Bathtub Reglazing vs. Bathtub Replacement


No matter how hard you clean your bathtub, sooner or later, it is going to require tougher action if you want a continually enjoyable bathing experience.

Over time, you will find that the glaze on your bathtub starts to wear thin. It is important that this does not happen as exposing the cast iron will lead to rust, which in turn causes a health hazard to anyone using the tub. If you notice this happening in your bathtub, it is better to take action sooner rather than later. To this end, you have two options.


If you find that you are particularly attached to your bathtub, particularly anyone lucky enough to own an antique model, then a reglaze will help you keep it around for longer.

  • Pros—You can do the reglazing yourself buy purchasing a kit at your local hardware store. The kit is very inexpensive and easy to do. You can have it repaired in a short time and it will look like it was never chipped
  • Cons—A reglaze is only really going to be a stopgap as the glaze is only painted on and not heat treated as it is when applied in the factory. Depending on the quality of the job, you may experience peeling later down the line, which will not be pleasant. If you do decide to go for reglazing, make sure that the paint covers every part of the bathtub as any gaps allow air to get underneath, which leads to cracks.


  • Pros— A replacement gives you the opportunity to restyle your bathroom as you want, especially if you have the space to freely move the bathtub. One thing to bear in mind is the chance to have a more economical bathtub, which requires less hot water and retains its heat for longer. An adequately insulated bathtub will make sure that every bath time is an enjoyable experience.
  • Cons—You will have to buy a new tub, which can cost anywhere from $300- $6000 depending on the type of tub you want and where you purchase it. You will also have to pay someone to install the tub for you. The labor cost will depend on where you live and how much work is involved in removing the old tub and installing a new one. You will also have to tolerate a big mess as the work is done.

What it basically comes down to is whether or not you want a change. Both a reglaze and a replacement could be a good solution depending on what’s right for you at the time.