Bathtub FAQ

 Bathtub FAQ

The bathtub refinishing process is a remarkable time tested method that was developed specifically for bathtub and tile refinishing. The secret lies in the ability of the refinisher to perform all prep work on the surface to be refinished. If the surface is not meticulously prepared the finish will fail. Any reputable refinisher should be able explain the process. Once all prep is done the compounds and finishes used will chemically bond themselves into the original surface through a molecular bonding action. The new finish becomes a permanent part of the existing fixture.

There have been many articles written about bathtub refinishing or tub reglazing, which are essentially the same process. The two are just a play on words used in marketing a procedure where an old, worn out tub can be restored to look like new without the cost of a costly bathroom remodel. In this review we will explore a few of the most  frequently asked questions  and cut through some of the spin  and so called big secrets surrounding the bathtub refinishing trade.

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1). How much does it cost?

This totally depends on your location. In the Calgary area you can expect to pay between $ 450.00 and $600.00 for a high quality tub refinish.  Why the price spread?  Condition of the tub is probably the greatest reason.  Another is that as contractors, we all have our own way of presenting our service. Some come in at a base price plus repairs and upgrades, which then increases the end total. Others, include everything in one price without any surprise cost over runs at the end of the refinishing  process.

2). How long does it last?

This question depends on many variables, starting with the company you choose to do your refinishing for you.  Always do your due diligence when hiring a refinisher.  In answer to the question, it is not unrealistic to expect a properly refinished tub that is maintained properly, to last between 7 to 10 years under normal use conditions. Industry standard warranties are usually 5 years and should only cover spontaneous peeling, lifting , and cracking. Man made damage is never included. Try and get that kind of warranty  when buying new! Beware of the lifetime warranty offers.

How you look after the newly refinished tub will also determine how long the finish will last. Wiping the tub down after each use and a good weekly cleaning routine will keep your tub finish looking good and last longer. Never clean a tub with cleaners that have abrasives in them. Would you take sandpaper to your car finish? The finish whether a factory tub or a refinished tub would not last long. They do not make tubs like they did 50 – 60 years ago.

3). Question on Durability.

As refinishers we are always asked if our process is as durable as a factory finish. The correct answer is no. The finish on a cast iron or metal tub is baked on at a temperature of about  1700 Fahrenheit. Impossible to do in your home. The refinishing process is a chemical cure process, which at this time is still the best alternative and if applied correctly, produces a very hard finish that will last a very long time with proper care.

4). Can I do it myself?

In short, yes  you probably can. DIY bathtub refinishing kits made by Rust-Oleum, Klenks, Bathworks, Homax to name a few, are available at Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Home Hardware, Rona, Lowes and many other paint and hardware stores in the Calgary area. The problem is that you will not the right training, nor all the components that a professional tub refinisher has at their disposal. It is not the same as painting walls in a house. Without a proper ventilation system and safety equipment, the fumes can be detrimental to your health and those around you. Finally you are now spending upwards of $ 100.00 by the time you factor in the cost of paper, tape, drop cloths, not to mention your time.

5). Why should I consider bathtub refinishing rather than replacement?

First of all, to replace something you must first tear our the old fixtures. When considering the cost of replacement you must consider tear out costs, and the cost of replacement, labor for installation, not to mention the mess and time it will take. Renovations can be quite inconvenient. Normal costs for replacing a bathtub can range from $4,500 – $10,000 and will usually take one and a half to two weeks or longer to complete. Refinishing generally takes less than one day and will save at least 70% vs. replacement.

6). What bathroom and kitchen surfaces can be refinished?

Our refinishing system works beautifully on: porcelain bathtubs, sinks, fiberglass shower enclosures, pedestal sinks, ceramic tile, Formica countertops, claw foot tubs, kitchen cabinets, cultured marble counter tops, shower bases, bathroom floors, and a variety fiberglass and acrylic surfaces.

7). Is the new finish the same as the original finish?

No. The original porcelain or ceramic tile surface is baked at temperatures up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. That is why the surfaces are so hard and scrub resistant. It’s impossible to heat any new coatings at those temperatures without disintegrating the surrounding home. However, the ever evolving chemical industry is continuously discovering new formulas that provide new coatings that are “porcelain and ceramic like” and more environmentally friendly. While not yet as hard as a factory baked porcelain or ceramic finish, these new technologically advanced finishes can take the abuse and through normal use, will give your old bathtub or shower many added years of service.

8). How do I clean and maintain my refinished fixture?

We recommend the use of non abrasive cleaners. No comet, dutch cleanse,or any abrasive cleaner. Using these cleaners is partly to blame for your tub wearing out in the  first place. It would be like taking sand paper to your car finish.

9). What if my bathtub or counter top is damaged?

Small chips and cracks can be repaired during the cleaning and preparation stage of refinishing. Your technician will inform you if the chip or cracks cannot be repaired prior to refinishing your fixture.
Call Harry @ 403 630 6534 for more information on any of our services or to schedule an appointment.
Email us at blackstonetubrefinishers@shaw.ca, or click on the request a quote icon below.

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