BathTub Tile Refinishing Frequently Asked Questions
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1. Great Guarantee sounds like I can’t lose. Can you better explain it for me?
Simply put, we will give you the best job in town at a great price and great service. If you’re unhappy with our Service or Coatings during your guarantee period, we’ll repair or redo the job if necessary.
This guarantee only covers our coating. Should you accidentally damage the actual fixture by dropping a wrench, etc. and chipping the tub/tile or intentional abuse, this will be beyond the scope of our guarantee. Our bathtub coatings are just as durable and strong as most original finishes, which could also be damaged.
By doing the tub with the drain out, it assures you the longest lasting job (15+ years with good care). Please see Drain Page for more information.
And it’s the perfect time to refresh your drain and overflow You may wish to remove and install the drain/overflow yourself, hire a plumber or have us remove the drain/overflow for you. You will find we are very competitive on installing new hardware.
We offer two choices for our guarantee.
A. We can reglaze your tub with the drain in place, (not removed) that guarantee is for two years.
B. We can reglaze your tub with the drain/overflow out, and you’ll get 3 additional years for a 5 year guarantee. With the drain removed before reglazing, you really should expect 2 to 3 times that length, for a life span.
Due to the hard use bathroom and kitchen sinks receive we do not guarantee these and generally recommend replacement.
2. I have some damage on my bathtub, tile walls, what repairs are included?
We expect the tub surface to be dull, worn and scratched; have up to 3 nickel sized chips and some minor erosion around the drain area, a few chips in tile surface, and some grout touch up is included in the price of your Reglazing.
What would be additional charges?
- Excessive chips more then 3 or large deep damaged ones
- Rust holes
- Cracked fiberglass
- Bathtub Liner removal
- Stripping off old reglazing material
- Cracked tile or loose tile
- Shower door removal
- Re-grouting large areas of tile
- Deep erosion, from long term dripping faucet
- Drain clog acid left sitting in the tub (Rebuild tub bottom)
- Extensive hard water damage (Erosion)
These items are at an additional cost @ time and material for repair. Please see our Pricing Page for an idea of Budget Bathroom Remodeling cost.
3. Will Reglazing make my Bathtub and Tile look new?
Proper preparations, quality materials, and skilled application will make the fixture look brand new. Most people will not be able to tell between new and reglazed. We deliver a smooth surface, high shine and extremely hard durable finish only a trained eye will be able to tell. The cost and time you save are huge compared to replacing your bathtub, tile or tub liners, it will make your home more marketable, easier to clean and care for, more hygienic and give you pride in your bath room again!
4. Does Porcelain Tub Restorations use acid for etching the tub?
Absolutely, a mild HF Acid solution (glass etch) is used to maximize the bonding process. It allows a mechanical bond as well as a chemical bond. This gives you the very best adhesion possible.
Approximately one cup of diluted etch is used and is neutralized during the prep process. Some companies promote their acid free system as superior and environmental responsible relying on chemical bonding only. This is very misleading; they are cutting their cost and giving you an inferior product. Why rely on just chemical bonding when we give you mechanical and chemical bonding just that much better.
Would you consider having your car or house painted without properly roughing up the surface first for adhesion, it’s the same principle here. Many companies do not use etch, cutting corners, cost, time and the training of their techs.
5. What should I do to prepare before your arrival?
If you have a bath vanity cabinet next to your Bathtub closer than 8 inches you may consider having it removed prior to Reglazing. Any closer than this makes it very difficult to give you a properly sprayed tub in that area.
If you will be getting your tile walls done around the whole bathroom? It’s best to remove all cabinets and toilet tank so we can spray behind them (Leave the toilet base attached unless replacing). This is especially true for cabinet and sink that might be replaced by a pedestal sink.
- Fix any water leaks from your tub’s faucet
- Remove your personal items
- Remove Shower curtains from the bathroom
- A window within 40 feet that opens and the screen removed for exhausting
- A clean bathroom is always appreciated; we will leave it just as clean
- A clear work space near the bathroom in the hallway
- Please no other dusty, hammering, banging construction going on that day, while Reglazing
Be sure that all other work that you are planning in the bathroom is completed first i.e. tile and plumbing work. It’s the perfect time to replace your drain and overflow before reglazing.
Painting, wallpaper, carpet and showers doors should be done after your reglazing is done. Damage may occur while working around a newly reglazed bathtub with tools, ladders, spills etc. Always protect your bathroom fixtures with padding, while working around them.
Be sure there is electric and water available, which will be needed for our preparations. That the walls are up and the Bathtub plumbing is in place.
6. How long will reglazing take and when can I use my bathroom again?
A typical Bathtub will take about 3 to 4 hours to complete. If it’s been reglazed before and needs the old finish stripped off you can add 1 to 2 hours, if you’re also having your tile done as well as the bathtub it will be a full day for a standard size bathroom. Your fixture should be allowed to cure overnight and will be ready for use the next morning. It’s a great convenience over bathtub replacement or new tile.
