Question

A contractor told us he would use a low-VOC acrylic urethane to refinish our cast-iron tub. Does such a product exist?

Asked by Jolie Krasinski
Evanston, IL

Concerned about human health and environmental impacts of chemicals used to refinish bathtubs.

Answer

Bill Bradbury

Answered by Bill Bradbury

Smithfield, UT

Envirocon Home Restoration

April 7, 2011

These products exist, but I don't use them.

If a client wants a tub refinished, I remove the tub and take it to a professional, and it costs $400-$500.

This is not what the client wants to hear, so I then show them a catalog of historically accurate replacements, and they are shocked to see that these tubs start at $2,000.

 

For more information:

Read "I have a bathtub that needs re-enameling. Is there a nontoxic way to do this?" a Q&A answered by Mick Dalrymple.

Also, read "What's less toxic: refinishing an old cast-iron tub or getting a fiberglass tub?" a Q&A answered by Molly McCabe.

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