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coffee4me 02-21-2009 03:41 PM

bathroom question

We have to update our bathroom.

***Instead of ripping out the old bath tub, we were thinking of a professional company re-glazing the tub. Good or bad idea ?

***The shower walls are fiberglass/acrylic panels. We would like to take that down and have tiled walls instead. What would I need to install if we take the panels down(which are very likely glued to drywall) ? Is plain drywall sufficient or does it need backerboard, before we can tile on that ?

***What kind of adhesive to use for tiling around the bath tub area ? Pre-mixed stuff ?

Thank you

scuttlebuttrp 02-21-2009 07:24 PM

A reglaze lasts 3-5 years I beleive.
If drywall is sound, cover in Kerdi and stick with real thinset; not the premix stuff.
If your not inclined to Kerdi, then CBU is a must.

Tool Guy - Kg 02-21-2009 09:13 PM

I personally don't care a lot for re-glazing of tubs as they just don't last very long...especially if this is the main bathroom. If you want quality that will last, you may want to look at a new tub. And if the tub's glazing is worn out....I'd want to know how old the tub's mixing valve is to see if it needed replacing as well.

These projects always start out small and grow, don't they? :)

Billy12 02-22-2009 12:24 PM

Danny, I'm with the others on the tub refinishing. I helped a friend remodel his bathroom a couple of years ago and he insisted on going with the refinishing for the tub to save on cost. He's kicking himself now because the finish is coming off after already having it redone once.

coffee4me 02-22-2009 12:40 PM

Thank you for your replies.
It's obvious that we are stepping away from the re-glazing thing and will rip out the old tub and have a new one installed.


bathroomremodeler 02-22-2009 07:15 PM


Probably a good choice to go with a new tub.

While they call it re-glaze ... it is still paint. Dogs and kids are especially rough on re-painted tubs.

Durability often depends on how many coats of primer and how many coats of paint.

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