Clawfoot tub repairs… worth it?

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Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling January 6, 2013 at 9:05 am

Clawfoot tub repairs… worth it?


We are planning a gut renovation of our (only) bathroom in the next few months.  We have an old (no idea how old) clawfoot tub that looks like it needs some repairs.  Any ideas from the picture below what would be involved?  It seems to be in great shape besides this growing chip.  I’m happy to just toss it, but is that blasphemous?  How difficult would it be to repair it?  Are these sell-able?
Thanks for your feedback.

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It looks like a paint chip from an overspray. The companies that do this call it reglazing but it’s really just resurfacing with paint. Your choices are to have it repaired and reglazed again or replace it with something new. Since you are going to gut the room I would consider replacing it. Often reglazing only lasts a few years until you get another chip. It is a 100 year old tub and will show it’s age. There are some nice reproductions and restored original tubs available, I am an old house guy so I do like these old clawfoots. They are great as a soaker, not so much as a shower in that the curtain sticks to you. Getting in and out is funky and cleaning under the legs is a pain. So think carefully about you want because you will be living with it for a long time.

Here’s a link to the tub king that specializes in cast iron tubs & tub repair:

Don’t use anything abrasive to clean a reglazed tub or it will peel.

A tiny scratch or reglazing does not require throwing away the tub. Whether to keep it or not as part of your renovation really depends on you and your aesthetic preferences, practical needs, and the bathroom space. Generally speaking, you will retain or increase your home’s value if you renovate in a high quality way that is in keeping with the age and style of the house. We have a very small bathroom (4×6) and feel the original fixtures are the best solution for our situation. But I know several home owners who had the space to beautifully renovate their turn of the last century bathrooms by adding a tiled walk-in shower to one end of the bathroom in addition to retaining the claw foot tub. They installed plain white subway tile with porcelain hex tile floors, pedestal sinks, basic reproduction lighting from Rejuvenation, and lots of new in-wall storage.

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