What Are Your Options
These days, the homeowner who is looking to get their bathtub or countertop refinished has the option to choose from many different colors, textures and finishes. And while we have a full gallery of finished projects to review, many people have asked us about the process itself, and how the job is actually done.
While there are various colors, formulas and products that can applied to bathtubs, countertops and other surfaces, the work done to prepare the surface is typically the same no matter who is doing the work.
When having a bathtub refinished, the existing caulk around the tub is removed. Next, the technician will mask the surrounding tile, walls, floor and drain. The masking is done so that in the event of an over-spray, everything except the tub will be protected against damage. If the tub is made of porcelain or enamel, an acid is used to etch the surface so that the new glaze will have a surface to bond with. This step is essential, because otherwise the new surface could peel off.
Depending on what the glaze is made from, anywhere from two to five coats will be applied. The price to reglaze an existing porcelain tub will vary, so be sure to have one of our technicians provide you with a free estimate. It’s possible to have color added to the new surface being applied – ask about options. Depending on a number of factors including temperature, humidity, number of coats to be applied and other variables, your new tub should be ready within 48-36 hours.
Once your bathtub has been refinished, it’s important to note that you’ll need to keep it clean using liquids only – do not use harsh abrasives, as these may work themselves through the new surface and ruin the finish or reglaze that has just been applied.
Homeowners often ask how long this work will last – we’re confident in saying that with having a tub reglazed, and properly maintained, the new finish should last about 10 years. The key to having this work last a long time is that care is taken to properly maintain the surface – again, no harsh abrasives, cleaners or acids should be used once the bathtub has been refinished.