What to do before bathtub refinishing
All I ask is that if you are going to put new hardware on (faucets, knobs, etc.) PLEASE do so before having the refinishing completed. So many times I have went back because of an accident that occurs while putting on drains, faucets etc. I have never had a complaint that I can honestly remember of the surface coming up around existing fixtures. However in 2016 I had about 16 cases of damage caused by putting on new hardware after the refinishing. It is usually slipped pliers, dropped wrench things like that and the damage was not bad at all it was more of a small chip or scratch that bothered the customer because of course they wanted it fixed. Please remember, this is not epoxy paint so it is etched into the old surface. I will mask off the fixtures and etch up to that fixture and warranty it!
Also to share my misfortune with you (maybe my expense can save you!) I refinished my (2) bathtubs at my house in 2004 Dallas bathtub aces took the drain out of my master tub and did not put much pressure on it honestly but I followed the directions on the drain removal tool (which whent like this: place this tool in the drain and unscrew using a screwdriver as the leverage if more torque is needed) and when the drain came out it was attached to the plastic elbow that goes under the tub... SO... I had to pay $1500 to have a contractor take 3-4 rows of tile off my wall and jack my tub up just to replace the plastic elbow that cost .78 cents! If you have a problem drain consider doing what I did with my 2nd tub.. I purchased a watco glue down drain I am not affiliated with them in any way but they have a G-R-E-A-T product that is simply a facing that comes in any finish you want, you can order with a stopper or without. It comes with an epoxy glue that you glue the new facing on to your old drain! Mine cost about $20.00 back then I don't know what they cost now but I promise after spending $1500.00 and having a contractor for 3 days in my home with dust and then re grouting the tile, the little silly things that we sometimes don't think about that comes with that experience like ... (dust... did I mention dust?... and loud equipment because (7) of the tile broke and guess what... the color could not be matched so... I had them put white replacement tile in then refinished the tile surround to a uniform color... somebody yell amen or something!) :)
I don't want to ever be a burden on my customers! I know I will loose some work to others that say no he did it wrong... we can replace it... but keep in mind I too have replaced drains since I started doing this in 1992 It did not happen to me until 2004 and I don't know how I could have "done it wrong" because it literally screws in and unscrews to come out. I am sure there are handy men out there that can replace them too... I personally would only allow a plumber to remove the drain and replace it. I hope my experience saves you money!! ..
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August 19, 1984
I was 12 years old. My oldest brother made sure I was in church just about every Sunday. The building is still there but a different church occupies it now. I consider my self non denominational today but this particular church brought together people of every race! We had the most delicious country meals ever prepared by the ladies of the Church. Sunday, after church us kids would play and they would set up picnic tables. I can't help but smile when I Look back on those days that seem like a lifetime ago, yet are memories that I truly hope I will never, ever forget.
I was presented this Bible the Sunday after I was Baptized. The lyrics of the song "If that isn't love" really speaks volumes about the feeling that I have this very moment as I type this:
He left the splendor of heaven
Knowing His destiny
Was the lonely hill of Golgotha
There to lay down His life for me
And if that isn't love
Then the ocean is dry
There's no stars in the sky
And the little sparrows can't fly
Yeah if that isn't love
Then heaven's a myth
There's no feeling like this
If that isn't love
Even in death He remembered
The thief hanging by His side
Then he spoke of love and compassion
And He took him to paradise
Father in heaven, I ask for those reading this to be blessed with an abundance so magnificent they will think back to this simple post as the point they remembered a turn around. Not to think of me, nor my Company. Father I only ask they remember you and what power and Glory you have commanded.
I pray this Nation remember the Cross destroyed racial tensions, only man keeps it alive. We are all Brothers and Sisters with the blood of Christ in us. Bonding us as Unique Individuals but ... yet sharing all important characteristics. With the minor details of skin, hair, eye color being not a difference.... but a unique attribute to our individuality. This Nation Needs the Cross as a reminder that Christ loved equally. Amen.
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.
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As a consumer I completely understand how bathtub refinishing may be something that you have not really heard of or may know very little about. I always try to put myself in my customers shoes. I wanted to take a minute on this gorgeous Friday morning the good Lord has blessed us with to simply go over some questions that I am often asked.
I think this translates to "does refinishing last?" YES! this has not always been the case but please keep in mind any industry that money can be made in technology will produce better and better results. The epoxy paint kits that are sold are 1990's technology. Epoxy has not been an accepted coating in the bathtub and tile refinishing Industry since 2002 or 2003. During that time of the Epoxy paint (Yes, I have used my fair share of it) was strictly for Apartments and Hotels. It was a quick fix, had a painted look but it still looked okay, it would yellow if strong bleach was used and it was a paint. This meant it was painted on top of the old surface. Since it was painted on top of the old surface It would peel.
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This is why technology went into developing a coating that could perform as close to porcelain as possible. Not just a coating was developed but a process, a synergistic process that works by building on the step before. A bathtub and tile refinishing pro will know that each step must be completed. However, when the steps are completed the end result is a product that has the same lifespan as a new porcelain bathtub which is 20+ years! Bathtub Refinishing Dallas Price List
The Gentleman today took advantage of the Spring Special. He was able to get the Gold Package Refinishing (my best package) for $300.00 (Reg. $400.00) Please know this is a limited time special through June. His bathtub had been refinished before and needed some extra work. However, being self employed I am not stuck to a specific price list and I could tell by the pictures it needed a good sanding rather then completely stripped off. Other refinishers wanted to charge him $200 to strip the tub plus $400 to refinish it. I'm not suggesting that is unfair or too much. That is a fair price. If I operated a large company with overhead I would have to do the same thing. However, My choice is to do the work myself, keep my overhead low and save my customers a few Hundred $$$ when possible.
The only way an Owner / Operated small business can really stay in business is by doing great work. I need you to love the work so much you tell your friends and Family about me! To be honest with you,I can't afford some big marketing campaign. So it's a win / win situation... you want a great job, I know if I provide a great job you will tell others! I have been very blessed with complete strangers helping me out by telling others about me. Please don't think for a second that I don't appreciate it!
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Over 21 years in business, I bring that experience to you!
Bathtub refinishing is a lot more then painting a bathtub, tile, shower or vanity with epoxy paint. Bathtub Refinishing is the process of penetrating the old surface and chemically welding a new surface into the old. This is completed through the use of specialized chemicals and tools. Never should true bathtub refinishing involve epoxy paint.
As you can see in the picture below, the surface is first etched then coated with 5- 7 layers of synthetic porcelain which contains liquid glass. This gives a very tough surface that will last upwards of 20 years if properly taken care of. Dallas Bathtub Aces
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Bathtub refinishing is the process of chemically welding a new surface into the old surface, not painted on top of the old surface.