(206) 949-5683, Top Rated Plumber, Seattle
Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Budget tub shopping questions.

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    DIY Junior Member ndog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    13

    Default Budget tub shopping questions.

    backstory: I'm in the middle of doing a bath facelift and after tearing down the tile surround I managed to scratch the porcelain coating in my tub that I was planning on keep despite the drop-cloths and plywood; first problem in 25 years of daily use in that tub.

    I was going to just get another american standard porcelain steel tub since this one held up perfectly, but decided to search here first and found the many many threads saying don't buy one. I'm wondering did I get lucky or were 1987 american standard steel tubs a lot better then they are now?

    Since I wasn't planning on replacing the tub and don't really have the budget for it; I'm shopping low end. Is a lyon's acrylic better then an AS or crane steel? Does anyone have any real info on lyon's? A search only turned up one problem thread but it sounded like an install error caused the issue. I've seen several threads saying buy acrylic if you can't afford cast iron/composite but are all acrylic tubs ok?

    I've seen the suggestions of setting it in mud if allowed by the instructions; is there a particular brand/product that I should buy? Or if they're all the same can I have a name of one that would work properly?

    Finally the scratches are down to the metal my fingernail gets caught in them if I rub at them. The best course of action here is a new tub right?

    Thanks again everyone.

  2. #2
    DIY Member TWEAK's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Bay Area CA
    Posts
    83

    Default

    Personally I ONLY like cast iron tubs... I know acrylic is very popular but after years of use (or if someone uses comet cleanser a time or two) it's more likely to show its age. Cast iron IMO holds up much better.

    Here in the states Home Depot has the Kohler Villager cast iron in white for something like US$300. Volume speaks! That's a great deal if you need a 5 foot alcove tub with an apron. They have left and right drain.

    If you can't spring for the iron tub, as I said I personally wouldn't screw with an acrylic... there are places that can come to your house and repair those enamel tubs. I had it done once on a rental I owned... worked real well... no one would ever notice the repair.

  3. #3
    DIY Junior Member ndog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    13

    Default

    Cast iron would be nice unfortunately we pay more for some things for really no reason; I'll have to check out hd but the list price on that tub is $688 here (usd and cad are 1=1.) If it was a matter of $300 I'd get cast iron and lug it in. I'm going out tomorrow to hit the box stores and plumbing supply places, unless the retail prices are way way under list, I can't afford $700 for a new tub and just a regular 5' with apron tub at that. I've been reading a lot about the refinishing and I'm just worried about spending what amounts to the same price as a basic tub for a repair that might not last. Are the inexpensive products really that bad?

  4. #4
    Forum Admin, Expert Plumber Terry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Bothell, Washington
    Posts
    14,209
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Many plumbers use cast iron or Americast.
    Americast is made by American Standard.

    I like some of the acrylic tubs too.

    Plumbers don't care much for steel tubs.
    They chip easily.

    I would never refinish a tub unless it is a tub left in place and you aren't changing the tile.
    If you are changing tile, then the tub would be replaced.

  5. #5
    DIY Junior Member Nornee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Calgary AB
    Posts
    5

    Default

    I'm in Canada too.
    Rona is having a 15% off anything sale tomorrow only (Sat Apr 24)...you might get something fairly inexpensivie. I managed to pick up a tub at Home Depot last week (during their 10% off bath stuff). An Eleganceplus acrylic soaker tub cost me $240, regular almost $300. I got more than 10% off! I've had 2 plumbers look at and say it's pretty decent.

  6. #6
    DIY Junior Member ndog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    13

    Default

    I went to look today: home depot, lowes, rona, a local hardware store and a plumbing supply. Not a single one stocks cast iron or americast(brand or type) all are special order and astronomically high. It looks like my options are sterling vykril, lyons acrylic, maax acrylic, mirolin fibreglass, american standard enamelled steel or crane enamelled steel. Not super happy about my prospects at this point.
    Last edited by ndog; 04-23-2010 at 10:48 PM.

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •