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Refinishing Old Cast Iron Tub vs New Acrylic Tub?

Mike A
last month
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I am about to have work done on my bathroom, including a complete demo rebuilding of walls and re-tiling. I have an old cast iron tub in there currently, probably 50+ years old if I had to guess (house was built in 1946). I was researching ideas for new bathtub and was going to get acrylic, but everything I've read says that cast iron is much better and more durable.

Would it be better to keep the cast iron tub and have it refinished or better to replace with a new acrylic tub? There are no major chips or cracks in it. Here are some pictures for reference.

Thanks in advance.

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