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Porcelain Bathtub: Do it Yourself Refinishing

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    LESLIE: And now we’ve got Jim in Indiana who needs some help with a bathroom project. What can we do for you today?

    JIM: I have a ceramic tub that I want to recoat or repaint because it’s really bad-looking and I was wondering if there was a product out there that I could apply to the ceramic that would stick.

    TOM: Well, I mean you can reglaze the tub and there are do-it-yourself products that do that well but I will tell you that it’s not going to last nearly as long as the original tub.

    JIM: (overlapping voices) OK.

    TOM: Think of it as an upgraded paint job.

    JIM: Exactly.

    TOM: Yeah. That’s kind of what you’re up against, John. Now, if you want to have it professionally reglazed, then you’re going to be looking at something that could last you 10 or 20 years. But if you use a do-it-yourself reglazing kit, you’re probably looking at, I don’t know, four or five years before you have to repeat it.

    LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And you have to be really careful about how you apply it because you don’t want to get brush marks; you don’t want to feel an unevenness in the texture of the surface.

    JIM: OK. OK. Yeah, well – yeah, I would – I’m more interested in short-term so before – you know, if I get three or four years out of it, that’d be great.

    TOM: Then I think it’s a good option for you.

    JIM: OK. But I didn’t get the name of the product.

    LESLIE: You know what, Jim? Actually, Rust-Oleum has just come out with a kit that actually comes as an almond base but it’s tintable to like 16 different colors. So if you just do a web search, I’m sure you can find a local vendor in your area that sells that product. And Rust-Oleum makes great products that are super-durable, so it’s worth a shot.

    JIM: OK. That sounds like a winner.

    TOM: Jim, thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. 

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