Monday, January 5, 2009

Bathtub Blues

Here's a tip if you're considering a one-bath home: DON'T.

This is only occasionally a problem for us, but when it is a problem, it's problematic in a big way.

I need to recaulk the tub. Not a huge deal -- except just about every product out there requires a dry surface to start and 48 hours to cure. That translates to three days minimum with no bathtub use. Unless you're someone who could give a flip about hygiene, that's a problem.

While I'm at it, the mother is now suggesting that I reglaze the tub. Well, I would have to caulk first since you need to FILL the tub to caulk and somehow I don't think you can have water in the tub while you reglaze it ...

Right now, I am trying to figure out when would be a good time to take on this task. And I'm thinking it might be the coming MLK weekend. Not sure I'm up to reglazing. That's a "we'll see" thing. The caulking, however, has to be done. And soon. The temporary job I did a week or so ago is just that -- temporary.

Anyone ever used one of those DIY glazing kits? Interested in what your experience has been.

7 comments:

Gene said...

I haven't used one of the glazing kits yet. I plan to after the kitchen remodel (during which time the 2nd bathroom will be used as part of the kitchen). The bathtub has some scrapes I'd like to cover.

sewwhat? said...

No, I had a company reglaze my tub, not issues, and it lasted for quite a while and looked good, and wasn't that expensive, but that was 20 years ago! It sure beat a total gut-rehab of a bathroom, we just replaced the toilet and sink and reglazed the tub, and it looked like it had been totally redone.

Karen Anne said...

Decades ago I tried kits on a horrid bathroom sink. The first one peeled off pretty rapidly, but the second one worked well for the several years later that I lived there.

I'd love to cover the blue bathtub and tile in the bathroom here, but I've been worried it would not last.

NV said...

Gene -- I'll let you know how it goes! :-)

sewwhat -- I have to think it makes a world of difference. I just don't want to spend $300-$400 to have it done.

Karen Anne -- You're among the few who have related a good experience with DIY glazing. Thanks for giving me some encouragement!

Vicki said...

I never knew tubs were glazed. Donuts, yes; tubs? Never knew it. Have fun with that one!

NV said...

Vicki -- Tee hee! I have a feeling that I'm going to wish that it WAS a donut instead of a bathtub before it's all over with. :-)

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