Hey, Boston homeowners!
Are you sick of staring at that old avocado-green bathtub? Feel like diving into something a bit more modern?
Changing up the color of your bathtub is not just some passing fad – it is a total game changer, and it’s taking bathrooms all over town by storm!
Stay tuned, and I’ll fill you in on the details in just a couple of minutes…
But why are homeowners suddenly considering this bold move?
Why do Homeowners want to Change Bath Tub Color?
Have you ever walked into your bathroom and thought, “This tub would look great in sapphire blue?”
You’re not alone!
From aesthetic upgrades to aligning with modern trends, the reasons for changing bathtub colors are as numerous as the stars in the sky—or at least the bubbles in your bath.
Aesthetic Update: As interior design trends evolve, a color that was once popular might now seem dated. Changing the color can help modernize the bathroom’s appearance without having to replace the entire tub.
Wear and Tear: Over time, bathtubs can develop stains, chips, or discolorations due to regular use, water minerals, or cleaning chemicals. Refinishing the tub can make it look like new again.
Home Sale Preparation: If a homeowner is preparing to sell their home, updating the bathtub’s color can increase the home’s appeal to potential buyers. A clean, modern bathroom can significantly impact a home’s selling price.
Cost-Effective Renovation: Replacing a bathtub can be an expensive and disruptive endeavor. On the other hand, refinishing or reglazing is often a more cost-effective alternative to achieve a fresh look.
Match New Decor: If other elements in the bathroom are updated (like tiles, paint, or fixtures), the old bathtub color might no longer coordinate well. Changing the tub color can ensure everything in the bathroom complements each other.
History of Bathtub Materials and Designs
Once upon a time, bathtubs were a luxury reserved for kings and queens. Nowadays, we common folks have an array of choices, from luxurious cast iron tubs to sleek and modern acrylic versions.
It’s a bubbly world out there!
Remember when pink and green tubs were all the rage? No? Well, maybe it’s time to freshen up your memory and your bathroom.
From neutral whites to bold blacks, today’s trends are all about sophistication.
Here’s the kicker: A new color trend might be just around the corner!
Understanding Bathtub Materials For Refinishing
Bathtubs can be made from various materials, and most of them can be refinished or reglazed to restore their appearance and extend their service life.
The process of refinishing involves cleaning and repairing the surface, followed by applying a new finish.
This is perhaps the most common material for older bathtubs.
Porcelain tubs are made of cast iron coated with porcelain enamel.
Over time, the porcelain can chip or become dull, but refinishing can bring back its original luster.
Fiberglass tubs and shower enclosures are popular because they’re lightweight and relatively inexpensive.
They can, however, scratch, crack, or fade with time. Refinishing can repair minor imperfections and restore their look.
Like fiberglass, acrylic bathtubs can lose their shine or get minor scratches over time. Refinishing an acrylic tub can restore its shiny appearance.
Ever dreamt of relaxing in a tub that feels like a warm hug? Acrylic might be your best bet!
Though often coated with porcelain, raw cast iron can also be refinished if the original coating is damaged or if the bathtub was never coated in the first place.
They are durable, retain heat, and are a timeless classic! Perfect for those who enjoy a hot bath with a side of history.
Clawfoot bathtubs, typically made of cast iron but also available in acrylic and fiberglass, offer a vintage aesthetic.
Over time, their finish can dull or chip. Refinishing restores their original shine, with both interior and exterior offering opportunities for rejuvenation.
They are elegant, comprised of an elegant and sophisticated charm that adds a unique aesthetic to your bathroom!
Ah, the clawfoot! It’s like soaking in a piece of art. A tad pretentious, but who’s judging?
While not a bathtub material per se, many bathtubs are surrounded by ceramic tile, which can become dingy, chipped, or discolored.
Like bathtubs, ceramic tiles can be refinished to look new again.
Options for Changing Bathtub Color
As mentioned before, changing the color of your bathtub can refresh your bathroom, adding new aesthetics without going through the hassle of replacing the entire tub. It is cost-effective, durable, and adds up to your bathroom glow!
Professional Bathtub Refinishing
Say goodbye to the old and hello to the new with our Bay State Refinishing service. It’s like a day spa for your bathtub. No kidding!
The process involves cleaning, sanding, and repairing any chips or cracks. A primer is applied, followed by several layers of coating, and then left to dry.
At Bay State Refinishing, customers have the flexibility to select custom colors from either the Sherwin-Williams or Benjamin Moore color charts. We’ll then have our paint manufacturer produce the chosen shade for you.
Here is a basic Benjamin Moore Color Chart to help you (but are not limited to) with your visualization.
A custom-molded acrylic or PVC plastic liner is installed directly over the existing bathtub.
No need to remove the old tub; it gives a fresh look and a relatively fast installation.
However, the process can prove to be costly, has the potential for water to become trapped between the liner and the tub, and may not feel as solid as the original tub.
Professional Bathtub Replacement
Out with the old and in with the new! Sometimes, a full replacement is what the doctor (or designer) ordered.
