8 Steps for the Perfect DIY Bathtub Refinish

DIY Bathtub Refinish | A1 Reglazing

There are many reasons homeowners decide to keep their old porcelain tubs, even when they are hard to clean and have stains. One reason is that the tubs are often deeper and more solid than a new tub made of cheap steel. Another reason is that they may not want to damage the tile around their tub when they remove, making it necessary to replace that, too, and adding more cost.

Instead of replacing the tub, some homeowners decide to refinish their tub on their own, especially if they are DIY types who are looking to save some money rather than hiring a professional reglazing company.

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Time For a New Bathroom: Design Ideas That Provide Style Without a Huge Cost

How to Create a New Bathroom While Staying in Budget | A1 ReglazingEven though there’s some money set aside for remodeling the master bathroom, you can’t spend the cash with abandon. One way to stretch those dollars is to make some enhancements to the elements you already have in the space. Here are some suggestions that you can use to transform it into a new bathroom and still keep within your budget.

Dealing With an Older Tub

The bathroom currently sports a beautiful cast iron clawfoot tub. While it’s true that the finish is wearing a little thin in places, you really don’t want to get rid of it. After all, you’ve had plenty of relaxing soaks after those rough days at work.

Still, you would like to add a shower to the space. Wouldn’t the tub have to go in order to make room for a stall? Actually, a contractor can show you an easy trick so you can have your soak and still shower when you want.

All you will really need to do is invest in having the tub refinished. That takes care of the worn spots and also gives you the chance to change the color if you like. Consider using one color for the inside and for the lip. The body can sport another color that you plan on using in the space.

For the shower aspect, the contractor can outfit the tub with the right type of hardware to create a shower. That includes a shower head that is mounted above the tub and operated by the hardware near the spigot. Add a suspended frame for a shower curtain and you enjoy a bubble bath or take a quick shower, whichever you prefer. This creates the look of a new bathroom and new tub, while keeping a budget.

How About the Lavatory and the Toilet?

Take a good look at the condition of the lavatory and the toilet. Are they still in good shape? Do you like the size and the style of both? If so, why replace them? You can have these elements refinished to match the new color scheme used for the tub. That helps add visual unity to the space and gives you some idea of what other colors you can introduce.

Doing Something with the Tile

The wall and floor tiles do have a few minor flaws, but overall they are in good shape. Since you like the size and the style, why not change the color. It’s simply enough to have a professional come in and refinish the surfaces and provide any color you want. Choose something that will continue the theme you’ve already started with the tub, toilet, and lavatory.

How About the Rest of the Walls?

If your bathroom walls are not completely covered with tiles, you do need to come up with a solution for the painted surfaces. One approach is to pick a third color that works with what you’ve already settled on for the tile and the other major elements. You could also consider investing in some type of vinyl wall covering to add a pattern to the solid colors you are using in the space. Make sure the pattern does pick up on those other colors and there will be no trouble creating the unified look you want.

Finish the Job with Some New Fixtures and Hardware

Consider changing out the taps on the lavatory, the door pulls on the cabinetry, and even the knobs on the bathroom door. Make sure they are functional as well as decorative. Nothing is gained by installing something that looks great but is hard to use.

Remember that before you make any changes to the space, talk with a professional and work out the details for the renovation. That makes it easier to address each change in a logical manner, and will stretch your budget a little further.


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Bathroom Remodeling: What to Expect During Bathroom Reglazing

Bathroom Remodeling: What to Expect During Bathroom Reglazing | A1 ReglazingBathrooms remodels are always fun since the smaller space means that even the simplest of changes will make a dramatic impact. While a fresh coat of paint will go a long way toward making your bathroom look better, there always comes a point when you have to take a good long look at your bathtub and shower and decide if it is time to invest in an expensive and lengthy replacement. Fortunately, you do have an alternative with bathroom reglazing, which provides long lasting results that transform your bathroom into a relaxing oasis.

Identify Your Needs

It is important to begin by fully assessing your bathroom space. As you do so, look for the following problems that can be repaired by bathroom reglazing.

• Discoloration
• Outdated color scheme
• Chips
• Scratches
• Dull finish

As you inspect your bathroom, keep in mind that many people discover that having their shower reglazed often makes the other areas of their bathroom look older. For this reason, it may be necessary to have your sinks and other fixtures re-finished so that everything looks brand new.

Schedule Your Estimate

Once you have an idea of what you need to have re-finished, you will be ready to schedule an estimate. During this visit, a professional will look over your bathroom to make sure it is ready for refinishing. For example, it is critical for the materials used in bathroom reglazing to remain dry for a short time after the procedure so you will need to have things like leaky faucets repaired. Once they have measured your shower and looked at the materials, they will provide you with an estimate so you will know exactly how it will factor into your budget.

