Ugly Tile? Alternative to replacement… Refinish!

Not very many know there is an alternative to ugly tile replacement. You have a bathtub tile surround that is in amazing shape. Installed in the 70’s or 80’s and still has the shiny new finish on it…..but it’s avocado green or canary yellow. YUCK! Do you really need to spend thousands to tear all that out and replace? Let alone work around the time required to complete that expensive project?

Get your ugly tile REFINISHED! Your tile is a perfect candidate for a refinish, just be sure your tile and grout are in good shape. What about fiberglass? Or cultured marble? Yep! Those too. You can change it to a classic white and match your sink or tub. Or even update the entire look of your bathroom with a classy multi-color finish. The refinish will make a drastic difference in your bathroom without the outrageous cost or time needed to complete it.

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Before, a 1980’s mess of swirls…

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After, a beautifully refinished bathtub!

Porcelain Tub Reglazing

More porcelain tubs are needing re-glazing every day, this is due to changes in the manufacturing process. When a cast iron or steel tubs are made, the tub is cast. A primer is applied and then the porcelain is baked on top. “They don’t make them like they used to” is true for this industry as well. Older tubs, pre-70/80’s tend to have a thicker layer of porcelain then recently made ones. These older models tend to last longer.

Have questions about how to make your new porcelain tub last longer?  Commercial cleaners and bathmats/bath stickers will chew up a new porcelain tub quickly. We are refinishing tubs 2-4 years old since the porcelain is thinner and the aggressive cleaners are used regularly. Over time the brand new high-gloss finish looses it’s shine and dirt begins to collect in the pores, making it difficult to clean. The only way to address this is to buy a new tub or get it refinished.

In order for that refinish to adhere for as long as possible, the porcelain needs to be acid etched, primer-ed and surface with a urethane acrylic top coat. It can last 15+ years if the correct cleaners are used.  At Colorado Tub Repair, we are happy to help with all of your Porcelain Tub Reglazing needs.

Bathtub Repair – Chips, cracks, scratches and stains

If it’s porcelain, fiberglass or even acrylic, a bathtub repair is an inexpensive alternative to replacing the entire tub. Chips & cracks? No problem. Scratches & stains? Fixable. Rust? We can remove it and repair the damaged area. Almond? Bone? No problem. It’s best if the surface has a shine to it. High gloss finishes will blend in beautifully. When a repair is completed professionally and correctly, anyone who looks/uses your bathtub and didn’t know the damage was there, will never even see it.  The repair is dremeled, if necessary. Filled, sanded flush with the existing surface. Acrylic color is matched and sprayed. But if the appropriate materials are not used, the finish can peel quickly or even the filler can pop out. You have to got through each step and not skimp on the material, to be sure it lasts. The repair takes approximately and hour to complete, 24 hours to cure and you’re free to take a long hot soak, damage free. Colorado Bathtub in need of Repair   Bathtub Repaired in Colorado

Bathtub Repair DIY vs Professional

When you’re considering your Bathtub Repair, DIY vs Professional comes into question.  Many times we have been called in to fix a DIY job which ends up costing a homeowner more money than they would have originally paid to hire a professional (usually with quite a few more headaches as well.)

We have had over a decade of experience with do-it-yourself bathtub repair vs professional bathtub restoration. Here is what we have discovered.

DIY Bathtub Repair

  • Incorrect material – Most DIY bathtub repair kits use weak chemical. We have repaired thousands of DIY kit attempts. Each repair will flake right off with a finger nail. That’s no way to repair a bathtub.
  • Incorrect color – DIY kits have a standard color and the more expensive ones have a few extra drops to help shade the finish. Unless you are practiced in these colors, you’ll run out of the material before you get a accurate shade of color
  • Inconvenient – Some kits require days to apply let alone cure. We have seen others, that have not been mixed just right, so they never fully cured. That resulted in a gummy finish that collected dirt.
  • Cheap – DIY kits can cost about half the price of a professional, not including your time.
  • No warranty

 

