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 I 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 linked one to the underlined key words. link opens a new tab) 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!! .. (and dust) Go back to my price list
Bathtub refinishing is the process of chemically welding a new surface into the old surface, not painted on top of the old surface.