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 (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. 


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


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

Bathtub Refinishing Kits





Homax Brush-on Tub and Tile Epoxy Paint is a 3 step process. Buy on Amazon. 


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:

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.

Zephyr on Sep 05, 2013:

Throw a pretty rubber mat in the tub.

Krystal on Sep 05, 2013:

I refinished mine two months ago. This is all I am going to say about it. If you have well water (like I do) or a spouse with a dirty job (like I do), it really does not matter. My tub looked amazing for like two weeks, then the well water started to restain the tub, and my husband's work dirt has added to it. So it is slowly turning orange all over again. I can only keep it slightly clean with kaboom spray. nothing else will even get the dirt off the refinish. I would either get it done by a pro, or just replace the tub.

Anonymous on Sep 04, 2013:

agree 105% with Starla above - live in an apartment with a freshly (before we moved in) refinished tub and it's a disaster to clean. literally nothing gets it shiny except magic erasers, which damage it.  it's peeling and bubbly, and in theory was done by pros.  cheaper in the long run to pay the $200 for a new tub. even a cheap tub is better than refinishing.

Marcia B on Sep 04, 2013:

Don't do it yourself!! It will run and fisheye.  WHen you have to have a professional in to redo your mess, it will cost more because you tried to save a buck!

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