The Difference Between Bathtub Refinishing, Reglazing, and Resurfacing: A Comprehensive Guide

If your bathtub has seen better days, you’re likely exploring options to bring it back to life without the hefty cost of replacement. In your search, you’ve probably come across terms like bathtub refinishing, reglazing, and resurfacing. While these terms are often used interchangeably, they have distinct meanings and processes.

What is Bathtub Refinishing?

Bathtub refinishing, also known as bathtub resurfacing, is a multi-step process that involves repairing the bathtub’s surface and then applying a new coating. Here’s a closer look at the steps involved:

  1. Cleaning: The tub is thoroughly cleaned to remove soap scum, grime, and mineral deposits.
  2. Repairing: Any chips, cracks, or imperfections are filled and sanded to create a smooth surface.
  3. Etching: A acidic solution is used to etch the tub’s surface to help the finish adhere.
  4. Priming: A primer is applied to ensure the new coating adheres properly.
  5. Coating: Finally, a top coat,  is sprayed onto the tub. This coating needs to cure for 24-48 hours before the tub can be used.

Refinishing gives the bathtub a fresh, glossy appearance, making it look almost brand new. It’s essential to note that professional reglazing can deliver a more durable and aesthetically pleasing result compared to DIY kits.

What is Bathtub Reglazing?

Bathtub reglazing is often used synonymously with refinishing, but it technically refers to the process of applying a new finish to the bathtub. Reglazing focuses more on the final step of the refinishing process – the application of the new coating. Here’s what it involves:

  1. Preparation: Similar to refinishing, the tub is cleaned and repaired.
  2. Etching: A chemical solution is used to etch the tub’s surface to help the glaze adhere.
  3. Application: A high-gloss finish is sprayed onto the surface.

Reglazing is a cost-effective way to restore the bathtub’s appearance and extend its lifespan by several years.

What is Bathtub Resurfacing?

Bathtub resurfacing is another term often used interchangeably with refinishing and reglazing. It generally encompasses the entire process of restoring the tub’s surface, from cleaning and repairing to applying a new finish. In essence, resurfacing is a broader term that includes the refinishing and reglazing processes.

Key Differences and Similarities

To summarize the distinctions:

  • Refinishing: The entire process of cleaning, repairing, priming, and recoating the bathtub.
  • Reglazing: Focuses specifically on the final application of the new finish.
  • Resurfacing: An overarching term that includes refinishing and reglazing, emphasizing the restoration of the tub’s surface.

Benefits of Refinishing, Reglazing, and Resurfacing

All three processes offer significant benefits:

  • Cost-Effective: Refinishing, reglazing, and resurfacing are far less expensive than replacing a bathtub.
  • Time-Saving: These processes can typically be completed in a day, whereas replacing a bathtub can take several days or even weeks.
  • Eco-Friendly: Opting to restore your bathtub instead of replacing it reduces waste and is a more sustainable choice.
  • Aesthetic Improvement: Your bathtub will look as good as new, enhancing the overall appearance of your bathroom.

Contact Us

The owners & operators of Bath Refinishing Solutions have over 30 years of refinishing experience that they can put to work for you. Our work speaks for itself see the before & after photos and reviews on our website. We pride ourselves on refinishing it the right way the first time which is why we are able to offer our customers a 10-year warranty on all of our refinishing projects. We know our work is built to stand the test of time and so we back that word and work up with our warranty!

Contact us either Calling, Texting, or Emailing to get a free refinishing quote (513) 981-9080 or