What is Bathtub Refinishing? Bathtub Refinishing is a process where the enamel on the bathtub is worn, discolored or a color that is out-of-date is restored to a newer easier to clean finish. This method, as explained later below, can be done on all types of surfaces. Porcelain, steel, fiberglass, acrylic, cultured marble, Vikrell and plastic mobile home tubs can be refinished. Beware of sales tactics from our local area refinishing competitors whom claim they use coatings developed for the Aerospace Industry. That is simply untrue. Those types of finishes cost thousands of dollars to purchase and are only sold to federal licensed & qualified professionals.
*Contemporary bathtubs. Contemporary bathtubs are surrounded by 2 or 3 walls that are not one piece with a tile or prefab type of surround. They have a front and sometimes a side skirt. Though most commonly these types of fixtures are made of cast iron they can be constructed with steel, cultured marble or any other substrate type.
* Enclosures bathtub/shower stall. Enclosures are one piece stand up units that have a skirt, 3 surrounding walls and sometimes a dome overhead. They are most commonly one piece but can also be installed as components in some newer construction. They can be made of fiberglass which is most common, acrylic, Vikrell, plastic or cultured marble.
* Our apologies Glaze Pro does not offer refinishing of antique claw-foot or pedestal tubs as we do not have a facility at this time. We will only service claw-footed bathtubs in a spray booth. We also do not offer on job site refinishing due to previous refinishing, accessibility to all sides of the fixture and faucet/shower head issues. Currently we have no way to move, transport or restore these types of tubs at this time. We are working in the foreseeable future to start offering services to refinish and restore these hard to find antique bath fixtures.
There are two methods used by bathtub refinishing companies today. One procedure is using a chemical known as glass etch for glass surfaces. Fiberglass and acrylic is etched by sanding. This process is being used by fewer bathtub refinishers today. Using a glass etch will continue etching through the porcelain glaze if not properly neutralized. After etching or sanding the surface is wet sanded, an epoxy base coat and a topcoat is applied. The problem with this procedure is not how well an epoxy base coat adheres to the surface, but how well the topcoat adheres to the base coat. Also an epoxy resin is not compatible with any type of acrylic or polyester resin! This procedure is respectably an outdated method. This is referred to as mechanical bonding.
Another procedure which is common in refinishing companies involves a solvent cleaning of the original substrate then applying a wipe on silane bonding agent to an un-etched un-prepped surface, then applying a top coat without a primer. This process saves a refinisher time because the ease of application and quicker preparation but can result in a high failure rate if the surface is not thoroughly prepped and clean, or if inferior products and inexperienced technicians are used. This is commonly referred to as molecular bonding.
Our bathtub refinishing method receives a lot of scrutiny from local and regional competitors. That being said we refuse to boast how our procedure is superior to other methods. We let our customer reviews, track record and reputation for delivering a long lasting quality product speak for itself! Why settle for a low cheap price that will most likely result in a delaminated finish when you are already saving 80% or more versus replacement? It only costs a little more to have a lot better so why would you consider going the cheapest? Refinishing is a skilled profession that takes many years to learn and master! Choose wisely. Choose our experience and our commitment to quality!
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