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What is bathtub refinishing?
Bathtub and tile refinishing, or
reglazing as its sometimes called, is a process in which a coating is applied
over a substrate such as enamel, ceramic or porcelain. Back
2. Do you use porcelain
to refinish my tub?
No. The application of
porcelain is a firing process which requires the tub to be heated to about
1800°F and cannot be done within the confines of your home. We use
an etching solution in combination with a two layer coating system. Our
coatings are a high-build, two part Epoxy primer and an Aliphatic Acrylic
Urethane top coat. Back
does the process consist of?
We begin the process
by removing the caulking from around the tub and thoroughly cleaning the surface
with scouring powder and scuff pads. Surfaces that have been painted or glazed
before must be tested for both proper adhesion and compatibility with the new
coating. Any coating that fails these tests must be removed with the use
of a chemical paint stripper. This is referred to as stripping. Removal
of this old coating will allow the new
material to bond directly to the substrate.
After the fixture is clean and
dry, a blend of acids is used on the surface. This blend is used to condition
porcelain, glass, ceramic and vitreous china surfaces. These acids break down
the surface of the substrate, creating a porous, etched surface. Etching is like
sanding a surface before it is painted. It gives the applied material something
to 'bite' into. These acid blends also pull moisture from the substrate and help
kill surface rust. Once the acid wash is complete, the acid is neutralized and
Next the surface is inspected for
small holes, chips, scratches and damage caused by chemical or water erosion. These areas
are repaired using a composite polyester filler. This fill compound
is built up, shaped and sanded to blend in the damaged area and produce a
uniform surface to spray. Then any contaminates that may be left on the surface
are removed to assure proper adhesion of the new finish to the porcelain or
With the use of professional grade
masking papers, tapes and drop cloths, the area surrounding the fixture is
covered to protect it from over spray. Caulking is also applied at this
time, if applicable. At this point the preparation is complete.
Our coating consists of two separate materials that are sprayed
onto the surface of the
fixture. The first of these is a two component, quick dry, high
build, epoxy primer system. We use this epoxy primer for its corrosion
protection, adhesion qualities and its ability to hide
minor imperfections. Three coats of this material are applied in about 10-15 minutes time.
The second material used in our
coating process is an aliphatic acrylic urethane topcoat. This is
basically a plastic coating without heavy metals such as
lead. Use of this sprayed on, non-porous urethane not only provides
excellent protection against staining, it leaves a high gloss finish that is
resistant to impacts, chemicals and moisture. This is accomplished through
a resin rich layer that rises to the top of the refinished surface as it dries.
Three coats of this white or color tinted material are applied in about 10-15 minutes. This completes
the refinishing process.
After this process is complete the
refinisher will remove the equipment and drop-cloths from the home, leaving the
masking paper and tape surrounding the refinished surface. Since the
surface is still wet, removal of the masking material would cause damage to the
finish. For this reason we ask that the customer remove this masking after
24 hours have passed. This also helps prevent excess dust from landing on
the wet surface.
In it's entirety, bathtub
refinishing can be completed within 2-4 hours and larger projects, such as tub
and tile refinishing, can usually be completed in one day. The process is
the same for both tub and tile refinishing. When they are refinished
together, the coating will create a water proof barrier that will protect
the grout and caulking from mold, mildew and dry-wall rot. The refinished
fixture(s) can be put back into use after 24-48 hours. Back
How is the coating applied? Can you tell the tub has been refinished?
The two coatings, the primer and the
top coat, are applied through the use of two high volume, low pressure spray
guns. We spray the coatings to get the smoothest, most glossy finish
possible. These sprayed coatings simulate the look and feel of the
original surface. Back
How long does the process take?
Generally, the process of refinishing
a single bathtub takes 2-4 hours to complete. Refinishing tile with the tub, however, will require additional time. Most
bathroom tub and tile refinishing projects can be completed in one day.
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