You know that the costs of labor and materials can quickly add up to a budget nightmare if you have ever considered remodeling your bathroom. To complete replacement of an old or outdated bathtub, bathtub refinishing or reglazing in your bathroom is touted as a cost-effective alternative, but tub refinishing is not without its disadvantages. Consider the potential problems associated with bathtub refinishing before reglazing your tub.
Old porcelain bathtubs actually have a porcelain topping and cast-iron bodies, which can last forever. In general, refinishing a bathtub means repainting the worn-out porcelain coat; you will find it the most specialized and complicated repainting job you will ever try. Specialized equipment and chemicals, diligent precautionary and a steady hand are required to do this job. Unless you have had some significant experience working with refinishing paints and chemicals, don’t ever take on this project yourself. The proper equipment and materials should be better if you consult with your home improvement supplier. Acid-etching solution and primer and porcelain paint products require you to follow the instructions. Because you will deal with corrosive acid first then with sprayed chemical paint, do not forget to wear special safety equipment.
Touted as simpler than replacement, bathroom refinishing installation process is anything but simple. Preparing the original bathtub surface with a range of abrasive chemicals that roughen up the surface to allow for a sealed bond is involved in the most important step in refinishing. If inhaled, the chemicals are hazardous; during the application to prevent illness, the room requires good ventilation and typically about five hours, you cannot use the bathroom during the application time. You cannot use the bathtub for as little as 24 and as many as 72 hours after the glaze is applied, depending on the specific product.
To create a smooth finish, bathtubs are made from porcelain, fiberglass and acrylic. A refinished bathtub is not as smooth as a standard bathtub though most refinishing products attempt to maintain a smooth finish. Particularly if the surface was contaminated with stray particles during the application process, the finished product may feel granular or sand-like. The likelihood of chipping is increased by significant texture as the paint catches on sponges or towels during cleaning.
To clean the surface without compromising the durability of the finished products, special maintenance is required by refinished bathtubs. Self-scrub or no-scrub cleansers are the only viable cleaning products for refinished bathtubs because any scrubbing may remove small pieces or promote peeling. You can use rags and soft sponges instead of steel wool or stiff-bristled brushes.
Te durability of some refinishing products reduces the cost effectiveness of a refinished bathtub though bathtub refinishing is less expensive than complete replacements. Due to wear over time or improper cleaning practices, reglazed bathtubs are prone to peeling, chipping and cracking. You must re-sand and retreat the entire area to maintain the integrity of the tub if the finish on a bathtub begins to peel.