The Cons of Bathtub Reglazing

| Updated on February 28, 2024

Bathtubs, over time, lose their luster, and the bathroom starts looking dull. Replacing the tub is one option, but why spend that much money when you can just reglaze it, and your bathroom will come back to life. Reglazing is more affordable and saves you so much time. With it, you can change the color of the tub and explore a new bathroom décor. This article looks at the cons of bathtub glazing. Before that, let’s see how to reglaze tubs.

Reglazing Bathtub

Often referred to as refinishing, reglazing, resurfacing, or recoating, a bathtub can be renovated in just five steps given below:

  1. Sand the surface of the tub thoroughly
  2. If there are any cracks, fill them with appropriate material.
  3. Apply several coats of primer on the surface.
  4. Paint the tub. Even the surface by applying many layers 
  5. Buff the tub and use polish to shine it.

7 Cons of Reglazing the Bathtub

Reglazing the tub sure has its merits, but it also has a few drawbacks. These drawbacks are briefly explained below:

1. Quality checks

In the case of a low-quality tub, reglazing would not work. Also, before you think of it, make sure you repair it completely. Reglazing only covers the surface, and if there are any cracks or the surface is chipped, it will lead to a bad job.

2. Skills Required

Reglazing requires optimum skills to finish the job. If done by someone without the skills, cracks and bubbles may appear. Just remember that repairing a bad coating costs more than hiring a professional.

3. Time spent

The process of reglazing involves hazardous chemicals, and thus you will need to stay out of home for 2-3 days. Ensure that staying away from home does not overcome what you saved by opting for reglazing.

4. Performed once

Reglazing can be performed only once, and if you screw it up, you are stuck with a bad job. Therefore, hire someone experienced and go through his customer reviews before hiring.

5. Role of Weather

Even though reglazing is usually a one-day job, humid weather can cause the primer and paint to dry slowly and take longer. Thus, in the rainy season, it may take over a week to finish the paint job.

6. Short Life

A glazing job can last for 15 years, and thus it just delays the fact that you will have to replace it after that, whereas a new bathtub can last much longer.

7. Dangerous

The products used for reglazing contain high concentrations of methylene chloride, which is highly hazardous and can cause fatigue, headaches, nausea, and in severe cases, it can even lead to death.


Reglazing a bathtub offers an affordable option for the bathroom remodeling. If your antique bathtub has worn out and looks old, you might want to consider refinishing rather than replacing it. Take your time to list out the pros and cons and decide if you want this service or not.

Bhavya Singh

Social Media & Lifestyle Expert

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