Ooops I dropped a tool in the bathtub while installing new tile and now there’s a huge black chip in the porcelain – crud, now what?
First, resist the urge to curse the home remodeling gods. Yes, we know it’s ironic and unfair that you invested time, money and energy creating this beautiful new bathroom and now there is a ugly spot in your bathtub. (face palm) Let’s focus on the solution. How do you fix it? White out? Silicone? Nail polish? DIY kit? If you use any of those options, it will cover up the repair – but it will be very noticeable. There are an unlimited shades of white out there. The chances that you’ll have the correct shade on hand are 100/1. You’ll spend more time and money trying to cover up the damage vs just getting it repaired correctly from the start.
Hire a professional bathtub specialist to repair the damage (i.e. us). It will take 30 minutes – 1 hour depending on the damage/ 24 hours for it to fully cure and your set. How will it look? The specialist you hire should be using a high gloss finish to help blend the repair into the shiny porcelain/acrylic finish. Any individual that doesn’t know there was a chip in existence, will never find it. If the finish is taken care of, the repair can last a long as the life of the tub itself.
Save time, money and stress – get the chip repaired correctly, the first time.
Do you have a bathtub that’s flaking of peeling? Most of the time these issues can be fixed quite easily, at a fraction of the cost .
When your bathtub finish is flaking off, it means that it has been refinished before. If it was refinish correctly, the finish should last 10-15+ years. If it was poorly finished (i.e. improper chemicals, lack of acid etch etc.), the finish will flake and peel much faster. Irregardless, you’ve got yourself a peeling tub. But instead of applying Aloe Vera, the flaking surface needs to stripped and the bathtub refinished again. Stripping the bathtub is a very labored process, but doable.
The correct way to strip the bathtub is to put an aircraft paint remover on the finish and scrape every inch of the tub down with a razor blade. This can take 1-3 hours on average, depending on the type of material that was original applied to the bathtub.
The bathtub should then be acid etched (again if it was applied originally). Multiple times?? YES! The acid roughs up the top of the procelian finish on the bathtub. It opens up the pores in the finish, giving the primer beaultiful adhesion to the bathtub. If the bathtub was refinished before, you’ll need to reopen those pores. Some of them have been filled when the original finish was applied. The acid will be washed off and the refinish will then be completed. There is a specific proven process that needs to be follow to be sure that you new refinish surface is of good quality. To review the correct steps your bathtub refinish specialist should be completing, vista our Bathtub Reglazing blog.
If this sounds like entirely too much trouble, we’d be happy to take care of your flaking or peeling bathtub repair, and if you contact us soon, we can get it done in time for the holidays and the parties and guests they bring!