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.