When you’re considering your Bathtub Repair, DIY vs Professional comes into question. Many times we have been called in to fix a DIY job which ends up costing a homeowner more money than they would have originally paid to hire a professional (usually with quite a few more headaches as well.)
We have had over a decade of experience with do-it-yourself bathtub repair vs professional bathtub restoration. Here is what we have discovered.
DIY Bathtub Repair
- Incorrect material – Most DIY bathtub repair kits use weak chemical. We have repaired thousands of DIY kit attempts. Each repair will flake right off with a finger nail. That’s no way to repair a bathtub.
- Incorrect color – DIY kits have a standard color and the more expensive ones have a few extra drops to help shade the finish. Unless you are practiced in these colors, you’ll run out of the material before you get a accurate shade of color
- Inconvenient – Some kits require days to apply let alone cure. We have seen others, that have not been mixed just right, so they never fully cured. That resulted in a gummy finish that collected dirt.
- Cheap – DIY kits can cost about half the price of a professional, not including your time.
- No warranty
Professional Bathtub Repair
- Material – When your bathtub is correctly repaired, the professional will walk you through the details. Dremel (if necessary), filler, sand, primer, urethan acrylic top coat. When these steps are followed correctly, you won’t be able to flick it off with a finger nail.
- Color – A professional repair will blend in well, especially if the bathtub has a glossy finish to it still. For our repairs, if someone doesn’t knew the damage was there, they will never even see it. You think new homes are flaw less? Think again 🙂 New construction, even manufactures have their tubs repaired professionally if they are damaged on site.
- Convenience – Depending on the extensiveness of the repair, most are completed within a hour or so and take 24 hours to cure. Then you’re all set to use the tub as normal.
- Cost – Standard tub repairs are about double the cost of the repair kit. They rarely exceed $200.
You get what you pay for in Bathtub Repairs.