What is Bathtub Refinishing?
Bathtub refinishing is the process of refreshing the surface of a worn, damaged bathtub to a like-new condition. This process typically involves repairing any damaged areas like chips or cracks. After repairs are made the surface is prepped with an acid etching. Etching provides a much better surface for adhesion, as tubs are very non-porous materials. Etching the surface provides a porous surface that will allow proper adhesion. Another possible method is to apply an adhesion-promoting bonding agent like silane to the surface before applying the coating. The two methods can be used in unison or independently. The greatest adhesion is achieved by using both methods together. Some new refinishing processes do not require the use of etching, by relying on silane alone. After preparing the surface, primer is applied, followed by a top coat. Generally, a catalyzed two-component cross-link synthetic white coating is applied, but the coating does not have the durability or abrasive tolerance of the original glass-enamel coating of a factory-new bathtub.
Can You Do It Yourself?
Yes, you CAN. But, you should not. Bathtub refinishing is possible using DIY kits from hardware stores, but some may choose a professional service company offering refinishing services. DIY kits generally do not offer the same level of bonding and thus, deteriorate more quickly, relying primarily on epoxy adhesion. Without professional spray equipment, the final aesthetic look may show brush or roller marks. You also have fumes to worry about and you probably don’t know a ton about ventilation. It’s easier to let the pros handle the whole job so you can trust that you don’t have to worry about any of those little things and you know they’ll be done right.
Is Bathtub Refinishing a Good Choice?
Of course it all depends on you and your exact situation, but more likely than not bathtub refinishing services are going to be exactly what you need. You spend truly a mere fraction of the money that you would on total bathtub replacement, you get done far far sooner, and and you don’t really have any mess to deal with! Unless your bathtub is truly falling apart, refinishing is the way to go.