Clawfoot Tubs

Resurfacing The Clawfoot Tub

So, you made your way here because you’re thinking about resurfacing a clawfoot tub. But like many people, you aren’t certain if anyone can actually accomplish the task. Since we’re talking about an old-style cast-iron bathtub, and since they don’t make them anymore you have to wonder if it’s even possible.

Well, instead of keeping up the suspense, I’d like to mention that it’s very possible to resurface a cast-iron tub. As a matter of fact, people do it all the time and sell vintage bathtubs for a very high price.

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If you resurface your clawfoot tub, you will have a beautiful vintage bathtub that’s worth a lot of money in many cases. I can’t guarantee that your bathtub fetches a king’s ransom, but I can say that you’ll have a nice antique on your hands that could potentially fetch a pretty penny if you put it for sale.

But that’s not what you’re thinking about. You just want your bathtub to look beautiful once again. And I totally respect that, so let’s look at some of the ways that you can go about refinishing a clawfoot tub at this time.

Refinishing the Tub While Still Connected and in Your Bathroom

Yes, in some cases you’ll be able to refinish your clawfoot bathtub right in your home. But there are other times when it won’t be possible to keep the tub in the home and refinish it properly. If that ends up being the case, then the contractor can take other measures to refinish the surface and make you a happy camper.

Getting back to our story…

If the handyman has room to do his or her work, then they can go through the entire process of clawfoot tub refinishing right in your bathroom.

The handyman will have to start by sanding the bathtub and thoroughly cleaning it of all dirt, dust and debris. They must remove all of the soap scum and mildew as well.

At this point, we are in the opening stage of the process. And it’s the best way to begin bathtub resurfacing.

Next, the handyman will need to put three coats of polyurethane acrylic onto the tub in order to properly refinish it. We find ourselves at a crucial stage for the overall success of the bathtub refinishing.

Basically, the mechanic needs to apply each coat, and then sand it after it dries, and apply each new coat until he completes the three stages. Once the handyman applies the three coats, then you’ll need to wait a total of four or five hours for the entire clawfoot tub to dry.

That doesn’t seem like such a difficult process, does it? I’ve seen this done numerous times and every time it’s been a smashing success. It’s great to see a rundown clawfoot tub come back to life. That’s exactly what you’ll be doing when you resurface your old cast-iron tub.

The investment is worth it, and you’ll truly appreciate the beauty and splendor of your cast-iron tub once it has the beautiful shine and new paint giving your bathroom a whole new look and feel.

But what happens if the mechanic cannot resurface the bathtub in your home? Let’s take a look and see what they’ll need to do…

Can a Handyman Refinish My Clawfoot Tub outside of My Home?

Of course a handyman can refinish a clawfoot tub outside of your home. It’s a simple procedure, and I’ve explained the entire steps of the process above.

There is only one major difference…

Instead of working inside your home, the handyman will remove the clawfoot tub and bring it back to his shop. Once he has it in the shop, he can proceed to do the work and resurface the bathtub. He’ll have it looking beautiful, shiny and feeling brand-new in no time at all.

Here’s what you need to think about in this scenario…

If the handyman needs to take the bathtub out of your home, it may cost more money to complete the job. There may end up being carpentry work involved, and transporting the clawfoot tub back and forth from your home will end up factored into the price.

I’m not saying that it will cost a small fortune. But I just want to warn you that it will end up costing you a couple of extra bucks.

That’s all I have to say about that.

Final Thoughts

Remember, resurfacing a clawfoot tub can act as an investment. If you ever sell your house one day, and a potential buyer sees the beautiful resurfaced cast-iron tub in your bathroom, they may immediately fall in love. It will raise the value of your property and help sell your home all at the same time.

Don’t hesitate to resurface your clawfoot tub. You’ll truly appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty.

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