Vintage clawfoot tubs are known for their sturdy cast iron construction and resilient interior porcelain coating. However, even the most durable of objects wear down over time and use. Neglect, constant exposure to moisture, or years of cleaning can eventually damage the painted cast iron exterior of the tub causing rust to form. Even the tough porcelain interior may chip and stain over time.
Restoring a cast iron bath tub is not an easy task. Repair of the exterior involves sandblasting or grinding the exterior, smoothing the surface by additional fine sanding and applying coatings, and repainting. Resurfacing the porcelain interior requires help from a bathtub restoration professional. It is highly recommended that you receive and contact references prior to committing to a tub restorer.
An alternative to restoring an original tub is purchasing an authentic reproduction. Shop 4 Classics cast iron bath tubs feature the finest porcelain interiors. The exteriors are crafted of cast iron, sanded smooth, primed, and finished. Reproduction cast iron bath tubs are available in many sizes and styles. Therefore, you should be able to find a tub that is the perfect fit for your bathroom.