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Separating Myth from Fact

Being in the refinishing business for over 40 years means we've just about seen and done it all when it comes to repairing and refinishing bathtubs, sinks, showers, shower floors and countertops.  As a matter of fact, when it comes to refinishing, some things just do not change.

Read through the following Myths and Facts, then contact us through email (Debbie@SharpRefinishing.com), phone (817.305.0300), or chat (see bottom right corner) if you have any questions.  

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MYTH:
You can BUY a new tub for less than the cost of having one refinished.

FACT:
It's true that you can BUY a new bathtub for less than the cost of having one refinished, but it is not true that you can replace one for the same cost - no where close, in fact.  Why?  Because to replace a bathtub, you have to physically remove the tub, which tears up some of the tile wall surrounding it, then get it through the bathroom and front doors to properly dispose of it.  Next, you'll need to have the tile that was torn away from the wall, repaired, and find new hardware for the new tub (that may not necessarily fit the existing plumbing).  That's how you can easily pay $2000 for a new tub.  Replacement vs. Refinishing - there's a big difference.

MYTH:
A refinished bathtub just looks like it has been painted.

FACT:
Ours won't!  In fact, it is impossible for an untrained eye to tell the difference between a brand new bathtub and one that has been refinished by us.  Regarding the smell, we use a ventilation and filtering system to reduce the fumes that naturally occur with the use of solvents.  Although you may notice a slight odor during the spray time or after we are finished, this is typically gone within a few hours.  Some people (about 1%) are hypersensitive to smells and may choose to leave the area while the work is being done.

MYTH:
A refinished bathtub won't "last."

FACT:
The durability of a refinished bathtub is very similar to that of a brand new bathtub, although new tubs are only guaranteed for one year.  If properly maintained, our refinished tubs could potentially last 20 years.  How do we know that for sure?  Because we have had a handful of customers whose tubs have lasted 20 years call us back to refinish them again.

MYTH:
It's always better to refinish a sink than it is to replace it.

FACT:
You may be surprised to know that we strongly suggest replacing, not refinishing, drop-in sinks. Why? Because it is less expensive and easier to do if the sink can simply be lifted up and out for replacement. However, if your sink is undermounted in granite or tile, the only alternative to tearing up the countertop when trying to replace, is to have the sink refinished.

Having said that, please note we only refinish “alcove”-type kitchen sinks (those located against a wall). We do not refinish kitchen sinks that are open to another room (the type usually set in an island overlooking another room). The reason is because one of the most important things in refinishing is to protect everything not being refinished from overspray, which is nearly impossible to do when a kitchen sink is wide open to another room.

If yours is an alcove sink, all hardware (handles, spout, and silver drain cover) touching the sink must be removed before we arrive to refinish (this is not a service we offer), and can be re-installed a couple of days after refinishing