Have you thought about how you can update your home without having to undertake a major remodeling project? Let's discuss a couple of options you have for doing this.
Most people Immediately turn to Remodeling
Remodeling is an absolute way to make the bathroom or any room look new again. The length of time it takes, the dust it stirs up, additional cost when hidden problems are discovered and the number of strangers in your home will cause a lot of us to avoid this avenue completely.
Another way to update your bathroom is to paint the tile and bathtub. The problem is that tile and bathtub surfaces are non porous. It is like trying to paint glass. Since paint goes on top of the old surface and will wear down It doesn't take very long before you have a peeling mess to deal with that inevitably becomes partially stuck to the surface leaving areas peeled off.
Bathtub and Tile Refinishing Dallas
Often confused with Bathtub and Tile painting. However, bathtub and tile refinishing is a synergistic process that involves creating microscopic pores in the old surface so the new synthetic porcelain surface can be chemically welded with a molecular bonding agent into, not on top of the old surface. The pictures below are the Completed Pictures from above.
How long does Bathtub Refinishing Last?
That is a great question! "How long should bathtub refinishing last"? || I wish the answer could be as straight forward as saying 5 years, 10 years, 15 years. However, the truth is, all of those answers are correct. Once the coating is applied it is up to the owner to determine how long it will "live". First, remember it is a durable copolymer coating. Under normal use it is designed to last close to 20 years. So let's look at things that destroy a refinished tub.
So how long will a refinished tub last?
Well, I use a permanent bonding system callas fusion lock. I make sure the surface is 2 mils thick. I Use a synthetic porcelain that is rated for a 20 year life span. So if you clean the tub properly, diluted bleach, lysol bathtub cleaner, scrubbing bubbles, all of which are great. Then you will get 15 - 25 years out of the refinished product before it needs to be refinished again!
The best rule of thumb is to treat the tub like it is an acrylic tub. Porcelain is fired at over 1800 (f) we can not mimic that in the home. So although the surface looks like porcelain it will need to be taken care of with non damaging, non abrasive cleaners and invest in a bath caddy to store soaps and shampoos. They are inexpensive and prevent concentrated bathing products from sitting on the surface 24 hours a day! Dallas Bathtub Refinishing
Let's take a look at Bathtub Refinishing, Bathtub Reglazing, Bathtub Resurfacing, Bathtub Refacing and Bathtub Restoration. There are so many terms we have to wonder exactly what is the difference!
The terminology means very little. All of the following : Bathtub Refinishing, Bathtub Reglazing, Bathtub Resurfacing, Bathtub Refinishing, Bathtub Refacing, Bathtub restoration. All mean to create a new surface within the old surface. This is never done with Epoxy paint, it is never done with paint period! That is the part that gets a little crazy. I mean you see the D.I.Y. epoxy paint system in the home improvement store and it says bathtub, sink, tile refinishing on the can! How is it that a person is suppose to know there even is a difference?
I would like to urge every professional refinishing company to educate the public! As an Industry we know we have a black cloud over us. However, we also know that black cloud is from misinformation and half truths about bathtub refinishing. We know bathtub painting and bathtub refinishing is two completely different things! We have to educate others to know that when you paint a bathtub with epoxy paint and use it daily then it may last 3 months before it looks worn out. If you clean the Epoxy coated bathtub with diluted bleach then it will turn yellow, permanently!
There is a silver lining! Professional bathtub refinishing companies use synthetic porcelain coatings, coatings cross linked with everything from fiberglass, vinyl and liquid glass! Professionals have access and experience with chemicals that allow us to create pores in the old surface, then we have molecular bonding agents to chemically weld the new finish into those pores, into the old surface! Not just on top of the old surface like paint! Learn more and let us help you with your refinishing project.
Bathtub Refinishing coatings are not a one size fits all type of coating. The reason is partly because the surface preparation of each material is different, also because of some of the materials ability to flex under weight.
You would not want the same coating that is designed for refinishing a Cast Iron Bathtub to be used on a Fiberglass Bathtub. If you own a fiberglass bathtub you understand how the surface will flex when you step in and out of the tub. Could you imagine having the ultra hard coating applied over a flexible surface such as Fiberglass or Acrylic? As the original surface flexes the new surface would begin to show cracks. Then water would penetrate those cracks and before long it would simply erode away your new surface. Much like a river eroding away the land the river is moving through. (See how I brought that visual comparison into play!) LOL.
The great news is, with professional refinishing their are ways to to allow for the flexible surfaces such as fiberglass and acrylic. The truth is a professional refinisher should know #1) Which product to use for the surface the application is for and #2) There absolutely is not a one coating works on everything method!
You will however, find plenty of refinishers that claim the coating they use works on any surface. I have a pretty good theory as to why they make that claim. Back when I first started refinishing in 1991 we were very limited on what we could use for refinishing. In 1991 there was not a synthetic porcelain coating. In fact we the simple truth was we had to experiment to see what worked, the refinishing industry relied on Epoxy paint and if it was going on a flexible surface, those of us that understood the properties of Epoxy knew we could back off a little on the hardening agent and get the coating to flex. The trade off was the coating would not be as durable but in those days Refinishing was mainly for Apartments, Hotels and Rental properties that simply needed a quick fix to get another lease term satisfied!
As the Industry became more main stream and coating manufacturing companies seen a market they started making technological advancements in the coatings used for Bathtub, shower, tile refinishing. First was the fact that refinishing technicians were begging for another option besides epoxy! Epoxy had a dull appearance, It made the surface look painted, It yellowed when bleach was used on it. (which is why the Epoxy D.I.Y. kits have a yellow tint to them, They say white but if you look at them they are slightly almond). The coating gloss, and durability began to advance and by 2005 After literally trying every new coating that came on the market, I started using this new product called Synthetic Porcelain. Synthetic porcelain was able to mimic the gloss of porcelain. Did not yellow when bleach was used, Had a smooth, tough as nails surface! By 2007 we had a full line of synthetic porcelain coatings which were specifically designed for the Bathtub, Shower, Tile refinishing industry. The development of synthetic porcelain for Fiberglass Bathtub Refinishing, Acrylic Bathtub Refinishing, Cultured Marble Bathtub Refinishing. We had the training and ability to etch the old surface which would expose pores and create microscopic scratches which would allow us to chemically weld a new synthetic porcelain surface into the old surface, not onto the old surface like paint!
I sincerely appreciate the time you took to read this information. I feel if I can educate the consumer about bathtub refinishing facts instead of just other peoples opinions about the bathtub refinishing process then you will share my passion and appreciation for the savings that can be realized through correctly refinishing a bathtub, shower or tile surface. <Bathtub Refinishing>
bathtub refinishing process using synthetic porcelain Bathtub, Shower, Tile coating.