Tuesday, June 26, 2007

How much is too much for a refurbished claw foot tub?

Sharon from Cleveland Ohio is refurbishing an original claw foot tub. She is having the whole tub resurfaced (the inside, outside, and the feet of the tub) and also painted aqua. She is being charged $575 for the refurbishing.

Here are a few questions she has:

1. Are not all colors equal aside from the standard white? He told me that any color in the green range is more expensive/difficult to deal with. Is that right?
2. I read on another site that you should wax your tub with car wax to seal the surface. Is that right?
3. I'm not sure if I should be concerned about the tile under the tub.Will tile crack at the points the feet contact with? It has yet to be purchased and installed- is there anything special we need to do?

Allan, our CMO and Senior Plumbing Evangelist has this to say in response to Sharon's questions:

1. I am uncertain if green colors are more expensive than ordinary colors.I just don't know. I have never heard of that before but I am not a paint expert. $575 seems to be a fair charge for the job if it is done right and comes with a warranty. We used to give 5 year warranties with our refinished tubs.

2. As for waxing, I would caution against waxing the inside of your tub for obvious safety reasons. The outside can be waxed if you want a deep exterior shine. You want to be very careful with taking care of the interior of your refinished tub. Even using a floor mat with suction cups can pull the refinished paint from the primer when you lift it from the floor of the tub.

3. Tile cracking is a concern and I would recommend our tub coasters to even out the weight distribution of the tub against your floor. The coasters will not guarantee that the tile will not crack but it will sure reduce the odds of it happening.

tub coaster

Good luck with your tub refinishing and feel free to send us a picture of the tub when it is all done and installed!