Sure, gussy it up. But be careful. iStockphoto.com hide caption toggle caption iStockphoto.com Shots - Health News Chemical Used For Stripping Bathtubs Kills 13 February 24, 2012 Bathtub refinishing has become a popular remodeling project. But a chemical used in the process produces highly toxic fumes. And it's not just sold just to the pros; it's also in dozens of products sold in home-improvement stores. Researchers say people should be very careful using solvents in the home.