How Much Does Bathtub Refinishing Cost?

A beat up old bathtub can make a bathroom look dirty and unsightly. Having a bathtub refinished or installing a bathtub liner can make a bathroom look fresh and new, and is much cheaper than replacing the tub itself. With proper care, a refinished bathtub should look good for about ten years. Bathtub refinishing cost varies from $20-$4000. The average cost of bathtub refinishing done by a professional is $450-$550; however bathtub refinishing cost by a company can be as low as $150 to as high as $600. Bathtub liners cost more than bathtub refinishing when done by a professional; however, bathtub liners tend to last longer than bathtub refinishing does. The cost of bathtub liners ranges from $500-$4000. Bathtub liner cost varies per location, the brand and style of the bathtub liner and if homeowners install it themselves or hire someone to install it for them. The cheapest cost tub refinishing is done with a do it yourself bathtub refinishing kit. The cost of bathtub refinishing kits ranges from $20-$200. However, bathtub refinish kits usually do not produce the quality of tub refinishing that a professional does, and many homeowners are disappointed with the results.

Bathtub Refinishing Products

There are numerous bathtub refinishing products on the market. There are bathtub refinishing kits, paints, painting accessory kits, paint sprayers and bathtub liners. The average cost of a bathtub refinishing kit is $20-$200. The average cost of bathtub refinishing paint is $50-$70, the average cost of a bathtub liner is $500-$1000 and the average cost of a bathtub paint sprayer is $100-$200.

Bathtub Refinishing Paint

Bathtub refinishing paint can be rolled or brushed on.

This paint is available in a variety of colors, high gloss finishes and most varieties are lead free and dry quickly. The average cost of bathtub refinishing paint is $50-$70 for enough paint to refinish one average size bathtub. The average cost of refinishing paint is around $30-$40 for enough paint to refinish the bottom of an average size bathtub. A tub refinishing paint application kit costs around $20-$30. Bathtub refinishing paint is also available in spray paint; however, bathtub spray paint is only recommended for people who have a lot of spray painting experience.

Bathtub Refinishing Kits

The cost of bathtub finishing kits ranges from $20-$200; however, there are a lot of customer complaints on kits that cost less than $100. Bathtub refinishing kits are available in a variety of colors, but some homeowners have difficulties finding a kit to match their bathtub. Most DIY kits do not include the tools and equipment needed to refinish the bathtub. The cost of bathtub refinishing tools and equipment can range from $20-$200.

Cast Iron Bathtub Refinishing

Bathtub refinishing cost for a cast iron bathtub by a professional is $300-$1000; however, the average cost of bathtub refinishing for a cast iron bathtub is $400-$500. Refinishing cost for a cast iron bathtub varies per location, company and the size of the bathtub.

Fiberglass Bathtub Refinishing

Bathtub refinishing cost for a fiberglass bathtub by a professional is $150-$500; however, the average cost of bathtub refinishing for a fiberglass bathtub is $300-$400. The cost of refinishing a fiberglass bathtub varies per location, company and the size of the bathtub. Bathtub refinishing cost for a fiberglass bathtub is usually less for white/off-white bathtubs than colored bathtubs.

Clawfoot Bathtub Refinishing

Clawfoot bathtubs were originally made of cast iron and were lined with porcelain.Today, clawfoot tubs are available in fiberglass and acrylic.  The cost of refinishing a clawfoot bathtub is affected by what the bathtub is made from; generally, bathtub refinishing costs are more for older cast iron bathtubs than newer fiberglass and acrylic clawfoot bathtubs. The cost of refinishing a clawfoot bathtub ranges from $300-$1000. Average refinishing cost of a fiberglass or acrylic claw foot bathtub is $300-$400. Average refinishing cost of a cast iron/porcelain claw foot bathtub is $400-$500. 

Today, clawfoot tubs are available in fiberglass and acrylic.  The cost of refinishing a clawfoot bathtub is affected by what the bathtub is made from; generally, bathtub refinishing costs are more for older cast iron bathtubs than newer fiberglass and acrylic clawfoot bathtubs. The cost of refinishing a clawfoot bathtub ranges from $300-$1000. Average refinishing cost of a fiberglass or acrylic claw foot bathtub is $300-$400. Average refinishing cost of a cast iron/porcelain claw foot bathtub is $400-$500. 

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DIY Bathtub Refinishing

The cost of do it yourself bathtub refinishing is less than the cost of refinishing done by a professional or the cost of a bathtub liner installed by a professional. However, do it yourself bathtub refinishing is very difficult and hard for inexperienced homeowners to do themselves. DIY refinishing can save homeowners hundreds or even thousands of dollars on bathtub refinishing costs. A DIY bathtub refinishing kit costs $20-$200 or if just refinishing paint is needed costs range around $50-$70. However, DIY refinishing kits and paint do not come with the tools and equipment needed to refinish the bathtub. The cost of bathtub refinishing tools and equipment can range from $20-$200. To get the best DIY bathtub finish possible, homeowners are best to use a paint sprayer instead of a brush and/or roller. A basic paint sprayer for bathtub refinishing is $100-$200. Refinishing with a paint sprayer can be hard for an inexperienced person to do correctly.

DIY bathtub refinishing can be done using a bathtub liner instead of paints and kits. Do it yourself bathtub liners cost more than DIY refinishing kits or refinishing paint; however, DIY bathtub liners cost far less than bathtub liners cost when installed by a professional. DIY bathtub liners cost $500-$1000, while the cost of bathtub liners installed by a professional is $3000-$4000.

Bathtub Liners Vs. Refinishing

Bathtub liners cost more than refinishing a bathtub costs. However, a bathtub liner usually lasts 2-10 years longer than bathtub refinishing does. Average bathtub refinishing cost when it is done by the homeowner is $150-$300, while the average cost when it is done by a professional is around $400-$500. The average cost of bathtub liners when installed by the homeowner is $500-$1000, while the average cost of a bathtub liner installed by a professional is $3000-$4000.

 

 

Bathtub Liners Cost

Bathtub liners are a great way to make an old beat up bathtub looks new again. Bathtub liners are usually made of PVC or acrylic and fit over the existing tub. Bathtub liners usually come in one solid piece, which saves on grout and makes cleaning easier. When properly cared for, a bathtub liner lasts 12-20 years. Bathtub liners are available in a wide variety of colors and designs, and are usually only about a ¼ inch thick so they barely reduce the size of the bathtub when installed.

The cost of bathtub liners varies from $500-$4000. The cost of bathtub liners varies per location, the brand and style of bathtub liner, and if homeowners install it themselves or hire a professional to install it for them. Bathtub liners cost $500-$1000 when homeowners install them themselves. However, installing a bathtub liner can be very difficult, especially for the inexperienced. An improperly installed bathtub liner can cause leaks, cracks and a buildup of mold between the bathtub and the bathtub liner. Bathtub liners are difficult to repair if they crack. The cost of a bathtub liner installed by a professional ranges from $2000-$5000; however, average bathtub liner cost when installed by a professional is around $3000-$4000. The cost of having a bathtub liner installed by a professional can be over $5000 if the bathtub is an unusual size or shape, or if the bathtub plumbing needs to be changed or adjusted to accommodate the bathtub liner.