DIY Bathtub Repair

>> 1.21.2011

I have a confession, I've fallen into the bad blogger habit of only wanting to share the rainbow and sunshine posts- you know, the ones where every project turns out perfectly and every room is clean and organized. I have tried to share a few behind the scenes struggles (remember my table refinishing problems?), but now is the perfect time to share a big issue I had after redoing the bathroom.

I was in need of some major(ish) bathtub repair.

You see that horrible secret up there in the red circle? Probably not... let me zoom in:

Yep, my wonderful/ beautiful/ perfect/ splurge of a Kohler soaking tub had a chip in it! I still can't remember the details (blocked them out?), but for some reason I was using a hammer in the bathtub ONE MONTH after having it installed. Of course, I happened to drop the hammer in the tub and chipped its perfect, shiny finish right after getting it. I didn't want to blog about it because it just made me feel sad, hopeless, etc.

Thankfully, the nice people over at Multi-Tech Products guessed that I was the type to drop hammers in my tub asked me to do a review on one of their DIY repair kits! I didn't even know that these existed, but I was especially surprised to find out that they were so cheap!

The kit came with everything I needed to get the job done (don't you hate when you have to go to the hardware store for additional supplies?):

I followed the three step instructions that included a little prepping, a little mixing, and a little applying. If you don't count drying time, the whole thing took less than an hour!
Yep, that's the toilet laboratory... 

There's a slight difference (unnoticeable unless you're looking for it) in color of the finished product (they do give you toner to make a custom color with), but overall, it looks great! I especially love how smooth the tub feels now- the patched area feels exactly like the existing surface.

If you're interested in a DIY repair kit, refinishing product, non-slip tub application, you can check out Multi-Tech Products on the web: or by phone: 800-218-2066.

Even if you're not the type that ruins your own new bathtubs, can you imagine how much you could save by buying one with a tiny scratch and major discount then using a $30 kit to repair it!? I know I'm going to keep this option in my thrifty arsenal for the future. Oh, and for all of you who love free stuff, how about some FREE shipping? Just use this code: MTPTLB2011 in 2011.

Do you have any destructive tendencies? Any post-renovation repairs that need to be made?

*Within this review, any opinions expressed were strictly m-i-n-e.


Jamie Lee January 21, 2011 at 4:29 PM  

Oh I hate it when I mess up something that is still new. It makes my stomach churn and I feel completely wasteful if I can't fix it! It's so great that you were able to fix this. That kit seems really handy!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards January 21, 2011 at 6:25 PM  

Wow! This is good to know. We have an area we need to repair in our downstairs tub. Didn't even know this existed.

Kate@TwentySixToLife January 21, 2011 at 6:34 PM  

Nice job! This is totally something that would happen in my house. Between the animals and the husband nothing stays "new" for long :) Glad you were able to fix it!

Liz January 21, 2011 at 7:13 PM  

Thanks! I really didn't know stuff like this existed! I have a few chips in my cast iron tub, and it looks like they have something for that too. Cool.

Steph January 21, 2011 at 11:05 PM  

Bummer--but the repair looks great!

We used an kit from Elmers, and yours looks like it is much better.

We got a new garage door 3 months ago. Ours was original to the house--30 years old--and it broke.

Yesterday the emergency release cord (which was too long, and we kept meaning to shorten it) got stuck in the van door and I didn't notice. So I backed out, and it pulled the cord and bent part of the opener. We had to pay $100 to have them come check it out, and all he had to do was bend it back (we didn't know that of course) At least nothing had to be replaced!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog January 22, 2011 at 7:02 AM  

@Steph~ Ugh, I feel like garage doors always come up with problems- and they're so expensive to fix!

Tanja @ Postmodern Hostess January 22, 2011 at 5:23 PM  

I can relate completely! I've only recently been able to muster the courage to show our major issues... including the huge MESS that results from big projects. It's rather horrifying, but the before and afters never show the "durings."

Thanks so much for sharing your experience fixing the fiberglass. I had no idea there was such a product, but I'll store that away in the back of my mind for the inevitable day when I too do something mindless and need to fix the damage. :-)

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner January 22, 2011 at 8:21 PM  

Wow, that's awesome! Very impressive. And you make a good point about purchasing a tub with a minor scratch/chip and then just repairing it!

Jim January 23, 2011 at 12:44 PM  

Nicely done! And such a great tip in purchasing tubs with minor scratches for discounted price.

plumbing March 5, 2011 at 5:18 AM  

This is a very interesting article. Most often, people on blogs tend to only show the good side of their work but I find it more interesting if the blog is more about the project's flaws and how one can repair it.

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