How much does it cost to refinish a bathtub?

One question that you’ll often hear from homeowners is, “What is the cost to refinish bathtub?” They also want to know the difference in cost of refinishing a tub, and installing a bathtub liner system. Bathtub liners are PVC sheets made of plastic or acrylic formed in the shape of an existing tub, and glued into place.

Advantages of refinishing your bathtub 

  • • Cost effective solution – You can save more money on cost to refinish bathtub than bathtub liner replacement.
  • • Time saving optionRefinishing takes only about 3 to 6 hours to finish the job than replacing the bathtub liners that takes about a week’s time before you can use your new tub. This prevents accumulation of clutter that happens during the replacement period.
  • •  A wide choice of colors – If you want, you can change the color of your bathtub to complement the color of your bathroom. This is a practical way to renovate your bathroom at a small budget.
  • • Reduction in carbon – As a result of bathtub replacement, greenhouse gases may be produced. In refinishing process, the amount of carbon is reduced.
  • • In refinishing, you can make your tub and tile look like new again.
  • • You’ll enjoy using your restored tub and tile for a longer period of time.

Comparison – cost to refinish bathtub vs. installing a bathtub liner system


Installing bathtub liners is expensive, costing about $1,300 to $1,500 serving just to cover your bathtub. If you want it to cover up the perimeter walls in a wall liner system, the cost can be more than $3,000. This is almost the price of a new bathtub. A typical refinishing process that can restore your old bathtub would generally cost from $500 to $650.

Another option costs around $1,000 to $1,200 for both the tub and the surrounding tiles to be refinished. The cost to refinish bathtub is 30 to 50 percent cheaper than having a new liner system. The cost to replace bathtub liners can even increase further once they develop leaks on the liner and your old tub. You’ll spend more than expected, and any leak can cause severe damage to your tub liners.

Now that you are fully oriented on the cost to refinish bathtub, you can proceed to your decision with care. In these critical times, it makes sense to adopt cost effective methods in renovating your house. After all, you’re not sacrificing quality with price.