Rusty Tub

Discussion in 'Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Toy, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. Toy

    Toy New Member

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    Please explain why my tub keeps rusting like this. I've applied CLR (Calcium Lime & Rust) 3 times and it keeps going back to its usual stage. What can I do to save me some money or should I just call a professional?

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  2. Reach4

    Reach4 Active Member

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    Is that the only place with such rust? The inside of your toilet tank is not rusty?

    Is the finish all worn off there? If not , try putting a plastic container over that spot, and see if the rust is dripping down from the shower head.
  3. Toy

    Toy New Member

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    It's the only place. I don't think it's the shower head. And yes the finish is worn.
  4. Reach4

    Reach4 Active Member

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    Search for tub refinishing OR reglaze in your favorite search engine. I don't have personal experience with that, but you should find a lot of references in a search engine.
  5. dj2

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    I would look into replacing the tub.

    You can re-glaze it for about $300, and it would last 2-5 years.
    You can clean it weekly - for the price of a cleaner.
    Or you can install a new tub: an enamel steel tub (about $225 + labor) is good for 10-20 years. Cast iron (Kohler is around $400 + labor) is good for longer. YMMV.
  6. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Are you sure that's not rust from the water?
    Often we get a bit of rust in the tub from the galvanized pipes.
    Even a home run in copper may have galvanized pipe for the tub spout.
  7. Toy

    Toy New Member

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    Just that little spot will cost me $300?. Wow!! I'm just a renter. I showed the landlord, he humped his shoulders and said it could be iron in the water that's causing it. Which means he didn't care I guess. I probley won't be replacing the tub nor reglazing for that price. But thanks so much!
  8. Toy

    Toy New Member

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    Yea he stated that it could be the water. But he said the water could have iron in it.
  9. Reach4

    Reach4 Active Member

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    Try putting a plastic container over that spot, and see if the rust is dripping down from above.
  10. Toy

    Toy New Member

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    Ok going to try that now. Keep you posted!
  11. dj2

    dj2 Member

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    Re-glazers do entire tubs.

    About the landlord: the least he could offer you was a whole house filter ($20 + $6 for a filter at Lowes). Ask him about it.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2013
  12. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    IT looks like an enameled steel tub and if so the finish is gone in that area and the steel is rusting through it. I would never invest a penny into refinishing a steel tub, nor would I install one, unless the customer bought it so I did not have to guarantee its performance or durability.
  13. Toy

    Toy New Member

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    Its not leaking.
  14. Reach4

    Reach4 Active Member

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    I guess you could try car wax on the spot after you clean the rust off, and dry the spot after each tub use. Reapply wax as needed.


    Read about https://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=116

    I have no personal knowledge of it. I don't know how it would be as a touch up vs covering the whole tub. Consult with the landlord beforehand.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2013
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