Professional Bathtub Repair

  • Material – When your bathtub is correctly repaired, the professional will walk you through the details. Dremel (if necessary), filler, sand, primer, urethan acrylic top coat. When these steps are followed correctly, you won’t be able to flick it off with a finger nail.
  • Color – A professional repair will blend in well, especially if the bathtub has a glossy finish to it still. For our repairs, if someone doesn’t knew the damage was there, they will never even see it. You think new homes are flaw less? Think again 🙂 New construction, even manufactures have their tubs repaired professionally if they are damaged on site.
  • Convenience – Depending on the extensiveness of the repair, most are completed within a hour or so and take 24 hours to cure. Then you’re all set to use the tub as normal.
  • Cost – Standard tub repairs are about double the cost of the repair kit. They rarely exceed $200.
  • Warranty

 

You get what you pay for in Bathtub Repairs.

 

 

 

 

 

Countertop Refinishing vs Replacing

The Countertop refinishing vs Replacing debate is never-ending. On the refinishing side, having them resurfaced correctly can extend the life of that existing countertop by 10-15 years. There are several multi-color options that, when completed, will provide a quartz look without the extra cost. They are very durable and stain resistant. You can obtain seamless countertops while repairing existing damage to the surface (i.e. knife damage, burn marks and large chips)

Countertops that can be refinished
There aren’t many surfaces that can’t be refinished. Tile, laminate, cultured marble and Formica are the most common. Concrete and wood surfaces are able to resurfaced as well. Makes a drastic difference in our home. See for yourself!

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Refinishing takes less time
Your bathroom and kitchen countertops can be completed in one day and need only 24 hours to cure. To replace countertops, assuming they are ready for you immediately (which is very rare), it can take a few days to a week to get them installed (assuming there aren’t any complications).

Refinishing costs up to 60% less than replacement
On average home owners save 30% – 70% on refinishing their existing countertops vs replacing them. As a standard point of reference, get multiple quotes of refinishing vs replacing. Compare warranties, durability, color and service.

Chip in a Bathtub

Putting your house on the market and you have a little ugly chip in a bathtub? Did you just finish spending hours remodeling your bathroom and then just discovered a chip in a bathtub?
How discouraging. But never fear, you won’t need to “settle” with a chip or demolish the bathroom to get it taken care of. Get it repaired! We can fill the area with a waterproof strong filler, match the urethane acrylic color to the existing color of your tub and BAM!! All better.

Takes less than an hour and the repair blends right in. Anyone that walks into your bathroom, will never even know it was damaged. How do you think new constructions bathtubs look so good?
Give us a call!

Cracks in your Fiberglass Shower Pan

Finding cracks in your fiberglass shower pan is more common than you think. There isn’t a week that goes by that we don’t get at least one call regarding fiberglass shower pan cracks.
The main cause for these cracks is poor installation. Some installers do not put the correct amount of support under the pan. We have seen pans supported only in the corners to just relying on the drain to reinforce not only the pan securely, but constant flow of water along with a human body. The lack of correct groundwork causes the fiberglass shower pan to flew and bow when weight is applied. Over a matter of months, cracks will slowly appear. Most common areas are around the drain, locations in the pan where the flex is the most drastic and/or where the supporting edge ends. The good news, instead of spending thousands to to get it pulled out, remove the surround, re-support and install a new shower pan; there is a good chance it can be repaired!! Click HERE for the details.

The second most common reason for cracks in a fiberglass shower pan is aging. On average, a fiberglass will last about 15-20 years before you’ll see signs of dryrot. Multiple spider, hair-line cracks will slowly appear in multiple areas, there will usually be minimum to no flex in these areas still. You need to tentative plan on replacing the shower pan in the next couple years. Getting the shower pan refinished can extend that time frame, by a few more years before it would need to be replaced.

Regardless of the situation, be sure you get a true professional bathtub specialist to review your options and provide you with sound advise.

Find a bathtub reglazer in Colorado

In order to find a bathtub reglazer in Colorado, Consumers can learn how to avoid bathtub reglazing scammers. Cheaper is not better in this particular industry. Often, going with the least expensive reglaze will cost you often double to correct their shady work. Bathtub reglazing is a specialized skill left best left to the pros, but how do you weed out the scammers from the true professionals? How do you tell which company is authentic vs. a handyman applying a cheap DIY kit that peels in a matter of weeks? Presently, we have 15 years of combined experience and have seen it all. Look for these key details in your bathtub refinisher.

