Buying a second-hand roll top bath

Cast Iron baths were first mass-produced in the late 1800s and have remained in style ever since. This is due to their classical elegance, and whilst other trends come and go, the roll top remains. Not only have they been around forever, they are also very robust and in most cases will outlive their first owners. Given the above, there are a lot of baths to choose from on the market.

With so many around, how do you choose the bath that is right for you? If you have decided to ‘redo’ your bathroom and want to move on to a roll top bath, then the first place to start would be to measure your space, as most roll tops will be larger than a standard modern bath. Don’t forget to take into consideration the area required for any wall tiles you might need to put up.

Cast baths come in numerous shapes and sizes but the main categories would be single ended, double ended, slipper (raised back) and torpedo (bath tapers towards the outlet).

Having decided on what size and shape bath you want, it is now time to go shopping. There are many places you can find a second hand roll top bath, such as scrap yards, auction houses and even online auction sites. So how do you know what to look for and what to avoid? This article will try to help by pointing out some really important details to consider when buying a second hand bath.

It is not a problem if the bath has some surface rust as this will be treated during our preparation process before resurfacing the bath, or if it is discoloured as we will be covering the bath surface with our specialist coating material, bring the surface back to shiny white finish.  

Avoid buying a bath that has been sitting outside for an extended period of time, or used as a trough or planter, or one that has been sandblasted. The elements will have degraded the surface and make the vitreous enamel powdery and not fit for resurfacing.

Remember, when collecting your newly purchased bath, they are very heavy so you will need help in loading the bath onto your trailer. 

We carry out most of our bath restoration in situ, so we will recommend you complete all other bathroom works before we come in and restore the bath.  If we are just restoring the inside of your bath, we recommend the bath is plumbed in and the taps are installed. We also offer an option for us to restore the bath in one of our spray booths, give us a call to discuss this option further.  

COVID 19 Policy

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Health & Safety has always been one Mendabath UKs’ top priorities and we are constantly updating our Health & Safety policy in line with government and industry specific advice.

Before confirming an appointment slot each job will be risk assessed over the phone, with an overall goal of keeping everyone safe.    

Quotes & Pricing

When it comes to quoting, each enquiry is dealt with individually and quoted specifically to your needs. 

We do not supply estimates but a formal quote.  Thus you have the peace of mind knowing upfront exactly what our services will cost, we do not add additional costs such as replacement of sealant or parking after the fact. 

In order to supply you with a quote as quick as possible provide at least one picture. We will then establish the best solution for your repair or resurface.

Why Mendabath?

  • Fully guaranteed & insured services.
  • Health and safety compliant and CSCS technicians.
  • Operating in the UK for over 35 years.
  • Exclusively manufactured materials.
  • Wide range of standard colours.
  • No mess, no fuss, non-intrusive process with your bathroom back in service in 24 hours.
  • Committed to delivering outstanding customer service.
  • Restoring your sanitary ware is an eco-friendly alternative to replacement.

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Upload an Image

For full resurfacing, please upload an overview picture of the bath, sink or shower tray.

For cosmetic repairs, please upload a close-up picture of the damage.


Quotes & Pricing

When it comes to quoting, each enquiry is dealt with individually and quoted specifically to your needs. 

We do not supply estimates but a formal quote.  Thus you have the peace of mind knowing upfront what exactly our services will cost, we do not add additional costs such as replacement of sealant or parking after the fact. 

In order to supply you with a quote we will ask you for a few pictures so we can establish the best solution for your repair or resurface. 

Fill out the form to receive a free no obligation quote.

Your Details



Upload an Image

For full resurfacing, please upload an overview picture of the bath, sink or shower tray.

For cosmetic repairs, please upload a close-up picture of the damage.


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World of Colour

If you are unsure what colour your bath is or what colour you’d like it to be, get in touch and we can discuss the options.

White

01 Blue

010 Pink

03 Green

08 Pink

Albany

Almond

Apricot

Ashgrey

Avocado

Azure Blue

Bahama Beige

Bali Brown

Black

Burmuda Blue

Cabernet

Champagne

Cheese

Coffee

Elm Green

English Avocadoado

Flamingo

Grey

Harvest

Honeysuckle

Indian Ivory

Jasmine

Kalahari

Kashmir Beigee

Linden Green

M-A-B Yellow

Minkv

Off White

Orchid

Pampas

Primrose

Reef Gold

Savannah

Seagreen

Sienna

Signal Red

Sorrento Blue

Sunking

Turquoise

Whisper Blue

Whisper Green

Whisper Grey

Whisper Pink