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 To complete replacement of an old or outdated bathtub, bathtub refinishing or reglazing in your bathroom is touted as a cost-effective alternative, but tub refinishing is not without its disadvantages.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.
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.