How to Remove a Bathtub Liner

Written by david montoya
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How to Remove a Bathtub Liner
Bathtub liners are notoriously hard to remove. (Bathroom image by Nikolay Okhitin from

Large bathtub repairs are one of the most difficult and costly repairs a homeowner will run into. Bathtubs are usually installed against a wall which makes their removal extremely difficult. One cost effective way to keep your old tub and make it look like new is to purchase a bathtub liner. These coverings are made from moulded porcelain and are shaped to the exact specifications of your bathtub. They can make your bathtub look brand new at a fraction of the cost of installing an entirely new tub. Liners do have one glaring downfall--they are extremely difficult to remove.

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Things you need

  • Knife
  • Prying tool
  • Rubbish bin
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Face mask

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  1. 1

    Look for the exterior sealant that glues the liner to the sides of the wall or to the floor and cut into it with a knife. This will break the seal and help you get underneath the liner for the removal process.

  2. 2

    Use any prying tool to get underneath the liner from the areas you just cut. This usually means you will be prying up against a wall or the floor.

  3. 3

    Position your prying tool underneath the liner and pry upward. Large chunks of the liner along with substantial cracks will start forming.

  4. 4

    Use the prying tool on the cracks that form during the removal process. The cracks are the weakest spots in the liner. You will be able to pry off larger pieces of the liner if you aim for these structurally weak areas.

  5. 5

    Continue this process until the liner has been completely ripped out of the bathtub.

  6. 6

    Dispose of the liner in a rubbish bin.

Tips and warnings

  • Removing a bathtub liner is very difficult and requires some expertise. You might be better off hiring a professional to remove the liner if you know little about liners and plumbing. This may prevent you from causing damage to the bathtub underneath and causing even more problems down the road.

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