, 2014:

I spent a lot of time in prep work and used the "Magic" brand system from Home Depot.  It is a 2 part spray system.  It lasted a little over a year and is now peeling big time.  It will require a redo which will not be easy as we now have a surround installed.

 


Kara on Jun 11, 2014:

We used rustoleum tub and tile on our old pink bathtub. It was very hard to get it smooth and there were a few drips left behind. It looked better than what we had for a month or so, then the bottom of the tub began bubbling and peeling. Anytime something got dropped it would chip the finish. On the sides where it was harder to get a smooth finish, soap scum and divert would collect leaving it always looking dirty. I would advise against it.


Lukas on Apr 02, 2014:

I refinished my bath in this way and it really worked :) Thank you :) But I also have to change floor of my bathroom, so I need a suggestion :) Is it possible to lay down this type of flooring- <a href="http://www.omnistata.lt/Epoksidines-grindu-dangos-837.html">Epoksidin?s grindys</a> ? Thank you in advance for your answer :)


Anonymous on Sep 15, 2013:

For an advanced diy'er Klenk's epoxy enamel kit can do wonders. You must follow the directions carefully and don't cheap out...buy the prep kit too. This product has been around for a long time. I refinished a claw foot 15 years ago in my folk's house and it is still holding up well. I just recently refinished a standard metal tub in my house and am thrilled with the results. You have to be careful about certain bath products that contain lots of colour as it could stain, but if you are aware of that, it should be fine. For $50-$60, some patience, the right tools and a good eye you can end up with a remarkable transformation. The 'fisheye' problem can be resolved with a $7 solution or avoided altogether with a proper and thorough cleaning and prep. Once finished give it lots of time to cure before using the tub. http://www.swingpaints.com/8100_8199us_can.htm


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