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Does your bathtub need a makeover?

There’s nothing quite like a relaxing bubble bath at the end of a long hard day. But in order to enjoy some TLC in your bathtub, you need a clean space you actually want to sink into. Rust, grime and cracks can quickly turn your relaxing oasis into a gross nightmare, but many of us put off bathtub renovation projects because, well, they're kind of overwhelming.

Whether you're dealing with minor rust spots or a major mess, there's a bathtub renovation option out there to fit your budget, timeline and lifestyle. We're breaking down three of the most popular options with the help of some pros who know all about turning a bathtub nightmare into a dream come true. Here are the best ways to renovate your bathtub.

Bathtub reglazing/refinishing

What is it?

This bathtub renovation option goes by many names — resurfacing, recoating, refinishing or reglazing — but has a pretty straightforward process. An expert starts by sanding down the tub's surface, fills in cracks and worn areas, then applies several coats of primer and paint before doing a final buffing.

Will it work for your tub?

If your existing bathtub is already in pretty good shape but is covered in minor stains, scratches or other surface imperfections, reglazing is a good option. It’s also ideal for certain types bathtubs. “For homeowners with antique claw-foot tubs made from heavy cast iron, it’s absolutely the way to go,” said Dan DiClerico, a home expert for HomeAdvisor.

Acrylic bathtubs can also be reglazed, as long as they don’t have any significant issues.


  • Reglazing is the most affordable bathtub renovation option available and can cost you between $200-$650 on average.

  • It’s quick, usually taking only a day to complete!

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