Why Resurface your Bathtub, Tile, Sink, and Countertops?
Refinishing is the smart choice to deal with an outdated or damaged tub, counter top, sink, or wall tile. Chips, rust, cracks, stains, and dull areas completely go away. Fixtures with outdated colors can be changed to look new again. You can also choose the color to fit your new decor. Most customers can’t tell the difference between a resurfaced tub and a new one.
Faced with worn or dated fixtures, you have the choice of resurfacing or replacement. Think again about replacement. Replacement, especially bathtubs, includes expensive tradesmen and at least a week of hassles. Frequently demolition is required. That means noisy, dusty work that causes damage to your floors, walls and plumbing. Not to mention the cost savings. Replacing a tub can cost $2,500 or more.
|Cost||$2,500 – $4,500||$2,500 plus||$395-$450 for bathtub only
$495-$750 for tub and 3 wall surround Call For Our Prices
|Time Without Tub||7 – 14 days||2 days plus waiting for material to arrive||8 hours or less|
|Durability||15 plus years||5-10 years||10 – 15 years|
|Color Availability||Limited to what’s produced||Limited – only 3-5 standard colors||Any color is available|
|Look & Feel||Porcelain, plastic or fiberglass||Acrylic or plastic shell||Retains the look and feel of the original porcelain and ceramic fixtures|
|Disruption to Home & Life||Major: dust, debris, dumpsters, drywall, several workmen||Moderate: dust and debris||Minimal: one worker, done in a few hours|
Thinking about refinishing yourself? We strongly suggest you don’t. Bathtub refinishing or reglazing is not a do-it-yourself project. It involves the use of strong chemicals and materials not available to non-professionals and are beyond the skill and ability for most homeowners and untrained users. DIY kits are limited in their strength, durability, and way they are applied. Most often DIY refinishing jobs end up being redone by a professional with the additional cost of having to strip the peeling finish. If these kits actually worked, there’d be no need for professional refinishers!
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Choosing a Refinisher
Choosing a Refinisher is Difficult. Make a poor choice and you could be in for trouble. We actually see a fair amount of newly refinished tubs with runs or where the topcoat is peeling. The problems usually stem from improper surface preparation and poor quality materials. Here are some things to look for in a refinisher.
Quality Materials: The quality of the materials makes all the difference. Using inferior products increases the chances the finished product will peel or chip. We frequently get calls from customers who have had their tubs refinished with inferior materials. The finish is peeling or cracking. A tub that has been refinished with quality materials will last for 10 years or more if well maintained.
Workspace Preparation: Make sure your bathroom is protected from overspray. A little bit of topcoat material can get on your walls. It may not be apparent when both are white but even a little topcoat on a colored wall will stick out like a sore thumb. Also, make sure the bathroom is thoroughly ventilated. Some companies use a simple box fan stuck in a window. That just won’t do. Make sure the area is ventilated with a powerful exhaust system.
In short, the old adage “You get what you pay for” is very relevant to resurfacing/refinishing industry as well. PSR may not be the cheapest resurfacing company out there because anyone can offer a lower price by sacrificing the quality of their material, workmanship, and warranty. Remember: The most expensive home improvement project is the one you have to do twice!
Companies make a lot of promises but don’t always deliver. A written warranty is security you can bank on. Every resurfacing company out there will claim they use the best materials and are highly skilled. However, if they offer a short term warranty, are they as good as they claim to be?
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What cities do you service?
A: Located in Birmingham, AL we service the greater Central Alabama region. Call us for more information (205) 593-6996.
Q: How long does it take?
A: Refinishing a tub, sink, or countertop takes approximately four or more hours depending upon the package you select. Also, if the use of a stripper is required to remove a “Home Depot” or another “Professional” top coat, much more labor and time is involved.
Q: Is the new finish the same as the original finish?
A: We use a cutting edge patented polymer that bonds directly to the tub. It has the same look and feel of a new tub.
Q: How long after completion before we can use the tub?
A: Same day use with our premium topcoat, but at least 4 hours after completion. We recommend a 24 hour waiting period when possible.
Q: What kind of repairs can you do?
A: We can fix cracks, rust, scratches, dull spots, chips, pits, and discoloration with the resurfacing process. Kitchens countertops with knife cuts, scratches, burns and chips will also look like new. We carry 23 faux-granite colors and can resurface vanity sinks as well.