Prepare for the Process

One of the best things about shower reglazing is that there is very little prep work involved for the homeowner. In fact, you can use the shower right before they get there if you want. Usually, you will need to remove any personal products from the area being reglazed, and you should be prepared to use another bathroom if you must shower within the next 24-hours since it does require some time to cure. During the actual reglazing, a professional will use special cleaners to remove any hard water deposits and dirt so you do not even have to worry about cleaning.

Know How It’s Done

Once the surface of your shower has been cleaned, it will also be sanded to further remove any debris and smooth out any damage such as scratches. Next, an etching agent will be used to make sure that the refinishing coats will fully bond to the surface. Finally, multiple coats of fiberglass or acrylic finishing will be applied to your shower to give it that beautiful high gloss finish. Throughout the entire process, your bathroom will be professionally ventilated so that you never have to worry about fumes or chemicals in the rest of your house.

When a shower is reglazed properly, it can last for up to 20 years. Your new finish will also require the same level of maintenance as your original shower. Simply make sure to clean it regularly, repair any leaky fixtures and avoid dropping heavy objects on the surface. With proper care, you can enjoy your new bathroom update while relaxing in a glossy shower that offers the ultimate luxury.


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Bathroom Remodel Ideas: How to Have a Spa Bathroom for Less

bathroom remodelContemporary spa-like bathrooms are the newest trend in home remodeling at the current moment and it is no wonder. These luxurious bathrooms offer the ultimate in relaxation. With features such as dramatic soaker tubs, heated floors, custom lighting, skylight, they are the perfect tranquil setting to help you relax after a long day at work. The only drawback to a spa-like bathroom retreat is the cost. For a lot of homeowners, these features are out of reach. Fortunately, you can give your bathroom the rejuvenating feel of a spa with these cost-effective ideas.

Repaint Your Walls and Cabinets With a Spa-Like Color Palette

Nature-inspired colors, such as green, gray and brown provide a spa-like feeling. These colors are calming. A soothing blue-green scheme can be used to create a relaxing ambience in your bathroom. Use a light green color to transform your bathroom into a tropical paradise. This Earthy, organic color will help your bathroom feel like a spa day in Bali. If you have a window, add some tropical plants. Tropical greenery, such orchards, will invoke the image of lush foliage.

Update Your Lighting

Create tranquility and serenity with dimmer lights. Dimmer lights can transform your bathroom into a relaxing oasis. With the help of a dimmer, you can soften your lighting and get the spa-like feel when you need a soothing soak in the tub. Hang pendants above the bathroom vanity to provide warmth that is perfect for a spa setting. Use cove lighting in the ceiling to set the mood for a relaxing shower.

Install a Massaging Shower Head

A massaging shower head is a very budget-friendly update that will help satisfy your relaxation needs. A massaging or a rain showerhead will help give your bathroom a spa feel and look as well as provide a relaxing shower experience. This is a DIY job perfect for the weekend. All that is needed is a wrench and 10 minutes to install the showerhead.

Add Some Nice Smells

Adding some nice smells to your bathroom can help turn it into a place for relaxation. Peppermint-scented soaps, lavender and jasmine lotions, coconut shampoos and other spa-like smells are a nice touch for any spa bathroom. The addition of fragrance sticks, scented diffusers or scented candles are also great for a luxurious spa-like experience. The soft glow of a candlelight will give your bathroom a relaxed feel.

Transform Your Bathtub With Reglazing

Is your bathtub rusted, chipped or unattractive? An ugly bathtub makes it impossible to create a relaxing spa-like bathroom. Instead of getting rid of the bathtub, give new life to it with reglazing. You can hire a professional refinishing company to reglaze your bathtub at a fraction of the cost of a new one. Reglazing will make your bathtub look brand new again. In addition, this process does not take long. You can usually use your bathtub within a day or two.

You can have a bathroom with amenities on par with your favorite spa by making just simple changes. Using the above tips will help you turn your bathroom into an oasis without the spa price tag.


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Bathtub Repairs Before Moving Into a New Home

Bathtub Repairs When Moving Into A New House | A1 ReglazingWhen you are moving into an older home with an ugly bathtub in its bathroom, you do not need to spend thousands of dollars buying a new fixture to have it installed by plumbers. Today, reglazing is the best way to repair a bathtub’s surface to make it look brand-new. You can hire a technician with the expertise to repair the scratches and dents on a bathtub in only a few hours, and within two days the fixture is ready to use for baths and showers. It is also possible to change the color of a bathtub with a dyeing process that can cover old-fashioned colors such as dark green, gold or blue. Bathtub repairs are necessary when moving into a home with old outdated bathrooms.

