As a producer of high-quality refinishing coatings for bathtubs, countertops, tile and vanities, we understand that every project can be unique. If your tub has seen its better days and you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to make your tub look like new, you may have to decide between bathtub refinishing or using a liner. After years of repairing failed liners with our refinishing tools, NAPCO warns contractors and homeowners to carefully consider their options before adding a liner. Quality refinishing by a NAPCO refinisher provides the best value for short and long-term fixes.
What is a bathtub liner?
A bathtub liner is a custom sized acrylic insert that is molded to the shape of a tub. The tub liner is placed over your existing tub and adheres to the original with a chemical compound. It can be a durable and economical solution over replacing a bathtub, but is still more expensive than completely refinishing a bathtub. Keep in mind, when liners are not properly installed, or if the seal breaks during use, water can leak underneath the surface causing mold and mildew to grow. If this happens, you will eventually need to have the liner removed and replaced, or even worse, potential replacement of the entire bathtub. Simply put, liners can be an expensive band-aid for your bathroom as they don’t resolve the underlying problems.
What is refinishing or reglazing a bathtub?
Refinishing a bathtub is a process that uses the existing tub as a base for restoration. Prior to refinishing or reglazing a bathtub, the tub may need some repair. NAPCO’s products can repair everything from chips and cracks to rust and mold. Essentially, professional refinishing takes an old, damaged tub and refreshes it to “like-new” condition without the hassle of a full renovation project by sanding, repairing, and adding a new coating that creates a smooth, glossy surface. If properly done with quality materials by a skilled refinisher, the result will be a beautifully refinished bathtub with a durable, porcelain-like finish in any color that you choose.