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.

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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.”

Bathtub Repair in Denver – Damage and Chip Repair

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.

 

Colorado Bathtub in need of Repair

Bathtub Repaired in Colorado

Flaking or Peeling Bathtub?

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!

 

Bathtub Reglazing in Denver – how to choose the right company!

Bathtub reglazing is a very complicated process.  Don’t be fooled by reglazing terminology, there are specific things to look for in your selected bathtub reglazing specialist. We will be looking at company requirements/policies, the correct reglazing process and customer feedback.

Company Requirements/Policies
State Licensing and Registration
First, 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. (State of Colorado Business & Licensing website http://www.sos.state.co.us/biz/BusinessEntityCriteriaExt.do)

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.

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 are 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.

Correct Reglazing Process
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 out of a refinish if the company follows these 2 crucial steps.

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.”

How to clean your bathtub

How to clean your bathtub directly effects the life of the tub itself. Common cleaners that you may find at your local general store are actually damaging to the porcelain, acrylic or gel coat finish. We are refinishing new tubs of homes that are 2 years old due to aggressive cleaning chemicals and bathmats (that will be a different blog)!

For example, AJAX, Comet, Soft Scrub, Scrubbing Bubbles, Tilex, are very damaging to any new or refinished bathtub.Why?

AJAX, Comet, etc. are very abrasive. For a porcelain tub, the high gloss finish would wear quickly using these. Regular cleanings will opening up the pores of the porcelain over time. Dirt, grim and soap scum collect in these pores and the tub becomes harder and harder to clean. We have even seen women use SOS pads to clean their bathtubs!!!

Soft Scrub is another very common cleaner, but the formula for this chemical contains acid. With regular cleanings, this chemical will strip the bathtub of it’s high gloss finish and, again, open up the pores. Then your back to aggressive cleaners. This applies to homemade DIY cleaners too. Any thing requiring vinegar (or even bleach) in the ingredients will damage your surface.

The best cleaner we have found over the years is Dawn Liquid Dish Soap. It cuts though oil, gentle on the finish and yet cuts through the dirt and soap scum. If you use dish soap to clean you brand new or refinished bathtub, you can expect the finish to hold 2 to 3 times longer than if you used abrasive or acidic cleaners. The KEY to this is, you must clean it regularly. If you let the tub go uncleaned for a period of a month or two, the dish soap will not cut through the build up.

If you tub is already to the point of needing aggressive cleaners?  Stop. You need to refinish the tub, give it a new shiny high-gloss surface again. After it has that new finish, use the correct cleaners. You won’t regret it.

Why is my bathtub reglaze peeling in Denver?

Why is my bathtub reglaze peeling in Denver? There can be several reasons!

We run into thousands of bathtub reglazes that are done improperly.

Either:

  • The bathtub was not acid etched. Many companies in Denver use just a quick wipe on bonding agent or even just a laquor to prep the bathtub before it is reglazed! How do you expect a new finish to adhere to the old one without roughing up the surface? Placing an acid etch on the bathtub does just that. It opens the pours in the porcelain, so the primer has something to adhere too. Which brings us to our next point…
  • Primer. If the bathtub doesn’t have multiple coats of primer applied to it first, the top coat won’t have the best adhesion. Primer is designed to adhere to the original surface, providing  binding layer the is better prepared to receive the high-gloss top coat.
  • The bathtub was reglazed with an Epoxy. Stay away from Denver companies that reglaze with Epoxies.  When it comes to a surface that will receive constant water, the material yellows and brittles. An epoxy finish can last 6 months to a couples years, in most cases.
  • The reglaze has served it’s purpose and is starting to show signs of wear. A reglaze, when completed properly and well taken care of can last 10-15+ years. If the new finish has lasted that stand of time, but has begun to peel, it may be time to get the bathtub reglazed again. The old finish would need to be stripped off down to the original porcelain and refinished again.

Be educated on the correct procedures when looking into the bathtub reglazing option in Denver. Before you hire a technician, discuss their process. Be aware of the time line required and chemicals they are using. Ask about warranties and maintenance instructions. Be informed.

 

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Peeling Bathtub Reglaze

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Tub Reglazing in Denver

Tub Reglazing in Denver is in growing popularity. Home Owners are becoming more aware of their options to update their home without spending thousands of dollars. There are several reasons to consider reglazing one’s bathtub:

  1. It’s cost effective. You will spend up to 1/5th of the price to refinish the existing bathtub vs. replacing it. 
  2. It’s green. Not only do we use green chemicals to finish the bathtub, you’re recycling!!
  3. It’s a time saver. We can reglaze your bathtub in Denver in 2-3 hours. It ONLY needs 24 hours for it to cure.
  4. It’s cleaner. You will not have drywall, plumbing and tile everywhere.
  5. It’s custom. Reglaze your bathtub to any color you would like. Add a non-skid finish, if desired.
  6. It supports your local Denver small business. We provide a quality finish with an amazing warranty.

See what a difference it makes!!

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Before Reglaze. Home owner used stick on non-skid on the bottom of the bathtub for years. It etched into the porcelain.

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We reglazed the bathtub with a pure white high-gloss finish. It will be easy to clean and brightens the whole bathroom