As bathtubs age, they begin to look rough and constantly dingy and dirty no matter how much you scrub. People often think the best solution is to replace the tub, however, unless you intend on remodeling the bathroom, replacing the tub is a complex and expensive process that include buying a new tub in addition to the costs of hiring a contractor for demolition and removal, landfill fees, tilers and plumbers to get the new tub’s plumbing in working order. A simpler and much more cost effective option is to refinish, or re-glaze, the bathtub. Today, we at Chips, Tubs & Tile Refinishing would like to share the benefits of bathtub refinishing as well as the steps to get it done.
When Refinishing, Bathtub Stays in Place
One of the best advantages of refinishing the tub, is that it stays in place. When you change one thing during a remodeling of any capacity, there is an effect on something adjacent, much like a domino effect. You can avoid the potential damage and repairing of the awful, chaotic, cascading effects of tile surround, plumbing fixtures, flooring, cement board, and other nearby elements.
Bathtub Reglazing is Cost Effective & Versatile
As mentioned, the cost is far more economical than replacing the bathtub, saving money. Also, refinishing can offer change as it comes in a variety of colors whether you want to keep the original color or change it.
DIY VS Professional Bathtub Resurfacing
When it comes to getting the bathtub refinished, there are many DIY kits available. Keep in mind however, the professionals refinishing the tub will have a higher quality result and in some cases, homeowners often make a bigger problem refinishing that they often have to have a pro fix before they can refinish, increasing the initial cost of letting the experts do the project initially.
Bathtub Refinishing Process
Before starting, be sure the surrounding materials including tile, flooring, and all of the other elements are masked off to protect them from the refinishing process. Also, do not clean the recoated tub with any abrasive cleaners when you complete the project.
1) Remove all the caulking and thoroughly clean the bathtub.
2) As applicable, detach the tub’s faucets and drain hardware.
3) To provide active ventilation of the work area, be sure any windows are open, exhaust fan is running, and any portable fans are set in place. Be sure the area around the tub is adequately masked off.
4) To ensure the new coating will bond with tub, etch the surface of the tub with water and the kit’s etching powder to dull the existing finish. Rinse the tub.
5) Further improve the bonding process by sanding the tub while it is still wet to roughen the surface. Rinse out the particles and let the tub dry completely using paper towels or dry towels.
6) To remove any residual dust or paper remnants, wipe the dry tub down a dry tack cloth.
7) Using a roller, apply the primer and allow it to dry as directed on the label.
8) Epoxy coating will need to be mixed next. Apply the epoxy to the sides of the tub using a roller. To prevent drips and roller ridges, alternate between vertical and horizontal stroke. Apply the epoxy the tub deck, followed with the bottom of the tub. Use a sponge brush to finish the edges as needed.
9) Promptly after the 1st application, apply the 2nd coat epoxy coating in the same manner.
10) Allow the tub to cure for 48 hours, let the ventilation efforts stay in place for at least the first 24 hours.
11) The faucet and drain hardware can be reinstalled. Reapply the caulk around the tub and allow it to cure overnight or as the label directs before using the tub again.
Bathtub, Sink, Shower & Countertop Resurfacing in Irving, Plano, Garland, Mesquite, Arlington & Greater Dallas, Texas
To ensure the tub refinishing is done correctly, Chips, Tubs & Tile Refinishing offers affordable refinishing services to maximize the results and help you avoid mishaps. Call us today to get started!