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Bathtub refinishers chip away at yesteryear elegance

Rusty clawfoot tub morphs into Victorian gem

Q: Can you tell me how I can find a good bathtub refinisher who works in San Francisco? I am looking for a refinisher who will provide references from satisfied customers. A: It's time to hit the Yellow Pages or the Web. Look under "Bathtubs and Sinks – Repairing and Refinishing." Or go to www.google.com and do a search on the words "bathtub refinishing." Also try calling a salvage yard or two that specialize in restoration and ask for a recommendation. After culling all the ads, pick a half dozen refinishers and give them a call. Chat with them and ask about their process and costs. If any of them refuse to give you references, just move on to the next one. If you are lucky enough to have one of the fine old freestanding clawfoot tubs of yesteryear, you may want to take the tub to the refinisher rather then have the refinisher come to the tub. It's likely to save you a good deal of money. We've seen these tubs framed in to make poor imitations of modern tubs. We've seen the...

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