When you are ready to refinish a bathtub and update its look, the first choices you make in process – whether to do it yourself and, if not, who you’ll hire to oversee the project – can be crucial to the outcome of the project.
That’s because if you decide to do the refinishing project on your own (and you don’t have experience refinishing tubs) or if you hire an inexperienced professional, it’s far more likely that mistakes will be made and that the bathtub refinishing project will end up:
- Costing more and taking longer to finish
- Leaving you with less than glowing or stellar results.
To help you make your upcoming bathtub refinishing project a success, below we have identified some of the most common and costly pitfalls that can upset a bathtub refinish:
- Cutting corners on the preparation process – The proper preparation is an essential foundation for a good bathtub refinishing job. To properly prepare a tub to be refinished, it needs to be thoroughly cleaned (including the faucet and associated fixtures); then sanded down (to remove the fine dirt particles); and then cleaned again (to remove any residual sanded down debris). Additionally, the old caulking needs to be removed, and plastic sheeting should be carefully set up around the tub (to protect the surround/other features in the bathroom).
- Using the wrong products for the refinishing process – Here, we are referring to both the products applied to the tub (e.g., the cleansers, primers, enamels, etc.) and the items used to apply those products to the tub (e.g., the rollers, brushes, etc.). The biggest mistake in using low-quality products is that they will never produce results that look as good as moderate- to high-quality products, and that can mean that you set yourself up for poor results (regardless of the other care or effort you put into the project) when this mistake is made.
- Not letting the tub completely dry between refinishing stages – This mistake usually arises from haste to get the job done and/or a lack of understanding about the importance of the drying phase. When the bathtub is not allowed to fully dry between refinishing stages, there’s a far greater chance that the primer and/or enamel coats will not properly adhere to the tub’s surface. While this can make for an unsightly result, it can also prevent the final stages from being completed (if enough moisture remains on the tub’s surface).
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Are you sick of looking at your dated bathroom? Do you want to wow your future houseguests with a new, attractive and more comfortable bathroom?
If you are nodding your head in agreement to these questions, here are some relatively easy and cost-effective bathroom updates you can make – without knocking down any walls or putting your bathroom out of commission for days or weeks at a time:
- Replace the smaller fixtures – The smaller fixtures in bathrooms, especially those that your family/guests are regularly touching, can become unsightly, discolored and damaged sooner than some of the other features in your bathroom. The good news is that replacing these fixtures (e.g., light switches, outlet covers, toilet paper holder, faucet spouts/handles, small shelves) can be pretty easy and inexpensive.
- Update your toiletry holders/dispensers – Specifically, these items can include things like the soap dispensers, toothbrush holders, etc. that sit around your sink (or in other areas of your bathroom).
- Change the lighting scheme – While this may be as simple as adding a new light or changing out some of the bathroom lightbulbs, it can also involve replacing the main (or secondary) lighting system(s) with something different.
- Get rid of the clutter – Given that updating your bathroom is likely driven by a desire to refresh its look, taking a critical look at the items that you do NOT need to store in your bathroom is another easy way to refresh its look. For example, if you are storing items like bath towels, extra toilet paper or other toiletries in your bathroom (and if there is limited space in your bathroom), consider finding a location outside (but near) your bathroom where these items can be stored. Opening up space – and leaving some open space – in your bathroom is a free and effective way to update its look while creating a new, spacious and welcoming feel.
A Word about Your Bathtub, Tile & Countertops
While the above bathroom upgrades can revive an outdated or dull-looking bathroom, they may only have minimal effect if your bathtub, the surrounding tile and/or bathroom countertops are chipping, cracked, stained or otherwise damaged.
In these situations, one of the most cost-effective upgrades you can invest in is refinishing these major fixtures (instead of replacing them).
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Yes – although the process can involve some different steps and/or products than are associated with refinishing jobs for acrylic, porcelain or fiberglass bathtubs, cast iron bathtubs can still be refinished to appear like new again. And refinishing cast iron (or any) bathtubs can save you a lot of money when compared to replacing the tub with a brand new one.
Overview of the Refinishing Process for Cast Iron Tubs
In general, the process of refinishing a cast iron tub will involve the following steps:
- The old caulk is removed from around the bathtub.
- A commercial cleanser is applied to the tub to remove any surface dirt, soap scum and/or grime.
- Once the tub is clean, the old enamel is removed.
- Then, the cast iron surface of the tub is rinsed and primed.
- Next, a new topcoat will be applied to the tub’s surface.
- The topcoat will be allowed to dry, after which the refinishing process will usually be done.
For more details about the specific steps and/or products that Colorado Tub Repair uses when refinishing cast iron (or other) bathtubs, contact us today. We’re happy to answer all of your questions about our methods, products and services.
Is it Time to Refinish My Cast Iron Tub?
This is a good question, and one that we get asked a lot. Generally, some of the more common signs that it’s time to refinish cast iron tubs include the following:
- The enamel surface covering the cast iron is starting to chip in certain places – Chipping can be a gateway for rusting, so fixing these eyesores ASAP is important on both a functional and visual level.
- Rust is developing in certain spots – Once you notice any rust on your cast iron tub, getting it refinished sooner rather than later is crucial to preventing further damage.
Contact Us for Affordable, Experienced Denver Bathtub Refinishing Services
Let us refinish the bathtubs, tile and/or countertops in your home. Contact us for a free quote today by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.