7. What color choices do I have?
We use Aliphatic Acrylic Polyurethane so you can have any color you wish, but remember several important facts, as nice as color is, it’s better to leave the tub and walls neutral and accent with color on the curtains, wall paint etc. mainly for resale value later. Not everyone will enjoy that purple tub.
White, Bone and Almond are our standard colors. If you do wish to use custom color on your tub and walls generally pastel’s work best. To order a special color you need to provide a color source for us to match and there is a small mixing fee.
8. Some companies charge for re-caulking? Is re-caulking around my bathtub included?
Re-caulking is included in the price. Some tubs are grouted in and do not need re-caulking and fiberglass fixtures with built in surrounds often don’t need caulking. We use a premium acrylic latex mold resistance high gloss Polyseamseal caulk. Be aware caulking a gap larger then 5/8 inch should probably be re-grouted; caulking a gap that large can show shrinkage after a month or so.
9. Do the shower doors need to be removed?
Generally shower doors should be removed prior to our arrival or for a small fee we can remove them. If you’re planning on keeping the door and frame, and you have a lower track glued to the Bathtub rail you may not want to remove it. It often is totally damaged by removal. In that case we would want to tape it up.
Generally to remove the bottom rail, a heat gun can help to soften the adhesive and the use of a 2” dry wall taping knife to get under the rail to assist with removal. Do not chisel away at the glued edge or you may end up removing chunks of the tub surface. (This would add additional repair time).
10. What are the advantages to reglazing my bathtub-tile verses replacing?
We can reglaze your fixture for a fraction of the cost of replacement. The convenience of it being done in one day is also important, replacement can take several weeks and a huge mess and cost. Recycle your tub and tile.
We often see that the original fixture is of a better quality than the ones being sold today. While a brand new Bathtub costs $200.00 to $800.00 there are always additional costs like plumbing, tile removal, replacement, permits and disposal fees. Depending on the choices in tub and tile it can add up. Between $3000.00 and $5000.00 and take a couple of weeks or more.
Plus a new tub has a non-slip surface etched into the tub bottom which holds dirt and body oils and discolors quickly once you start using it.
It just makes good sense to reglaze. Being the green option with less material’s in our land fills, and less manufacturing waste. Responsible Remodeling.
11. What is the coating material you use for reglazing?
After preparation are completed a silane coupling agent is applied for adhesion, then a base coat (bonding primer) is applied to provide a uniform color base and adhesion, using polyester bonding primer. This provides a chemical bond along with the mechanical bond from prepping. Then we apply aliphatic acrylic polyester polyurethane with a 4 hour dry time and it is cured the next day. Which reduces dust sticking to the finish and puts the fixture back on line sooner. When applied skillfully it resembles the original shine and luster of porcelain. Only a trained eye will be able to tell. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.
12. I’ve seen DIY kits and I’m pretty handy why not, do it myself?
There are many problems with DIY kits but let’s concentrate on the most important ones. The complaints are centered on poor appearance and peeling, sometimes within a couple of weeks. The two biggest problems are with the bonding process and application process. Solid bonding requires proper preparations for the surface, having the chips filled, surface etched, and a Quality primer used.
The materials used for the etching preparation of the Bathtub are not available to the general public and not included in these kits.
Next, any chips or gouges need to be filled with marine grade fillers and requires some skill to make them disappear.
The next issue is application; to be smooth as glass the tub must be sprayed. These kits usually instruct you to brush the material on like house paint.
Unless you have mastered a spray gun to Professional standards, it will not look too good. In addition, the equipment and safety gear, you will need: respirators, chemical gloves, professional turbine air compressor, exhaust ventilator, spray gun and assortment of tools and other equipment.
Don’t expect a refund when your DIY kit fails and it will. The manufacturer will tell you that you did not properly follow their directions. Now the tub will need to have that finish stripped off at a cost of $100.00. So now that you wasted around $135.00 and your afternoon, you will find it was no bargain.
13. I have a rust hole in my tub, can you repair it?
Oh yes, I can help. The solution for steel enamel tubs, which have rusted through. Is to remove the rusted metal and then fiberglass a new brass plated metal ring onto the tub, recreating the same contours of the drain or overflow area where the rust out usually occurs. This provides a very strong and permanent repair to your tub and will not show any hint of its previous condition.
14. My fiberglass tub or surround has a crack, what can be done for me?
When Fiberglass Bathtubs crack, it is usually due to the tub being installed without support under it, allowing the tub bottom to flex over time creating a crack. We add a support to your tub bottom with expanding polyurethane foam that hardens in place under your tub curing in 5 minutes. Creating a firm base, so your tub bottom, no longer flexes. Then we repair the crack with fiberglass and then reglazing the fixture to hide the repair.
15. Do I or my pets need to leave my home while my tub is being reglazed?
Generally no, you and your pets will be fine. We use Evacuators and Hi Volume Low Pressure spray equipment to minimize the overspray and odors. We also are able to scent our material with a light floral scent. There will be a slight residual odor for a few hours. We recommend airing out the home for a bit to clear the air after we leave.
Should you or a family member suffer from sensitivities to solvent smells, like finger nail polish remover, then yes you may need to leave the house for a bit until it completely clears. Parrots and certain other birds are very sensitive and should be removed from the immediate area.