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Reglazing and Refinishing: Bathroom Restoration

Bathroom Restoration Options | A1 ReglazingReglazing is Economical

If your home’s bathroom is looking worn and tacky, then it is time to upgrade and complete a bathroom restoration project with professional reglazing. Reglazing is an economical way to improve the appearance of bathtubs, sinks and shower stalls. While renovating a bathroom with new plumbing fixtures can require a complete tear out of drywall, tiles and water pipes, refinishing is a quick process that requires less time. Reglazing is also a less expensive process than a complete remodel with new fixtures.
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Bathtub Re-glazing: Why You Should Resurface Your Tub

Bathtub Re-glazing | A1 ReglazingIs the color of your bathtub out of date? Is your tub worn out, damaged or simply just hard to clean? If you answered yes to at least one of these, then you should consider bathtub re-glazing. Re-glazing your bathtub can save you a lot of money and avoid the tedious, messy process of demolition and replacement. The National Kitchen and Bath Association estimates the cost of removing and replacing a bathtub to be 3,000 dollars or more.

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4 Reasons to Reglaze Your Bathtub

bathtub reglazing The bathroom is a top space for home renovations. Improving a bathroom can add significant value to a home and increase its appeal to potential homebuyers. However, many bathroom renovations can be expensive. Fortunately, there are improvements such as reglazing that are cost effective and beneficial at improving this important area in your home. Here are four reasons why it’s becoming more popular to reglaze your bathtub.

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Home Reglazing: Why Have a Professional Do It

Home Reglazing | A1 ReglazingBathtub home reglazing is a great way to make an old bathroom look new again without needing to completely remodel. While it often has a sticker price that is close to the retail cost of a new tub model, the labor savings and other remodeling costs averted by the process can wind up making the final project price several times less expensive. It can be tempting to further increase your savings with home reglazing, but for this particular renovation, that is actually usually riskier and more costly than the alternative.

Materials and Handling

The main issue with home reglazing kits is that they often involve handling materials that require specialized knowledge to successfully apply. Many of these materials also have hazardous qualities, which makes ventilation important and usually requires the use of a respirator. For the home improvement hobbyist, this translates into a lot of risk for a project that might still need to be re-done.

Since bathtub reglazing is already several times less expensive than most replacements would be, it is advisable to let a properly trained and experienced professional approach this issue. They will be familiar with the materials, which means you will get a superior finish out of the end product, and their knowledge allows them to safely and efficiently navigate the resurfacing process.


A large part of the cost of any bathroom renovation is labor, but when it comes to resurfacing and the chemicals used, the labor rates are offset by the speed with which the improvement can be done. Part of the reason that tub replacements can balloon into projects that cost thousands is because removing a tub is costly and often requires substantial changes to the home.

Reglazing is much faster, and due to the materials, professionals try to complete each job as quickly as is feasible, to minimize their own exposure and ensure that everything sets up consistently. Finding a trusted professional is important, but in today’s market, it is easy to see work samples and find reviews of most companies. Finding one that takes pride in their work by showing off the results you would like to see is the key.


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Give Your Bathroom a Whole New Look

There are many subtle ways to change the way your bathroom looks. There is one simple way to drastically improve your space that you may not have considered. Bathroom reglazing is fantastic way to make your bathroom look just like new.

Bathtub, Sink and Shower

Refurbishing the largest and most noticeable items in your bathroom can drastically improve the look and feel of the whole space. By eliminating the wear and tear that has built up over the years, your bathroom will look spectacular. No matter what type of fixtures you have or what they are made of, having them refurbished is a wonderful and accessible choice. It gives new life and shine to your bathroom’s main fixtures.


Bathroom tile attracts a lot of unpleasantness. From left over soap, shampoo and conditioner, to stray hairs and mold, a lot of damage can be done to the finish of both the tiles and grout. Having your tile reglazed is a great way to improve the looks without paying for a total remodel. This is also great if you want to change the color of the tiles in your home. Now, there will be no need to remove and replace tiles which have a dated or faded color.


Countertops are sometimes the centerpiece of a bathroom. They see a lot of traffic over the years, which is why they can get worn out or damaged over time. Getting your countertops refurbished can drastically improve the way they look. They can even be redone to look like granite or stone. This means that you can have a countertop that look brand new, without having to endure a long and costly remodel. With reglazing, there is no easier way to make your home look like new.

Give yourself the gift of a stunning bathroom. With reglazing and refurbishing available on many of the items in your bathroom, have a like-new space has never been easier.


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