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 clawfoot tub feet, as well as painting the tub aqua. She is being charged $575 for the refurbishing.

Here are a few questions Sharon has, and the answers provided by Allan, our CMO and Senior Plumbing Evangelist.

Q: Aren't all colors equal aside from the standard white? I was told that any color in the green range is more expensive/difficult to deal with. Is that right?
A: I am uncertain if green colors are more expensive than ordinary colors. I have never heard of that before but I am not a paint expert. $575 seems to be a fair price for the job if it's done right and comes with a warranty. We used to give 5-year warranties with our refinished tubs.

Q: I read on another site that you should wax your tub with car wax to seal the surface. Is that right?
A: 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. 
Clawfoot Tub Coasters

Q: I'm not sure if I should be concerned about the tile under the tub. Will the tile crack under the clawfoot tub feet? It has yet to be purchased and installed- is there anything special we need to do?
A: Tile cracking is a concern and I would recommend clawfoot tub coasters, which will 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 reduce the odds of it happening.

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

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