What kind of bath do I have?

One of the first questions we will normally ask you is, ‘what kind of bath do you have’?  At Mendabath we are able to restore and resurface all types of baths however they all have their own unique characteristics and thus methods to prepare and restore them.  It is therefore important for us at the quoting stage to know what kind of bath you have. There are generally two types of baths; metal based or fibreglass/composite based baths.  Metal based baths cover both cast iron and pressed steel baths and have a vitreous enamel coating while fibreglass/ composite baths are all baths with a gel coating finish. 

The first step in determining if your bath is a metal or fibreglass bath is to get a magnet off the fridge and see if it will stick to the bath surface.  If it does you most certainly have a metal based bath which will either be cast iron or pressed steel bath. 

The most common metal based bath in the UK is a pressed steel bath.  These baths are made from steel with a thin layer of vitreous enamel coating over the sheet metal base.  These baths are fairly inexpensive and relatively hard wearing. The two main pitfalls of a pressed steel bath are; firstly there is a massive difference in the quality of pressed steel baths available for sale.  A poor quality bath will have an extremely thin layer of vitreous and will wear relatively quickly requiring the bath to be resurfaced or replaced. The other issue with pressed steel baths is that they tend to rust on the front lip and around the plug area and overflow.  Once a pressed steel bath starts rusting, in these areas our advice would be to replace the bath, as it is impossible to effectively treat and stop the rust from returning.    

Our favourite bath is the traditional cast iron bath, these can sometimes be the beautiful free standing roll tops or good old solid square edged boxed in baths.  Some square edged cast iron baths will have detailing around the edge enhancing their elegance. Given that commercially produced pressed steel baths have only been around since the late 50’s early 60’s, any bath older than this is almost certainly a cast bath. 

The casting process has been around for centuries tracing back to 1300bc in China, however this process was only first used to create baths as we know them in 1883.  Cast iron baths consist of a thick cast iron base and a covering of vitreous enamel which again is baked on, in a kiln at circa 1000 degrees Celsius. These baths are the most durable of the bath options and in many cases last well more than a lifetime, in fact with a cast iron bath, which can be resurfaced an infinite amount of times,  their life span is literally limitless. A cast iron bath will give you the most luxurious bathing experiences as they are generally wider and deeper than other baths and they hold the heat from the water better than all other bath types. If you have a cast iron bath, you will notice these baths are really heavy, so not very easy to replace or move. 

Acrylic baths are among the most popular baths at the moment.  The reason for this is their modern appearance, limitless shapes and sizes and cheaper cost of production making them the affordable option too.   An acrylic bath is easy to keep clean and fairly cost effective compared to a cast iron bath or pressed steel bath. However an acrylic bath can stain if the incorrect cleaners and bath products are used, they are also more susceptible to chipping than their vitreous enamel counterparts. Older acrylic baths also have a tendency to wrinkly and crack.  This can allow bacteria to grow within the cracking resulting in an unhygienic surface.

Whatever kind of bath you have, when it starts looking a bit tired contact Mendabath to see if it can be restored.  You can rest assured that if we do not think restoration is in your best interests we will recommend you look at replacement.  That is the advantage of using Mendabath as we guarantee all our work without exception. If we don’t believe it will last through the guarantee we will recommend replacement, giving you peace of mind that you are getting the best advice for your specific circumstances. 

COVID 19 Policy

Mendabath UK is committed to providing a save and Covid Secure environment for all our clients and technicians.

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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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