Prepare yourself, as well as your Bathtub, Tile or Shower
I realize that having refinishing work completed is at once exciting and inconvenient. Either you can’t wait to see the finished project, or you have the feeling of the 'what ifs' such as "what if they just rush in and then leave, what if the technician has never even refinished before and this is the first job they have done (it's more common than you may think with large companies) the 'what ifs' can steal your joy of what should be an exciting experience. For that reason, I encourage you to deal with an owner / operated company. We have all heard the saying "if you want something right you have to do it yourself" well, that is how I feel about going into my customers home! The truth is, this is not a quick and easy process. Everything from weather conditions to the dust conditions inside the home affect the finished product. That's not saying the weather has to be perfect, Just saying the technician needs to understand how the weather for that day will effect the coating so it can be properly mixed.
I know we all want the best price for what we get. Keep this in mind, when correctly completed a refinished surface should last just as long as a new porcelain bathtub. A new porcelain bathtub has a life expectancy of 20 years. Synthetic porcelain has a life expectancy of 20+ years too! However, the sad part is epoxy paint is still being used by some refinishing companies and even though that is bathtub painting, they are calling it refinishing. Epoxy paint was never meant for bathtub refinishing! It is a very tough paint. However, the word to remember here is paint. It is painted on top of the surface.
We also know that you’ll find a surprising amount of discussion and differing opinions about the type of coating to use, the length of time before use and what to clean the surface with. The reason for that is because so many professionals are using products that simply are NOT meant for refinishing. I have seen everything from car paint, Epoxy, Lacquer even wall paint and Kilz sealant used on bathtubs and tile. Please understand If you hire the right professional you are going to increase the value of your home but you have to use a knowledgeable professional that uses synthetic porcelain and please resist any urge to cut corners based on a friend — or stranger’s — advice.
Bathtub Refinishing DFW
Bathtub refinishing is the process of chemically welding a new surface into the old surface, not painted on top of the old surface.