Change the Color of a Marble Whirlpool Tub

Tired of your old tub's color? See if it is possible for you to change the appearance of it.


Your home improvement questions, answered by professionals from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), an association of remodeling professionals committed to providing consumers with high standards of quality, honesty, integrity, and responsibility.

Question:

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Can you change the color of a marble whirlpool tub? I love the tub but am just tired of the green from the 1980s. Is it possible to change the color?

Answer:

It's not really possible to change the color of marble, but you can change the finish. Faded stone can be cleaned and polished. You can also sand or hone the surface to give it a completely different finish and texture. The grout can also be cleaned and/or colored.

Another thought is that you could have cultured marble, which is a type of solid surface made from a mix of polyester resin and marble stone dust. In all my years in the remodeling industry, I have never seen anyone paint cultured marble. If you search online, however, you will find instructions for doing so. If you have cultured marble and wish to paint it, I would advise you to first check with the manufacturer to see if this is possible, then talk with the owner of a paint store for information about the proper preparation, primer, and paint.

Answered by: Craig Knott, Certified Remodeler, National Association of the Remodeling Industry

About Craig

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Craig Knott, certified remodeler (CR), is the owner and president of Houseworks Unlimited, Inc., a Maryland award-winning, full-service remodeling company specializing in design-build. Since 1990 it has built a reputation in the Washington and Baltimore metro areas as a provider of unsurpassed-quality construction and superior service. Its 25-plus years of experience in residential construction give it the ability to provide homeowners with the knowledge and expertise needed to complete their projects.

Since 1994 Houseworks Unlimited, Inc. has been a member in good standing with NARI. In 1996 Knott completed the rigorous program to become a CR, a designation awarded by the prestigious NARI. The association has very strict standards for this designation and has designated fewer than 50 remodeling contractors in the entire state of Maryland. In 2003 Knott established NARI of Mid-Maryland, a new chapter of which he was the president for the first two years.

Before starting Houseworks Unlimited, Inc. Knott worked as a master carpenter for other contractors and realized he could provide better service and quality craftsmanship. He built his company on hard work, integrity, and solid customer relations.

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