Frequently Asked Questions Bath resurfacing

Resurfacing will normally take between 3 and 4 hours. If the bath has been re-enamelled before it will take closer to 5 hours. All of our technicians have at least 10 years experience so they are FAST because they know what they are doing and have been resurfacing baths for many years.

We resurface your bath that day. We spend time preparing the bath and the bathroom. We don’t make money by doing 2 or 3 baths a day, rushing or skimping on preparation, safety or materials. We do your bath that day and make sure we do a great job.

We can resurface or re-enamel your bath if you live anywhere in Cape Town or the Western Cape.

Bakoven, Bantry Bay, Camps Bay, Clifton, Fresnaye, Green Point, Hout Bay, Llandudno, Mouille Point, Sea Point, Three Anchor Bay

Northern Suburbs

Bellville, Brackenfell, Bothasig, Brooklyn ,Delft ,Durbanville ,Eersteriver ,Edgemead ,Elsie’s, River ,Goodwood ,Kensington ,Kraaifontein ,Kuils, River ,Loevenstein ,Maitland ,Milnerton ,Monte, Vista ,Panorama ,Parow ,Plattekloof ,Rugby ,Thornton

Southern Suberbs

Bergvliet, Bishopscourt, Claremont, Constantia, Diep, River, Grassy, Park, Harfield, Village, Heathfield, Kenilworth, Kenwyn, Kirstenhof, Kreupelbosch, Lansdowne, Lotus, River, Meadowridge, Mowbray, Newlands, Observatory, Pinelands, Plumstead, Retreat, Rondebosch, Rosebank, SouthField, Tokai, Wynberg, Wetton, Fish Hoek

Western Suburbs

Atlantis, Bloubergstrand, Darling, Mamre, Melkbosstrand, Milnerton, Montague Gardens, Parklands, Table View, West Beach, Bantry Bay. Camps Bay, Clifton, Fresnaye, Green Point, Mouille Point, Sea Point, Three Anchor Bay, Bo-Kaap, Gardens, Higgovale, Oranjezicht, Salt River, Tamboerskloof, Vredehoek, Woodstock, Zonnebloem

Properly cared for the bath will last in excess of 15 years. We have re enamelled baths over 20 years ago that are still going strong and look great. We have also had baths that have been badly chipped by tenants in the first 3 years and needed to be refinished again. With normal care and wear and tear we would expect the resurfaced item to last for many years. 

We just need the bathroom cleared. All your soaps, shampoo and towels etc should taken out of the bathroom or put away. The technician will be masking your whole bathroom. If you can put away anything that might get in the way that would be very helpful.


Our most popular request is to resurface the colour to white. We can even change the whole bathroom suite to white if requested. We can also resurface your bath or bathroom to any colour you wish. 

Re-enamelling is an extensive process whereby the bath is taken away and re-enamelled as it would have been done originally. The enamel is vitreous enamel which is a type of glass. The bath will be heated at a very high temperature to melt the vitreous enamel and bond it to the bath. It’s not a cheap option.

Bath Resurfacing is a process of repairing any damage to the bath such as chips or lime scale damage. Then a priming agent is applied. Once done the new surface is applied. It should be sprayed on. The new surface is not a vitreous enamel. It’s a special hard wearing paint. It was initially developed for use on aircraft. Durability is it’s calling card. It is also very flexible and very difficult, although not impossible, to chip.

As far as Bathline  is concerned we use the best system there is to do the job. 

We pride ourselves in excellent workmanship and preparatory work.  We feel, due to the time and care taken to do a good job Bathline is the best company to do the job.

We have a very effective bonding agent that ensures the new surface adheres to the old and stays there. The new surface is very, very, very hard wearing and not prone to the damage that can be caused by modern cleaners. Resurfacing can be done in-situ.

In the early 90’s when we were first resurfacing baths most resurfacers did describe what they were doing as “re-enamelling”. Not to be deceptive but just to communicate what they were doing. Since that time a couple of new company’s have sprung up that do re-enamel. Therefore resurfacing as a term became more common. However some company’s do still say they re-enamel when they are really resurfacing. Even we say we are re-enamelling sometimes, just from habit.

If someone says they can come and re-enamel your bath in-situ they mean they can resurface it.

Refinishing is the same process as resurfacing a bath in situ.

No you can’t. Hair dyes have pigments of colour and by nature they are designed to penetrate. If you dye your hair in the bath the dye is very likely to penetrate the surface and stain the bath. If you do dye your hair at home we strongly recommend you do not do so in a newly resurfaced bath.