State Licensing and Registration
Some states require specific certification to be able to provide reglazing to their customers. Call your state’s Business & Licensing Division to confirm if your area requires any special certification. Our state of CO doesn’t have any additional requirements, as of now.
Secondly, research that the company is registered and licensed with the state to preform work in that state. A LOT of companies have not completed this requirement. (Go to State of Colorado Business & Licensing website http://www.sos.state.co.us/biz/BusinessEntityCriteriaExt.do, type in the business name in the search field)

Insurance
Any and all contractors/subcontractor should be insured and bonded if you want to protect your home. If an accident should occur and they don’t have insurance you may need to spend extra cash to repair your home from any mishap that may occur. Accidents do happen, be sure the specialists that enter your home have coverage.

Correct Reglazing Process
We have run into several companies that provide a “good, better or best” refinish. Be cautious. Some customers have paid for the “best” version of a refinish, but only received the “good or better” refinish. Consider using a company that won’t give you anything but the best option. What is the best?
Each bathtub reglazing specialist will have a slightly different process, but there are 2 things that MUST be done to expect the best results.

  1. A porcelain bathtub must be acid etched. This is one of the first steps to complete and it is crucial for the adhesion of the primer coats. Now, some will call it an “acid wash”, ask for further clarification. General cleaning materials sold at your local general store have an acid in them (i.e. Scrubbing Bubbles, etc). That’s how that particular chemical cleans (which you should never use on any high gloss surface. Never ever. It eats the porcelain. But I’m jumping ahead of myself….). So when a company says it’s using an acid wash, it’s just a commercial cleaner. You want an acid on the porcelain. It opens up the pores in porcelain, removes any soap scum and body oil, eats surface rust and roughens the surface so the primes has something to grip too. You wouldn’t want to stain your hardwood floors without sanding them. Same concept here. Be sure they are using an acid. That’s crucial.
  2. Urethane Acrylic top coat is the only material on the market that you should have your bathtub top coat reglazed with. If the company you are considering uses an Epoxy top coat, don’t even bother. Epoxy’s are an incredible material for the adhesion, but they are not created to receive constant water. An Epoxy top coat can flake on you within a couple months to a couple years. They aren’t proven to last in this particular industry. The Urethane Acrylic top coat mimics porcelain and is the most durable material, second to porcelain itself (which is baked on). When the finish is well taken care of, you can usually expect 10 – 15+ years (if not more) out of a refinish if the company follows these 2 crucial steps.

Safety Equipment
A legitimate bathtub reglazing company will provide the best safety equipment to their specialists. Full body suits, protective gloves, eye and ear protection and a full-face atmosphere supplied respirator (i.e. A respirator that covers their full face and supplies fresh air to the individual). The chemical itself is not toxic to customers, but specialist are exposed to the material on a daily basis. If the company provides inadequate safety equipment, either they are 1. Not using the appropriate materials for the refinish or 2. Not providing the necessary equipment for their specialist as they should be. Either way, take this into account.

Written Warranty
A solid bathtub reglazer will provide you a written warranty on a standard refinish. Review the term and the maintenance requirements for this warranty. There will usually be general cleaning instructions provided on the companies website. Consider the length of the warranty. I know money talks but if you need to spend the same amount (maybe more) to strip and reglaze the surface again in another 1-3 years, it may be worth considering the longer warranty. Food for thought.

Customer Feedback
References
Ask for references! Call those reference! Ask about their experience with that company. Were they on time? How was the communication? Where they educated and informed over the phone/in person? Did they feel like the company was giving them a sales pitch or actually looking out for their best interest?

Online reviews
Yelp, Google +, BBB, website testimonials, Angie’s List, Facebook, LinkedIn….there are many more online tools you can use to review a companies performance before you decide to hire them. Take advantage of that information at your fingertips!

I hope this helps in your search for an bathtub reglazing specialist. If you need any further assistance or have any questions, don’t hesitate to call. This is what we do.
“Rub-dub-dub, we fix your tub.”