Resurfacing Your Bath or Buying a New Bathtub? Don't Do Either!

Resurfacing Your Bath or Buying a New Bathtub? Don’t Do Either!
June 27, 2018 Inner Bath

When you’re actively avoiding taking a bath because your tub is eroded, cracked and rusted, your first reaction may be to simply replace it. After all, you can pick up a new bathtub for relatively cheap so it shouldn’t be an expensive endeavour, right?


Put down that catalogue because there are many hidden costs involved in installing a new bathtub that you need to consider before going full steam ahead with your bathroom remodelling. Likewise, if you’re thinking about resurfacing your tub, you may want to have a closer look at the implications this can have on your household during the process and the maintenance of your bathtub afterwards. We investigate the hidden costs when resurfacing or replacing your bath, and disclose a far more convenient, affordable option.

Buying a new bathtub: what people don’t tell you.

Yes, you can purchase a brand new bathtub for a few hundred dollars. “It’s a bargain!” you shout, amazed, as you gaze starry-eyed at its sleek, modern design. But what people don’t widely shout about is how much it costs to install it in your bathroom. You’ll need a tiler to remove and re-install your bathroom tiles and a plumber to connect the drains, not to mention the fact that you may need to have the tub cut into pieces to be able to get it through your bathroom door!

This entire process can take up to a month when you consider how long you may need to wait to secure the right tradesperson. And the installation process can easily add up into the $1000’s on top of the cost of the bath itself. Not the most affordable option by a long shot!

Resurfacing your bath: the truth about using chemicals.

If you’ve ditched the idea of buying a new bathtub, in favour of a cheaper option, your next thought may be to have your bath resurfaced. We hate to rain on your parade, but this process also comes with its trials and tribulations. Resurfacing or refinishing your bath will often involve the use of harmful chemicals required to strip the bathtub before re-painting or re-enamelling, especially if it has been resurfaced before.

Strong chemicals in an enclosed space can cause respiratory issues for anyone residing in the house while the process is being carried out (especially asthmatics), so you may need to vacate your home while it’s being done. Spraying chemicals around water outlets is also a cause for concern, as this could result in contaminated waterways. Furthermore, if you hire an inexperienced bathtub resurfacer, you could end up with a bubbled, rough or faded finish worse than what you started out with – what a headache!

Relining your bathtub: the most affordable and convenient solution.

So what’s this miracle solution to your grotty old tub? It’s a bath repair service called bathtub relining. It doesn’t use harmful chemicals, doesn’t require the services of an expensive tradesperson to install, and you won’t need to rip up your bathroom tiles to place the tub in the right spot! Oh, and it’s also very affordable, and only takes three hours to install! How does it work? Watch the video below to find out.

If you need further convincing, here are just a few of the reasons why Australian homeowners and hotel owners choose to have their baths relined rather than resurfaced or replaced:

  • You can maintain the character of your existing bathtub, just with a new acrylic liner for the surface. No need to redecorate your bathroom to match a new colour or style!
  • The ABS Acrylic liner is 6mm think, non-slip and scratch resistant, unlike many re-enamelled surfaces.
  • It will immediately give your entire bathroom a facelift and add to the value of your home.
  • The two-part polyurethane expanding foam used to fix the new liner to your old base is a fantastic insulator and will keep your bath warmer for longer.
  • The relining process is environmentally friendly as it utilises your fully functioning and structurally sound bath base, rather than wastefully demolishing and throwing out the entire tub.

If you’re looking for a convenient, fast, affordable and safe way to repair and upgrade your old bath, contact Inner Bath today; Australia’s leading bathtub relining specialists.