Above all, remember this: A like-new bathtub appearance cannot be achieved with Do-It-Yourself products. Only a professional refinisher has access to the high-tech, durable coatings that are required to give a bathtub its shiny new appearance. More importantly, only a seasoned, professional refinisher has the tools and skill to apply the surface correctly. Jim has mastered the art of refinishing and continues to be meticulous in every step of his work - truly an artist in his refinishing skills!
Time and Money!
When you're looking for the most cost-effective way to update the look of your home, consider refinishing your perfectly good bathtubs, showers, and shower floors - instead of replacing them.
There is no need to deal with the mess and chaos for days on end of tearing out plumbing, ripping up floors, and damaging walls to replace bathtubs or shower floors and walls that are still in good working order just because you want to update the color scheme or they have become stained, scratched, cracked, or otherwise damaged.
You can update the entire look of your bathroom just by having the items in them refinished so that they coordinate with your new décor - in a fraction of the time it would take to replace these items ... and at a fraction of the cost of replacing them. THAT'S why refinishing is THE time-and-money saving alternative to replacement .
Buying vs. Replacing
You don't really want to deal with this, do you? Unless you're gutting your bathroom down to the studs, there's no need to replace your bathtub, even if it IS old and ugly. That's why refinishing is for!
You can buy a brand new steel bathtub for the same cost as refinishing your existing tub - BUT - you can't replace the old one for the same cost as having it refinished! Why? Because the most expensive part of replacing a bathtub is definitely not the cost of the new tub. In fact, most of the expense of replacement is initially hidden.
The most expensive part of tub replacement begins with taking out the old tub, because in the process of doing that, parts of the bathroom tile have to be removed, which means you will need to hire a tilesetter to replace those tiles .. or can you even find tiles like that anymore?
In addition to tearing up the tile, the hardware for the new tub may not fit the old plumbing fixtures, so now you'll need to hire a plumber. And on and on it can go.
Remember, bathrooms are built around tubs. Can you even get it out of the bathroom or through the front door at all? If not, it will need to be cut in half. Even if you can maneuver it through the house to the outside, you'll still need to dispose of it properly.
Add up the cost of the new tub, a tilesetter, a plumber, and a host of other "unknowns" you may run into, and that simple idea of replacing your tub could end up costing thousands of dollars - and that's what makes refinishing more cost-effective.
Above all, remember this: A like-new bathtub appearance cannot be achieved with Do-It-Yourself products. Only a professional refinisher has access to the high-tech, durable coatings that are required to give a bathtub its shiny new appearance. More importantly, only a seasoned, professional refinisher has the tools and skill to apply the surface correctly.
Read our reviews and testimonials. Hear what others before you have said about our work - and then decide. We aren't the cheapest or most expensive out there, but we are the best in what we do, guaranteed!
Preparation is the Foundation!
Successful refinishing greatly depends on how well the surface is prepared before the actual refinishing takes place, and preparation steps differ depending on the type of surface being refinished (porcelain vs. fiberglass vs. acrylic).
All surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned and repaired first as the foundational step. On porcelain, we use an acid to etch the surface. On fiberglass and acrylic, we use a wet/dry sandpaper to "rough up" the surface so our product has something to adhere to. All areas not being refinished are completely protected by drop cloths, plastic, and masking paper.
There is SO much labor and time involved in prepping a bathroom to ensure there is no overspray, and that fumes and dust particles are kept to a minimum while spraying. All the areas not being sprayed are 'papered off' for protection, and a ventilation exhaust system is used to control, vent, and filter out and away the spray and fumes.
One of the comments we hear time and again is how meticulous Jim is as he goes about his work. Here is just one of these testimonials from a customer who had us come back to refinish a second tub in his home:
"Hi Debbie ... another beautiful refinishing job! Jim puts so much prep into it - I think the part you don’t see is as beautiful as the finished job. Thanks so much!"
It's a "Sprayed-On" Finish
Bathtub refinishing is known by several names: bathtub resurfacing, bathtub re-glazing, bathtub re-enameling, and even bathtub refurbishing. They all mean the same thing.
Bathtub refinishing is a "sprayed-on" process that can make a worn, damaged bathtub look like new again. This like-new appearance cannot be achieved with Do-It-Yourself products. Only a professional refinisher has access to the high-tech, durable coatings that are required to give a bathtub its shiny new appearance. More importantly, only a seasoned, professional refinisher has the tools and skill to apply the surface correctly.
Refinishing is not installing a liner on top of your existing bathtub. A 2-component urethane coating is applied with an HVLP gun (spray gun) when a bathtub is properly refinished by a professional refinisher. The picture above is actually Jim spraying a bathtub and the tile walls of a tub surround. Notice how he has masked off all the areas around him in order to protect the areas not being sprayed.
Porcelain bathtubs are etched with a flourine acid to give our process something to adhere to. The flourine acid neutralizes with water during the prep phase so there is no risk of toxic waste going down the drain.
After the surface is properly prepared, two primer coats are applied. This primer has a powerful bonding agent that shares common properties with the top coat which allows it to attach to the tub surface. The entire surface will then get a minimum of four top coats.
The coating will dry to the touch in 24 hours. The tub will be ready to use 48 hours after refinishing, but it will take a full 20 days for the process to totally "cure."
Our professionally-refinished bathtubs look, feel, and clean like brand new, and are extremely easy to keep clean. Cleaning a refinished surface usually takes no more than a washcloth and a very mild (no bleach or abrasives necessary) liquid or foam cleaner.
Jim has mastered the art of refinishing and continues to be meticulous in every step of his work - truly an artist in his refinishing skills!
Our service areas extend to most of the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. Jim's home base is Colleyville, so he generally services the cities of Argyle, Bedford, Carrollton, Colleyville, Coppell, Euless, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City, Haslet, Hurst, Justin, Keller, Lewisville, Northlake, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Roanoke, Saginaw, Southlake, Trophy Club, Watauga, and Westlake.
David's home base is Dallas, so he generally services the cities of Arlington, Cedar Hill, Dallas, DeSoto, Duncanville, Farmers Branch, Garland, Grand Prairie, Hutchins, Irving, Lancaster, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson, and Rowlett. These cities indicate our maximum travel range. Outside of these areas an additional travel charge would apply, or if Jim and David crossed areas.
Call Debbie at 817.305.0300 or email [email protected] if you're unsure whether we travel to your area without an additional travel charge, which generally ranges from $25-$50 per day.