My tub has recently developed some 1" to 1 1/2" tub chips. I've already purchased the porcelain repair touch-up solution, but haven't gotten around to applying it yet. See the following photo.

Tub Chips

How long can we go on using the tub, and what are the side effects?

  • Those aren't tub chips. That is paint peeling. That is not porcelain. That's some kind of paint finish on plastic. – Paul Logan Nov 25 '17 at 16:59
  • Don't tempt the rust demons. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Nov 25 '17 at 17:26
  • @Harper Apparently that's paint peeling off plastic. – Snoop Nov 25 '17 at 17:36
  • Oh! Then get thee to a chandlery. They know how to fix fiberglass. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Nov 25 '17 at 17:38
  • @Harper there's nothing wrong with the actual fiber glass. It seems like the paint finish (or whatever it is) is just peeling off. – Snoop Nov 25 '17 at 17:40

That looks to be a porcelain tub painted over with an epoxy paint that was not done correctly. An epoxy paint over porcelain requires proper preparation of the surface. This does not appear to have sanding done prior to application. So best recommendation on a low budget is to buff with a tiger disc all the existing epoxy. Then clean extensively to remove soap scum and contaminants on the porcelain surface. Then call a qualified porcelain re-finisher to do a professional job. If this is a fiberglass tub, do the same as above and call a fiberglass re-finisher to do it correctly. Or replace the tub. Mold and rust are not something you want in your home or in your body...

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