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Refinishing is a process by which the old worn surface is given a new luster through the application of re-enameling.
First we clean the surface from any dirt, soap scum, body oils, or anything else that may be trapped with the crevices of the worn porcelain. After it is completely clean, we etch the surface with a muriatic acid solution, which etches the surface and further works to eliminate any residing bacteria. A thin coat of primer is applied followed by three coats of Acrylic Polyurethane. This is applied in flash coats and is built from light, to medium, to heavy.
This is truly dependent on the condition of the tub and what has to be done in the way of preparation but the average time is between 3 to 5 hours.
After the process is completed the surface must be allowed to dry for a minimum of 24 hours before use. There will be subsequent curing during the next 30 days, however over 90% of the curing is complete within the first 24 hours and it is perfectly fine to use after this time.
A realistic expectation is between 5 and 10 years. This is dependent upon several factors, however. First, the condition of the new surface to begin with; second, how often the new surface is used; and third, the care that is taken of the new surface. For example, a tub that is badly worn will not have the lifespan of a tub that is moderately worn. As for use, a tub that serves as a guest bath will last longer than a tub that has several uses per day. Just a tile that gets no use will have an indefinite lifespan as well. As for care, the proper cleaners must be used and often enough so that the surface does not suffer from the natural damage that oils, dirt, and soap scum do.
This truly depends on the condition of your tub. While resurfacing is a unique process it is not a re-porcelainization or a relayering of the material that was on it before. It is a synthetic material and as such you are subject to find previous imperfections. Porcelain and steel tubs have much better success rates than fiberglass or cultured marble however in achieving the newest look possible.
Anything non-abrasive is generally fine, however we do recommend that you read the label to be certain there is no clear cut warning against use on refinished surfaces, as some cleaners may have chemicals in them that will be harmful. Any abrasives, like Comet, or mild abrasives, like Soft Scrub, can damage the surface and greatly decrease the lifespan. For heavy soap scum build up, a light scrub pad may be used, but not often.
A bathmat can be used, but ONLY one WITHOUT suction cups. These can generally be purchased at bed & bath specialty stores. If you have a hard time finding one, we can specially order for you. Another alternative is the bathtub strips that you stick to the surface, however be aware that they cannot be removed without potentially damaging the surface.
This will not hinder the ability to refinish your tub, however more than likely it will have to be stripped to it original surface before the process can begin. This procedure is not only more labor intensive, but will take longer to complete and incur an additional cost.
No. Tile, sinks, and countertops can also be refinished depending on the substrate from which the fixture is made.
Porcelain and ceramic are the most common and tend to provide the best results. However, fiberglass and and cultured marble can also resurfaced. Acrylics and ABS plastic surfaces cannot as they have a tendency to melt or shrink.
We use best quality material on the market, taking into consideration safety of your family as well as ourselves. Our product is isocyanite and lead free, which rules out short or long-term damage. As with almost any renovation process of this nature, there is an inconvenience of odor, however this fades as the surface dries. The availability of proper ventilation will also aid in this process.