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Repair of crack in bathtub

Question

Discovered a crack of 5 cm in the bathtub (not punched through or loose) after a family with kids visited for a couple of weeks. Moving out eventually will cost an arm and a leg. It is of the cheap plastic type. Does anyone know a professional who can fix it properly? Paint or nail polish or another DIY job is not good enough.

becasse

If it is a "plastic" bath-tub, replacing it is the only solution. If the same design is still available that shouldn't actually cost too much.

Sep 9, 2018 17:09
anon

There are plastic bath repair kits available, however they will not be invisible. As Becasse notes above, you may be better just replacing the bath.

To be honest, your best bet would be to get a white "scratch repair" kit from somewhere like Auto 5, for repairing scratches on plastic car bumpers.

Do it the day before your moving out inspection and don't let anyone use the bath. Hope that no one notices.

Sep 10, 2018 09:42
becasse

If it is a crack, as you said, the only solution is to replace the tub.

If it is a scratch (ie it is only on the surface and doesn't go right through), then a white scratch repair kit, used shortly before your moving out inspection, might, as has been suggested, be successful.

Sep 10, 2018 14:22
socrate

Thanks all. I'm not moving out until a couple of years or so, but I prefer to fix it now. It's not a surface scratch but a somewhat thick hairline crack and very slightly dented. Changing the tub (later) would entail breaking tiles on floor and wall.
The not so funny thing is that the landlord changed the good but aged tub when pipes were leaking below it, and when I requested that he get a decent/good quality tub, he said that they are expensive. I volunteered to contribute and he said he'll let me know, and next day he showed up with the cheapest piece of krap.

Sep 11, 2018 14:17
anon

Repairing a plastic tub invisibly will be virtually impossible (especially if it's dented).

If you really want to go down that route, try your household contents insurance policy who may be able to replace it under "accidental damage".

Sep 11, 2018 18:59
wezembeekwanderer

If it’s fairly new, it should still be under warranty. Ask the landlord.

Sep 13, 2018 00:03