16. What else can be reglazed beside bathtubs and tile?
Counter tops, vanities, cultured marble, Formica, Corain, fiberglass fixtures, acrylic fixtures, sinks and even ceramic tile flooring and Terrazzo.
For sinks and toilets it is usually more practical to replace these, unless you’re trying to keep the original period pieces or do not want to replace them. Due to the use bathroom and kitchen sinks receive we only offer a 1 year guarantee on these.
On cast iron bath sinks with an overflow, the problem is the cavity behind the overflow tends to bleed rust down the surface and that folks tend to sit soaps and hard objects on the surface causing problems and for kitchen sinks our material will be damaged by pots and pans scratching the surface. Reglazing toilets can be done but we will only do the outside and often, they can be replaced for less cost.
17. Why should I choose Porcelain Tub Restorations?
We offer proper preparation, quality materials and superior training. We believe you will find Porcelain Tub Restorations to be your best source for information, experience, and service to perform your repairs.
We are the largest, most experienced refinishing company in DC Metro Area. Performing a reglazing operation in your home with professional results requires years of experience, specialized equipment, and quality materials.
We are most proud of our residential department. Our technicians are truly professionals. We are a Maryland Home Improvement Licensed Company, Listed with an A+ accredited rating from the Better Business Bureau and believe in offering a good solution to all resolutions.
We have been Performing Bathtub Reglazing since 1990 and incorporated since 1995. We take pride in offering a unique and specialized service to our community. With over 126 years of combined experience from our staff. We offer a great Guarantee and the best service in town.
We have several samples of our work in our show room. You may wish to examine our Coatings so please drop on by and see us. Please feel free to call if you have any additional questions, our office number is 301-262-6012. Thank you for considering us, to perform this job for you. Let us show you how we can help YOU!
Care and Maintenance Of Your Refinished Bathtub and Tile
You won’t have to scrub and bleach your Bathtub to remove the stains, after Reglazing. Your sealed and durable Refinishing will make your life easier with less maintenance.
A quality Reglazing job is designed to hold up to daily use. The same things that can hurt a new bathtub apply to our finishes. Your tub will be easy to care for and maintain.
A simple wipe down with a wash cloth or sponge after use, will keep your Bathtub and Tile looking great or routinely clean the bathtub or tile with a mild liquid or foaming bathroom cleaner disinfectant diluted as required by manufacturer, dish soap or even diluted vinegar works well. Use a wash cloth, sponge or white fiber mesh pad.
Soap and shampoo bottles etc. should not be left on bathtubs surface for long periods as the alkaline nature of these products can mar the finish if left for long periods. Always hang these from a basket around the shower head or some place where they can dry out after use.
Cleaners should not contain abrasives, as they are one of the leading causes of wear, and will scratch and dull the surface.
Please do not use on any type of Bathroom surface:
- Soft Scrub
- SOS Pads (Steel wool)
- Red or Green Scuff Pads (very course)
Often folks have been using these in their attempt to keep their Tub Clean. It will no longer be necessary, your newly Reglazed Bathtub or Tile surface is now sealed and will no longer soil.
If you have Hard Water, leaving a residue or a real stubborn spot. You can use automotive type compound and polish to remove any hard to clean problem. Apply the rubbing compound over the area and rub it in with a cloth till the color is restored. For a large area, it will require a professional buffer.
Then apply the polishing compound with a cloth and rub it in vigorously over the area restoring the shine. Turtle Wax makes both of these for Auto Restorations and it works on any glossy coating. You can find these at any Auto Parts store.
For really bad well water problems, coat the surface with a urethane wax sealer every 4 months or so: such as Nu Finish or Turtle Wax 2001 or F21, etc. These sealers will help prevent the hard water residue from sticking to any bathtub surface.
Do Not Wax The Bathtubs Bottom!!!!!
Strong chemical products should not be used to clean or be left sitting on the surface coating. They may discolor, mar or even in some cases attack the coating, if they are used, rinse immediately after use.
- Acids (Professional drain cleaners)
- Strong Alkaline (Drano, type drain cleaners)
- Strong Ammonia
- Lime Away
Dripping faucets, cause erosion, wearing away at the surface. (Running water made the Grand Canyon after all). Repair dripping faucets ASAP to prevent erosion damage.
Water dripping drilled through the porcelain down to the Cast Iron base
Avoid leaving suction cup bath mats down between use as the trapped moisture will mar the finish and can stagnate.
Avoid sharp or heavy objects from striking the surface. Always place padding in and over the Bathtub when working around or over your tub.
We also recommend for large dogs being washed in the tub to use an anti slip mat or towel laid in the bottom to protect your dog from slipping and tub from being scratched.
With proper care and normal use, you can expect a long service life from your Reglazed tub and tile when done with the Bathtub drain removed. You should easily get 15+ years.
Our Current Residential Stimulus Package Incentive OFFER includes: Free Re-caulking and Non-Slip Bottom included at no additional charge. Call or E-mail before we end this special.