If your bathtub is starting to look old and worn to you, it may be that it has seen its best days. Many homeowners are looking to accentuate their bathtub without the exorbitant cost of a remodel. Problems with bathtubs are not something most people think about until they start to experience their own.
Finding a new bathtub within a budget can be challenging, which might make the idea of refurbishing your existing tub an intriguing one. We’ve highlighted 4 simple steps in achieving just that below.
Who Should Refinish Your Bathtub?
Reglazing and refinishing a bathtub on your own is often more difficult than installing a new sink, vanity, or other fixture, which is why it’s a job best suited for a professional who will take the time to ensure that the process gets as close to perfect as possible, and is equipped to handle any unexpected circumstances that could arise as a result.
Bathtub Refinishing and Reglazing
Refinishing a bathtub is the process of first removing old and damaged finishes, in which the tub’s surface is sanded to bare metal, and then the surface is heat-activated. This procedure removes harmful tub chemicals and leaves behind a clear protective layer, allowing you to choose a new and improved color for your bathtub. This approach saves you money and hassle, putting off replacing the old bathtub and creating a custom color finish choice of your own.
4 Steps to Refinish Your Bathtub
Any repair or improvement project should start by preparing your workspace. Take down hanging pictures and mirrors and when possible, remove everything that isn’t bolted down or being worked on out of the space. Set up drop cloths over any remaining furniture, light bulb covers over lights, and place lint-free rags over all scraps of materials to protect from any potential dirt, debris, or damage. Opening all windows and doors helps to properly ventilate the workspace.
2. Removal of Porcelain Glaze
Remove the bathtub’s glaze by carefully applying a stripper solution made of hydrofluoric acid, a chemical that dissolves all of the remaining porcelain glaze, making it easier to completely remove. It also etches the surface so that your new glaze will stick and look better.
Upon removal of the glaze, wash away any remaining hydrofluoric acid thoroughly with water, clean up any mess caused, and allow the tub to dry out completely before proceeding to the next step.
3. Glaze Application
Are you familiar with epoxy? If so, the application processes are similar in that this type of glazing material requires a single application of spray paint to create a smooth, glossy finish. Doing this provides durable protection from moisture and other damaging elements. Taking the time to carefully apply one coat at a time helps to protect against an uneven finish.
4. Apply the Finishing
Smoothly and precisely, apply the finishing coat and wait for it to dry entirely. It’s recommended to use a tack cloth beforehand, to gently remove any loose particles from the sanding. After the bathtub has dried, apply another two coats in the same manner: apply, wait, repeat.
Even the slightest damage to your bathtub can cause it to malfunction in a big way, emphasizing the call for a professional. With the right skills and knowledge, refinishing a bathtub is a quick and affordable way to refresh your bathroom’s look, giving it an updated appearance, a “facelift” through modern color(s).
Supreme Bath Refinishing offers all types of refinishing solutions for you, the customer. Providing high-quality refinishing solutions that meet the needs of every small and big business, organization, and home, they’ll deliver you a luxury finish at a reasonable price. Reach out to them today for the Supreme in highest quality refinishing service. This energetic and enthusiastic team is ready to be of service.