Head to our bathtub replacement services for a new and fresh bathtub of your choice.
Refinishing DIY Kits
Are you the DIY type? Grab some bonding primer, pick your paint, and let’s roll!
The process might be inexpensive but may prove to be less durable than a professional refinishing.
DIY vs. Hiring a Bathtub Refinishing Company
Is DIY more your style, or do you prefer sitting back and letting professionals handle it? Either way, Bay State Refinishing has you covered!
Using a DIY Refinishing Kit is usually cheaper. You’re just paying for materials.
While hiring a professional, you are paying for quality service.
A DIY project might take you longer than you’d think. It ain’t just a one-and-done.
Professional Refinishers are usually faster. The pros know what they’re doing, and they get in and out real quick!
For DIY Refinishing – If you ain’t handy, you might be in over your head. Some folks got the knack, others… not so much.
For professional refinishing – You’re hiring pros, so they know the ropes. It isn’t their first rodeo.
When you are collecting a DIY Refinishing Kit, you gotta make sure you get the right stuff from the store. And remember, cheap materials can look… well, cheap.
As for professional refinishers, they have the good stuff – Usually, higher-end materials that last longer.
When you are doing it yourself, you gotta be careful with those fumes, kid. Make sure you have proper ventilation and safety gear.
When you hire professionals, they’ve got the gear and know-how to do it safely. Less worry for you.
Doing it by yourself can be a hit or a miss. You might nail it, or it could look like a mess, depending on how well you did the job.
Professional refinishing looks wicked sharp! A pro job usually means the best finish.
DIY Refinishing, if not done right, might not last as long. It could start peeling or chipping sooner rather than later.
Professional refinishing, when done right, will last a long while. A good company stands behind its work.
How to Maintain the New Bathtub Color?
With proper care, the color can endure for 10-15 years on your newly finished surface. To ensure longevity, please follow these care guidelines:
- Avoid using Clorox or bleach.
- Refrain from using abrasive brushes or scrubs.
- We recommend the use of ‘Scrubbing Bubbles’ as the ideal cleaning agent.
- When cleaning, spray ‘Scrubbing Bubbles’ on the tub, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and then gently wipe away with a soft cloth. Any remaining residue can be rinsed with water and allowed to drain.
- It’s vital to prevent soap scum or mildew buildup; once adhered, they can be challenging to remove.
Bathtub Refinishing Tips
When you are hiring a contractor for the job, it’s important to make an informed decision. Here are some refinishing tips to ensure you get the best possible service.
- Research Contractors: Look for local bathtub refinishing contractors with good reviews online. Websites like Yelp, Angie’s List, or Google Reviews can provide firsthand accounts of past clients.
- Ask for References: A reputable contractor should be willing to provide you with references from previous customers. Call these references to ask about their experiences and satisfaction with the work done.
- Inquire About Experience: It’s essential to choose a contractor with experience specifically in bathtub refinishing. Ask how many years they’ve been in business and how many tubs they’ve refinished.
- Ensure They Use Quality Materials: Not all refinishing products are created equal. Ask the contractor about the products they use and do some independent research to ensure they’re of high quality.
- Ventilation Concerns: Refinishing a bathtub can release strong fumes. Ensure that the contractor will take measures to ventilate the area properly to protect your home and health.
- Ask About Warranty: A reliable contractor will offer a warranty on their work. It indicates that they stand behind the quality of their services. Understand the terms and duration of the warranty they provide.
- Get Multiple Quotes: It’s wise to get estimates from several contractors to ensure you’re getting a fair price. However, don’t just go with the cheapest quote; consider the quality of work, materials used, and the warranty provided.
- Look at Before-and-After Photos: Most contractors will have a portfolio of their previous work. This can give you an idea of the quality and consistency of their refinishing projects.
- Timeline: Understand how long the refinishing process will take and how long you’ll need to wait before you can use the bathtub again.
- License and Insurance: Ensure the contractor is licensed to operate in your area and has insurance. This can protect you in case of any damage or issues during the refinishing process.
So, can you change the color of your bathtub? Absolutely!
With Bay State Refinishing by your side, your dream bathtub is just a phone call away. We carefully consider all custom requests. While we strive to accommodate most, some may fall outside the realm of feasibility or practicality
Whether you’re looking for a dramatic transformation or a subtle change, we’re here to help you soak in style.
Ready to take the plunge?
Contact Bay State Refinishing today, and let’s make your bathroom the talk of the town.
No more avocado-green nightmares, we promise!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Reglaze a Tub with a Different Color?
You betcha! Our skilled professionals can make your tub look brand new, no matter the color.
What Are Popular Bathtub Paint Colors?
From timeless whites to bold blacks, we’ve seen it all. Our portfolio is like a rainbow of bathtubs!
How to Choose the Right Bathtub Size?
It’s simple, really. Just make sure it’s big enough for you and a rubber ducky or two. We can help with the specifics!
What Is Involved in Bathtub Repair?
Leaks, cracks, and creaks—we handle it all. Our technicians are like bathtub wizards, turning the old into new.