Most people who have old cast iron baths, roll top, slipper baths etc would not want to replace it with a modern bath. So re-enamelling is a good solution to making a quality bath look and feel new.

Replacing a bath with a “cheap” bath rarely works out that way. Unless the new bath is the same size as the old one there can be additional decorative costs. Tiling and flooring may need to be replaced. Add to that the cost of taking away the old bath and fitting the new. What might look like a couple of hundred pounds can turn out to be a lot more.

The last consideration is the hassle involved in replacing the bath. It can be quite a few days of work with different workmen- tilers, carpenters etc coming through your house.

When you resurface the job is completed that day. You have a lovely looking bath with minimum disruption to you.

We always clean up. Sometimes we are asked not to clean the area after us as the person prefers to do so themselves. Just let us know before hand. Our technicians are all trained in bath resurfacing rather than cleaning so they may not be perfect sometimes. If the technician is about to leave and you don’t feel he has cleaned up to your satisfaction please let him know before hand and he will happily rectify this. We do not send our chaps back to a property to clean up so it is important to check you are happy before we leave.

There are numerous re-enamelling, resurfacing, refinishing and reglazing company’s. Many use almost exactly the same system we use. So what’s the difference?

  1. We train all our technicians. None are self taught. They have to watch videos, answer questions, do practicals etc. They have to pass the training, which takes 2-4 weeks before we allow them to go out as approved technicians. Most of our chaps have at least 10 years experience, and many have a lot more. We have a name in the industry now as being the best and a standard to aspire to.
  2. We cover almost all of the Western Cape. You may be limited in who you choose by your location. We are probably the leading and best bath resurfacing company in Cape Town.
  3. We feel that as well as using the best products currently available to do the job of resurfacing your bath. Although the fact that our employees are highly trained specialists is more important than the materials. Someone can have the latest computer but if he doesn’t know how to use it then latest is not best. We are extremely particular and precise in our preparation. Our aim is to be the best bath resurfacing company you could possibly wish to choose.

We think the choice is easy. Choose BATHLINE!

Yes. We offer a standard 5 year warranty. The warranty covers general loss of adhesion or any other coating failure that can be attributed to workmanship or materials. 

Basins and chip repairs are generally covered by a 5 year warranty but in some instances we may not provide a warranty. For example if we have repaired a structurally damaged wash basin then we would not provide a warranty. Also we do not warranty cracked items as we have no way of telling if the crack is structural or not. If you have given us information so we can send you a quote in writing we will let you know how long the warranty is for your particular job. Please do ask if you are unsure.

Our Warranty does not cover accidental damage or misuse. For example if your tiler dropped something in the bath and chipped it.

We strongly recommend you do not use a bath mat. The suction pads are very very strong and continual use can cause damage to the bath. Often we resurface baths due to the damage and staining a bath mat causes!

Resurfacing a bath on average costs R1900 to R2500 and can increase to R4500 for a Victorian Bath. Most cast iron units have an enamel coating that can chip or crack. Much like reglazing, this process includes acid washing the surface and applying a coating in a color of your choice

People use the term “Bath Enamelling or “Bath ReEnamelling” to mean two different services. One of these is the spraying of a new coating onto your bath. This is normally done without removing the bath. The taps, overflow and the waste are left on the bath.

The tiles are not touched. And the job is generally completed in a day. It is very hassle free and a lot less disruptive than removing the bath. When people talk about having your bath re enamelled in situ, this is the process they are talking about.

This is the service we deliver. It can be confusing for the customer as this service is called Bath Enamelling as well as Bath  Re Enamelling

We can take an old worn bath that is rough to the touch, hard to clean, has lime-scale and perhaps covered in stains with a dirty tide mark and transform it into a bright, shiny bath that is smooth and easy to clean.

We don’t need to take out the bath to do this. We do not need to remove or loosen the taps, the overflow or the waste.

We get the job done in a day and the bath is fully usable the next.

Usually more cost-effective than swapping it for something new, refinishing a bathtub saves you the time and effort involved in a larger bathroom remodeling project. Plus, it allows you to preserve an older design, such as an antique clawfoot tub, that adds character to a bathroom but has seen better days.

Both Porcelain baths and enamel baths are coated with a layer of enamel. Both of these baths tend to have a glossy white appearance and they tend to have similar weights, so it is actually quite difficult to tell the two apart initially. The easiest way to tell is to test a magnet on your bath. If it attracts, you most likely have an enamel bath as enamel baths cover steel and iron baths whereas porcelain covers a larger range of materials.