Contemplating having your tub or even tile refinished? There are many products on the market used by professional refinishers. Most are resin, i.e. epoxy or acrylics. The refinishing process for professional result requires some special equipment, procedures and experience in preparation of the surface. Why refinish? Tubs, older ones that are cast iron are expensive, and replacement involves working with walls and structure. Even the modern fiberglass or acrylic tubs will require substantial breach of wall board and other construction. This can be trying and expensive.
How Long Do You Have to Wait to Use Tub After Reglazing?
Most refinishing can be accomplished in one day, with about a 24-hour cure time. This means instead a week’s project; you can be back into your bathroom in about 36 hours max.
DIY VS Professional Bathtub Refinishing
Downside, many of these materials used in refinishing can cause skin, eye and lung irritation if the proper equipment and procedures are not used. After all, all refinishing products are chemicals, with others like anti-slip compound as well as anti-fisheye are other products in the chemical arsenal. Done correctly the refinishing job has no appreciable effects on the homeowner.
Epoxy & Resin Coating Products Used in Bathtub Refinishing
Most products are based on epoxies. Epoxies are resins and go by the name of polyepoxides and are reactive prepolymer and polymers. There are synthetic polymers, i.e. plastics and natural polymers found in your DNA and those that make up proteins. As such the word polymer is derived from the Greek word meaning much. As such polymers are long chains of repeating molecules. Anyway, epoxies when cured create a tough attractive surface capable of handling abrasion (epoxy garage floor paint) and are resistant to chemicals. They leave a surface that resembles ceramic finishes (tubs) or acrylics (plastic tubs, surrounds and shower stalls) that make them ideal refinishing materials for tubs, sinks, counters and tile. Epoxies are heat resistant, or at least more so than other common finishing materials such latex and alkyd-based paints. The only downside is that epoxies will ‘chalk out’ under UV exposure, but we really are not concerned in bathrooms, as the principle source of UV is sunlight.
Prep products contain toluene, methylene chloride, acetone and methanol all of which are toxic or cause irritation of skin, eyes and lungs. Goggles or safety glasses, gloves that are resistant to chemicals and a respirator with chem filters not particle filters. The professional restorer knows about the characteristics of his arsenal of chemical products and the equipment needed to provide worker protection.
Bathroom, Kitchen & Laundry Tub, Sink, Counter & Tile Restoration
The results of restoring tub and tile are dramatic. These products properly applied will transform a bathroom from ‘blah’ to ‘wow’. Restoration is far more economical than tub or shower replacement. Kitchens can benefit from refinishing and there is a plethora of different products to provide just the look you want, though white dominates.
Bathtub, Sink, Shower & Countertop Resurfacing in Irving, Plano, Garland, Mesquite, Arlington & Greater Dallas, Texas
So, call a professional restorer and refinisher to spruce up that bathroom at minimal amounts. Most of the materials are mechanically sound, they just need the right ‘touch’. Call the pros at Chips Tubs & Tile Refinishing for a consultation and a quote.