Can You Cover an Existing Bathtub?

When it comes to your bathroom remodeling project, an ugly bathtub is one of the more complicated issues. It can be costly to replace an entire bathtub. So can you cover an existing bathtub?

Yes, a tub liner made of acrylic or PVC plastic can be glued over the existing tub. Liners are suitable for quick and dirty applications and perfect for bathtubs that are ugly and not damaged.

Below, we will compare getting a tub liner over refinishing and replacing bathtubs.

Option One: Pros and Cons of a Tub Liner

Bathtub liners are great for refinishing or revitalizing your tub without the cost of getting a new one. When it comes to ugly tubs, they can add years to the life of a tub.

A tub liner is an excellent alternative if you’ve got a tub you know isn’t dirty but can’t get rid of numerous stains. Of course, they cannot be suitable for situations where you have damage.

Tub liners are suitable for masking but may mask significant issues with a tub. You’ll also want to be sure there is no moisture or other hidden problems.

Option Two: Bathtub Refinishing

Refinishing a bathtub is a labor-intensive process. Just like liners, the process typically calls for contributions by a professional. You need a respirator and suit for working with the necessary chemicals.

This means you are melting off and removing the top layer. After, the professional sprays on a new layer of porcelain glaze from an epoxy spray.

As you might expect, this takes the most time, but it can be less expensive than some tub liners. If neither of the above options works, you have a third option available.

Option Three: Replacing the Tub

Replacing a bathtub is the most expensive of the three options. First, it takes the most overall labor. Also, it involves you buying an entirely new hunk of porcelain that you need to deliver to your house.

DIYers need to be particularly ambitious to tackle a project of this magnitude. Typically, it’s easier for those who love DIY to start with a shower and not a tub. Still, it isn’t impossible for those who have contracting experience.

Ideally, you’ll want to contact someone who has experience in the matter. You’ll want to be sure that whoever you hire is experienced, especially if you end up moving any plumbing around.

Which of These Three is the Best?

Bathtub refinishing is the best overall, given its potential cost saving. It helps save you money while giving bathtubs a new lease on life. However, liners are better if you don’t have much time or energy on your hands.

Also, if your tub is in desperate need of replacement, it might just be best to skip the whole process. A replacement can breathe new life into your bathroom.

If you need help with your bathroom renovation projects, contact our team of specialists. Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms is here for all of your bathtub replacement and remodeling needs.