Did your bathtub look nice way back in the day when it was originally installed? What about now that times have changed a bit, and probably your tastes as well? Wild colors like bright pinks and blues were very much in style back in the day for a while, but these days it’s more about more plain colors and simple styles. The great thing about bathtub refinishing is that it isn’t JUST to be used when your tub is cracking, chipping and looking bad, it can also be used exclusively to change the color and look of your tub! You’ll never have to look at that horrible color again after refinishing, you just get to enjoy your nice new tub!
Fiberglass Gelcoat Shower Refinishing and Repair
Reglazing your tub yourself at home with a DIY kit will generally use lower quality materials than professional will. Professionals are able to source and use the top of the line materials and process, they know from experience what is going to work best. You on the other hand, are only able to use whatever you can get your hands on, and chances are good that you have no or very little actually applicable experience. Not to say DIY kits are completely useless, but they just aren’t near the quality of what professionals are going to give you. The small parts of refinishing are what determine if the job is going to last for a long time or wash your money down the drain. Things like having proper ventilation while you’re working, getting the surface of your tub perfectly ready to take the refinishing, and other small things. One small missed spot during the refinishing can quickly turn into a large foot wide spot of missing coating, and that’s the last thing anyone wants to happen.
Before you can do anything else with refinishing your bathtub, it needs to have the old glaze/surface stripped off completely. Professionals are generally going to use hydrofluoric acid to do this, it gets the job done quickly and completely. It’s important that every single spot of old refinish is cleared off for that clean surface. Then, before anything else can happen, all chips and cracks need to be repaired or filled in completely. Professional refinishers typically apply two coats of fast-drying epoxy to ensure the finish coat adheres properly, and finish the process with a polyurethane topcoat to act as a final seal and layer of protection on top of it all. Instead of painting with brushes or rollers, a professional will probably paint with a spray gun, this just offers a smoothest and cleanest coat possible, avoids all brush marks and imperfections. You’ll get that nice glossy clean appearance that everyone loves and wants for their tubs.
Shower Tile Repair and Refinishing
Now that your tub has been refinished, it is NOT automatically indestructible. It will require cleaning and care to maintain it and prevent any further scratching, discoloration, or damage. You should never use abrasive cleaners or tools like steel wool, bleach, rough brushes, or anything else that could cause abrasions on the surface anywhere. You need to always ensure that you’re using things like bleach-free cleaners, washcloths, and just things that aren’t going to be abrasive on the surface of the tub. You don’t have to, but we suggest you avoid using bath mats with suction cups, as they can tear up your coating. You can re-coat with a urethane polish every six months or so to keep it preserved as long as possible. As long as you are careful, your refinished tub should last you at least 10-15 years, that’s a fantastic return on your initial investment!
Not many other home-improvement jobs offer you the ROI that bathtub refinishing can. In the past your only option for an ugly or damaged tub was full on replacement, which in addition to costing way more is just a pain all around. Refinishing is the way to go, with proper care you can keep it looking great for upwards of 15 years! Bath tub refinishing Raleigh may sound like a strange service, but it’s very fast and painless, worth looking into! Don’t settle for that horrid tub anymore, get the tub that you truly want.