Frequently Asked Questions For Bathtub Refinishing
- How long does it take to refinish a tub?
- How long do I have to wait before I can use my tub after refinishing?
- Can you change the color of my tub?
- How long will the refinished surface last?
- Will there be fumes?
- How far out are you usually scheduled.
- My bathroom is under construction, at what stage should we refinish the bathtub/tile?
- What should I do before you arrive to do the refinishing?
- What can I use to clean the bathtub after it is refinished?
- Who does the work?
- What is the topcoat used?
- What about my shower door?
- What do I do after the refinishing is completed?
- Will I need a bath mat after refinishing?
- Does my drain have to be removed?
- Do you need to come to my home to give an estimate?
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions For Bathtub Refinishing
A regular bathtub takes approximately 3-4 hours, a
bathtub/shower unit takes approximately 5-6 hours and a bathtub with
surrounding tile takes approximately 6-7 hours. If a bathtub has been
refinished before and needs to be stripped, an additional 2 to 3 hours
Usually 48 hours, although if you need to use the
bathtub sooner, an
accelerator can be added to the process. However, there are
advantages to the standard 48 hour cure time.
Yes, any color can be changed to any other color, from white to black to black to white. Most people prefer to change a colored bathtub to white for decorating and resale reasons.Back to top
As long as the surface is properly cared for, it can last 15 to 20
or more years. You can compare it to a quality car finish, as long as
you don't drop a metal tool on it or clean it with an abrasive cleaner,
it will look good for many years.
I exhaust the fumes using a powerful air blower during the
refinishing process. This protects both you and me. I must have clean
air outside the bathroom for my supplied air respirator to draw from.
When the refinishing is completed, I recommend leaving the bathroom
exhaust fan running with the window and bathroom door closed.
This maintains air "suction" so that any residual odor doesn't leave
the bathroom. I recommend that young children or sensitive pets be kept
away from the area as a precaution.
I can usually schedule refinishing your bathtub within 2-3 weeks of
your contacting me.
It is usually best to have everything else completed before refinishing, unless installing a toilet or vanity fixture partially obstructs the bathtub. Also, if you are having a tub/shower area refinished, it is best to wait until after refinishing to complete the wall painting around the tile or fiberglass.Back to top
- Remove your personal items.
- Remove Shower curtains from the bathroom.
- Make sure there is a window within 30 feet that opens with the screen removed for exhausting.
- A clean bathroom is always appreciated.
- Clear a work space near the bathroom in the hallway to make room for needed equipment
- Fix any water leaks from your tub?s faucet.
- Confirm that electric and water are functioning, and the home heating is functional (in wintertime).
- Please do not schedule other work that day, especially any construction activity that creates dust.
- Loose tile or grout should be repaired ahead of time
Wall painting, wallpaper, carpet and shower doors should be done after your bathtub is reglazed. This helps avoid damaging may occur while working around a newly reglazed bathtub with tools, ladders, spills etc.
If a vanity or toilet is closer than 12 inches to your bathtub, you may wish to have it removed before reglazing. This ensures your bathtub is properly sprayed in that area.
If you will be getting your tile walls done around the whole bathroom, you should remove the toilet tank so the tile behind it can be sprayed. (Leave the toilet base attached unless replacing). Of course, any cabinet that might be replaced should be removed.
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Your newly refinished bathtub will be shiny and easy to clean. You
won’t need to scrub and bleach your bathtub to remove stains. In order
to ensure your bathtub remains easy to clean over the years, you
should use the following recommended cleaning procedures and products.
Do you want to avoid soap scum? Use a liquid body wash instead of bar soap.
Body wash and shampoo bottles etc. should not be left on bathtubs surface for long periods. Put them in a basket that hangs from the shower head or some place where they can dry out after use.
Do you dislike the strong chemical smell of some bathroom cleaners? Avoid them by using plain water with a "Magic Eraser" or it's house brand equivalent from Walmart, Target and many other stores. This may well be the easiest way to clean the tub, especially the non-skid area on the bottom (optional).
If you wish to use a chemical cleaner, use a LIQUID cleaner that contains NO ABRASIVES, (even Soft scrub contains some abrasives.)
If you have a problem with hard water leaving mineral stains, you may use a mild acid solution such as a liquid bowl cleaner.
Dripping faucets, if not repaired, eventually damage the refinished surface. Repair leaking faucets to avoid this problem.
Bath mats with suction cups cannot be used. Other mats even without suction cups should be removed when not using bathtub.
Avoid sharp or heavy objects from striking the surface. If you or a contractor needs to work around or over the bathtub, make sure it is well protected.
If bathing a dog in the bathtub use an anti slip mat or towel laid in the bottom to protect your dog from slipping prevent the bathtub being scratched.
I have no employees, and do all the preparation and finish work personally.Back to top
The chemical coating we use is a catalyzed acrylic urethane.
Basically, a white (or colored) resin is mixed with a clear stylistics.
This starts a chemical reaction that turns the mixture into a shiny,
durable material. This is similar to the coating used on your car.
After your bathtub is sprayed, the remainder inside the spray gun soon
hardens into a solid mass, even without exposure to air.
Doors must be removed prior to refinishing the tub. Tracks can be
masked off but we usually recommended that they are removed as well. If
you are planning on keeping the door
and frame, please call and we can discuss how this best be done.
The next day carefully remove all masking materials. Reinstall hardware. Recaulk the tub using a quality mildew resistant caulk. We recommend Polyseamseal high gloss (Lowe's).Back to top
No. Most of my customers ask me to include the free nonslip
treatment I offer. After arriving on site, I can show you a sample of
how this treatment looks and feels.
No. Most bathtub drains have been in place for many years. Replacing
it with a new one can be very difficult and may damage your plumbing.
We usually recommend
leaving it in. You may wish to replace the overflow lever and plate,
which isn't usually a problem. If your drain's appearance is
objectionable, we can adhere a new brass drain over the old one. See
Usually this isn't needed. I can almost always give an estimate over the phone, after asking you a few questions.Back to top