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post #21 of 29 Old 05-19-2019, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Difficult to say if repairing the tub is a good idea without knowing why it developed a hole. Fiberglass gets old and goes bad and the hole may be just the first to show symptoms. It might end up being a never ending job fixing holes that crop up. On the other hand if it was damaged by some abuse then repair would certainly be the easiest fix.
It started to bubble not long after we bought the house 25 years ago which was only a 3 years old. I think it happened during construction and the builder had it fixed rather than replace it. It just got worse over the years. I'm in the process of fixing it up to sell so as long as it looks good, I don't really care.

We had a guy who specializes in this kind of restoration come out to give us an estimate and mentioned $350 to fix and changed it to $850 when he heard we were selling. He actually had $350 written down on his estimate, but changed the 3 to an 8, so I decided to keep looking. Another guy said he will do it for $500, but he knows what the first guy was going to charge and was highly recommended.

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The price seems awful high. It would probably only take a half days work and about $75.00 materials.
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The price seems awful high. It would probably only take a half days work and about $75.00 materials.
I thought so too, but he has to fill in the hole and refinish the rest of the shower/tub. I don't know how they refinish it, but someone said they spray the whole thing with something.

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I am not familiar with DYO, but when i think of polyester putty I am thinking Bondo. That's OK for filling in small dents and scratches and very minir holes but I would never use it where any kind of flex and strength is required. Again, I am not familiar with DYO or the damage to your boat.

There is also a liquid ployester resin that is used on fiberglass construction with fiber glass mat or cloth of various designs, but not by itself. This is what is typically used in fiberglass boat construction.

As for durability, if properly applied, it should last at least 50 or 60 years as evidenced by tens of thousands (maybe more) of 1950's and 1960's boats still around today.

What is some of the worse offenders in our environment today that just wont disappear? Glass and plastic! Fiber glass and plastic resin.

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I thought so too, but he has to fill in the hole and refinish the rest of the shower/tub. I don't know how they refinish it, but someone said they spray the whole thing with something.
You've worked fiberglass, you know how fast the stuff dries. It doesn't take long to patch with a little cloth or webbing. Sand it level and you just mask it off and spray the entire tub. That would take longer than the patch or it wouldn't even take a half day.
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You've worked fiberglass, you know how fast the stuff dries. It doesn't take long to patch with a little cloth or webbing. Sand it level and you just mask it off and spray the entire tub. That would take longer than the patch or it wouldn't even take a half day.
I understand filling in the hole, but I don't understand how they do the rest or what they use. It is some sort of special sprayer?

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I understand filling in the hole, but I don't understand how they do the rest or what they use. It is some sort of special sprayer?
Once the hole is filled you use a primer on the spot. Then scuff sand the rest of the tub and the finish sprays on like any paint. Sherwin wiliams sells a bathtub recoating paint. https://www.sherwin-williams.com/hom...m-tile-doc-kit I'm sure every company makes something similar.
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Once the hole is filled you use a primer on the spot. Then scuff sand the rest of the tub and the finish sprays on like any paint. Sherwin wiliams sells a bathtub recoating paint. https://www.sherwin-williams.com/hom...m-tile-doc-kit I'm sure every company makes something similar.
Oh OK I had no idea that I could buy a kit. Thanks

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Oh OK I had no idea that I could buy a kit. Thanks
It's been a long time since I've used the finish but it worked as easily as any paint. Like you I was trying to fix up a house for the purpose of putting it on the market. I started to try to find a bathtub resurfacing company to do that when I talked to the manager at Sherwin Williams and he suggested the resurfacing kit so I did that. Have no idea how long the stuff last but really fixed up the tub up for the sale. The one I did looked like someone sanded it with coarse paper and rubbed dirt in it. You couldn't clean it at all. The bottom of the tub up 3" was gray in color from the grunge.
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