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to glaze or raze an oldcast iron tub

Posted by lee selkirk on November 8th, 1999 08:23 PM
In reply to Reglaze cast iron tub or replace it?? by Christina on October 19th, 1999 09:48 PM [Go to top of thread]

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Your best bet is usually to keep a cast iron tub as
they are so superior to the steel and plastic tubs
used today that any comparison is rather funny.
The old tubs hold heat much bettere than steel and
plastic tubs serve most to make hot water cold.
Reglazing is the way to go but be careful with your
choice of installer. DON'T let anyone spray epoxy!!!
This is an industrial coating that has no place in
the home. Almost all epoxies use polyisocyanate
hardeners and this stuff is dangerous. Aside form
the health harards, epoxy goes yellow, turns dull
within months, and is prone to staining, for a
start. You should use a polyester-urethane material
that is iso-free. These can be applied much
thicker than acrylic compounds and have superior
aesthetic characteristics. Be sure your installer
properly cleans and preps the surface, removes the
caulk line between the tub and wall completely, and
removes the overflow and crossbar, and, very
importantly, removes the strainer (drain). This
last step is the sign of a pro as the cowboys don't
want to be bothered with this last step. Strainers
spin out reasonably easily if you have the right
tools (and sometimes a heat gun). The installer
should return after the tub has cured and replace
all caulking, gaskets, and fittings. I "shoot" tubs
for a living and the above points come from
experience gained over more than 1,000 jobs.
Good Luck with your project!!

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