Bathtub refinishing is an efficient way to refurbish bathtubs. The technology behind the work is very similar to auto body shop technology. It includes the application of coating, normally an ep-acrylic material or an acrylic urethane.
The product is applied using high volume, low pressure spray and most re-finishers then go with a primer and a topcoat. Preparation work includes removing dirt the surface with industrial cleaners and removing caulk (around bathtubs). Additionally a bonding agent or an etch product is used on tubs to create better adhesion. Curing times vary depending on the product used. It may be 3 hours to a week until using your bathtub again. All products themselves are effective. If the prep work is done well, the solution will be very long lasting. It takes about 3-4 hours to refinish a bathtub.
However, refinishing work may not be confused with a brand new job. Trustworthy re-finisher offer not less than five years of warranty. On average, expect to have to redo it in 10-15 years. The appearance of refinishing work can be very similar. It is, however, always a coating. The original enamel on your tub was applied at a factory, in a kiln at several hundred degrees. This is not something that can be emulated in the field.
When should I consider refinishing?
Tub refinishing is a money saving option to replacement when replacing the tub becomes prohibitive. In many cases you are not equipped to tear out the entire bath. Bathtub refinishing is a good solution for color changes on bathtubs. It is a quick way to change the color of an outdated tub, not a bad product.
How much would it cost for tub refinishing?
The rate for a good work on a tub is around $300-400. Cost can vary depending on the market you live in. It is important to select a reliable re-finisher. Like everything else, you always get what you pay for with refinishing. An inexperienced re-finisher can spill chemical on the hardwood floor. Remember, if the tub peels and you cannot find the person who did the work, you will be suffer more costs.
Which re-finisher shall I choose?
Many re-finishers use unethical marketing gimmicks to name their process. All re-finishers are working with primarily the same material. Find a reputable re-finisher in your area. Experience is the key here. Moreover,, there are differences on terms of how each approaches his work.