Fiberglass Bathtubs

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    May 21, 2009 3:41 AM GMT
    I bought a nice deep 24"soaker tub from a salvage store for my new basement bath, only $50.

    It has a 4 inch crack on the skirt that will get repaired. Has anyone tried to repair these on their own or just get a pro to do it for a couple hundred?
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    May 21, 2009 3:54 AM GMT
    it depends, if the area is structural or not also how the finish is and so on.

    Being fiberglass they aren't they difficult to repair, however unless you have all the tools you wont get a really nice finish, you need to polish the outter layer with should I believe be a gelcoat and that requires many compounds and highspeed buffing machine.

    If it is just literally a crack, no chips or lost pieces repairing it your self shouldn't be too difficult it is just fiberglass after all and if you stuff up, it wont be to difficult for a pro to repair.
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    May 21, 2009 3:56 AM GMT
    http://www.wikihow.com/Repair-a-Fiberglass-Tub-or-Shower

    that seems simple enough..
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    May 21, 2009 5:44 AM GMT
    Getting it right is pretty str8 forward but by the time you buy the chemicals. buffer , respirator , several polishing compounds , color additive, gel coat ...you will not have saved anything .
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    May 21, 2009 6:11 AM GMT
    I'll fix your crack for you.icon_wink.gif
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    May 21, 2009 6:12 AM GMT
    Thanks for the input and vote of confidence.

    I have a friend who works at a plumbing supply store and she said that tub at cost would be $400.

    Investing even with a pro at $200 is still a huge saving. I just was wondering if it was difficult to do on my own, not if it was a good deal.

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    May 21, 2009 7:07 AM GMT
    how long do those repairs last? I have a friend that recently told me about how the builder of her home used cheap stuff and her tub was originally in 2 pieces and over time, even though it was sealed, it looked like crap pretty quickly. hmmm...I would rather just buy a new tub and not have to worry about the potential problems from the repair. But then again, I canceled buying a new home for one development and ended up buying in another development because the shower bottom in the bathrooms was that fiberglass stuff instead of tile. That fiberglass stuff can be a pain to keep clean over time.
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    May 21, 2009 7:23 AM GMT
    I think your going to be in for more trouble than it's worth. If those repairs aren't done just right it will fall apart and may anyway. Give me an old cast iron bath anytime. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Timbales

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    May 21, 2009 12:27 PM GMT
    If it's a crack in the outer skirt, then I'd do a heavy duty repair job then cover it up with an artful mosaic tile job.
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    May 21, 2009 1:09 PM GMT
    bring me over... I'll repair it better then new, will be stronger then it ever was and will look like its brand new.

    The problem with most repairs is they can only access one side.. you've the ability to get to both sides, so, slap some glass a little resin on the other side of the crack, let it cure and it'll be golden

    (two well wetted layers applied at 90degress to each other with a good 5 inch overlap on either side of the crack..

    It will re-enforce the surrounding area... it'll never crack there again under normal use.