How Much Does It Cost To Refinish A Bathtub?


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Bathtub Refinishing Costs

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Those who have old tubs that are dingy and that have seen better days might be considering getting a replacement. While a replacement is one solution, it is not always the cheapest or best solution. Instead, it might be time to consider the benefits of refinishing a tub. If you are happy with the shape and the style of the tub, and you would get a similar tub as a replacement, bathtub refinishing could be a perfect choice.

If you are going to keep the same tub, it also means that there will not actually be any installation time, and you will not have to hire a plumber to hook up the pipes. You will still have to keep the bathroom off-limits for about 24hrs during the refinishing process. However, when you consider the costs and hassle of replacing a tub, you can see that bathtub refinishing is a better option in many cases.

Bathtub refinishing: 5-foot iron tub.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Costs
Material and supplies $60 per foot 5 $300
Labor Cost $70 per foot 5 $350
Total Cost $130 per foot 5 $650

Other considerations and costs

  • Make sure that the tub is still in good enough shape to be used and that refinishing is the best option.
  • You should also check to see that the plumbing that is connecting to the tub is in good shape. If it isn’t, you should have it updated by a professional plumber, which will add to the cost.
  • The tub will have to cure for 24hrs before it can be used, so make sure that you have other options for bathing or showering during that time.
  • If you have a fiberglass tub, it can’t be refinished.

DIY considerations

  • Bathtub refinishing can be a good option for DIY, but it is important to choose a kit that will have what you need for the job. This can ensure that you have all you need from start to finish.
  • Always make sure that you take proper safety precautions, including wearing air filters, goggles, and protective clothing so you do not come into contact with the paint.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
How much does it cost to refinish a bathtub in your city?
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Cost by city

  • New York, NY$1,044
  • Bronx, NY$858
  • Brooklyn, NY$715
  • Philadelphia, PA$892
  • Washington, DC$774
  • Atlanta, GA$700
  • Miami, FL$637
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$667
  • Minneapolis, MN$783
  • Chicago, IL$912
  • Houston, TX$941
  • San Antonio, TX$631
  • Austin, TX$715
  • Denver, CO$604
  • Phoenix, AZ$637
  • Las Vegas, NV$700
  • Los Angeles, CA$788
  • San Diego, CA$715
  • San Jose, CA$864
  • Seattle, WA$633

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