Fresh Tub with Atlanta Bathtub Refinishing
A fresh tub is easier than you think
After decades of abrasive cleaning that cause scratches or drippy faucets that cause rust and eventually holes, even the toughest porcelain bathtub may need its surface freshened up. Even fiberglass tubs are vulnerable to cracking or splitting. It use to be that you had to live with your tub’s chips and cracks or you ripped it out and got a new one. But, refinishing methods have gotten better and have become a cost-effective alternative to removal and replacement. This process can even change those green and pink tubs into better colors to follow today’s trends or merely bright white that never goes out of style.
Atlanta bathtub refinishing is a process that requires little time to prep and create and you can be using your brand new bathtub in just twenty-four hours! Old caulk around the tub is removed. Floors, walls, tile and tub fixtures are covered to protect against damage. The tub is then etched with acid. This abrasion of etching creates a surface to which the glaze will bond. If this isn’t done correctly, it will cause the new surface to peel. A couple of coats of glaze are applied and then the tub is left to dry, usually twenty-four hours. You can even add a non-slip bottom.
Most refinishing jobs come with a one-year warranty although most professionals will tell you that you can expect 5-10 years of good service from a refinished tub. Care is the key to the longevity of your tub. Only use liquid cleaners and nothing abrasive. Plain dish soap like Dawn and a sponge are effective as well as liquid foams and sprays that are designed to be gentle on such surfaces. It is also important not to keep bath items such as shampoo bottles on the rim of the tub. If you keep something on a tub surface that is wet, it will degrade the finish, which will cause blistering and peeling. Metal edge bottoms on shaving cream canisters can also erode the surface. Using proper care will allow your tub to look new and pristine for many years to come.
Refinishing can also be done on the tile surrounding your tub as well as vanity countertops and cabinets. The process is essentially the same but with countertops, textures and multiple colors can be added to get a granite or quartz-like finish. There are multitudes of refinishing changes that can be done to make your bathroom look new and fresh without having to replace what is already there.