Q: Is “reglazing” and “resurfacing” the same as “refinishing”?
A: Yes, they all describe the act of preparing and refinishing porcelain, tile, or laminate fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen.
Q: What colors are available?
A: Refinishing offers many standard colors with an infinite amount of custom colors available. Using the Sherwin Williams color chart, select the name and number of the color you desire.
Q: Will my tub look painted?
A: No. It won’t have brush marks or drips. The topcoat material is applied with a HVLP spray gun that yields a super-smooth, high gloss finish.
Q: What if my fixture is damaged?
A: No problem. In fact, that’s one of the major reasons fixtures are refinished. Part of the process is fixing all types of damage. Contact us and we’ll be happy to give you our professional opinion.
Q: What bathroom and kitchen surfaces can be refinished?
A: Tubs, wall tile, sinks, vanity tops, showers and shower bases, cultured marble, formica countertops, cast iron, porcelain, pressed steel enamel, fiberglass, and acrylic.
Q: My tub was refinished by someone else and is peeling. What happened?
A: More than likely shortcuts were taken during the preparation process. This results in a weak bond between the topcoat and the previous finish. We meticulously prepare the surface so the bond is super strong resulting in years of use. We don’t skip steps and use the best premium materials money can buy.
Q: My fiberglass tub/shower has a crack in it. Can it be repaired?
A: Absolutely. We have several processes to fix fiberglass fixtures including inlays that are customized specifically for your fixture. The preferred method matches the severity of the damage. Call us and we’ll listen to your needs and recommend the most cost effective solution.
Q: Can I refinish my tub with a DIY kit from a home improvement store?
A: No. A professional refinisher utilizes equipment, products, and methods that are not available in DIY home kits. DIY kits are limited in strength and durability. They usually fail within a month or two. They typically consist of an epoxy coating that takes up to 5 days to dry and yellows significantly over time. Most kits are rolled or brushed on the fixture, giving an unsightly looking amateur finish. Some kits are sprayed on with an aerosol can, causing uneven coverage, dry spray and drips. The mirror-like finish you really want cannot be achieved without proper training and experience and professional spray equipment.
Q: Do you also refinish countertops, tile, or sinks?
A: Yes, yes and yes!
Q: Are there any offensive odors with refinishing?
A: Any time you have painting done in your home there will be some lingering paint odors for a couple days. We minimize these odors by using a sophisticated exhaust system that vents dust and odor to the outside while we work. Some companies use a box fan. That’s simply not enough. We also add a cinnamon or bubble gum scent to minimize the unpleasant odor!
Tubs/Vintage Clawfoot Tubs
The most common reasons to refinish a tub are: outdated colors (avocado, pink, sea foam green to name a few), damage, rust, and a dull finish. These are all remedied in just a few hours with our refinishing process. After refinishing, you have a tub with a smooth glossy finish that will stay looking great for years and is easy to maintain.
We typically can fix:
Tile refinishing is the easiest way to move from a grungy wall to a new one! Using special fillers, we repair cracks and holes. Then we fill any missing grout with material designed specifically for the refinishing process. Finally we prep the surface and apply the topcoat. The complete process yields a moisture proof barrier for years of mold-free use.
We typically can fix:
Refinishing a bathroom sink usually completes the transformation into a showcase bath. Outdated color is a very common reason for refinishing.
Chips and dull color are also common. After refinishing, the sink will look as good as new; all imperfections will be remedied and a brilliant, durable finish applied.
The kitchen is the gathering place for today’s busy families. Countertops have a big impact on the overall appearance and value of your home. The foundation of most countertops is fine; it’s just minor surface problems (stains, burns, and knife cuts) that makes them look tired and worn. Sometimes the color is dated, really dragging down the room. These problems just “go away” with our refinishing process.
Problem areas are fixed and a completely new, easy to clean, low maintenance, semi-gloss topcoat is applied. The result is a brand-new looking kitchen with attractive, durable counters. Ask about our new “faux” granite topcoat, available in a myriad of popular colors.
Is your tub or shower bottom cracked and leaking? You can’t just let it go. Water trapped underneath your tub or shower can cause damage to your home and worse, serious health problems. We can custom make a new bottom to fit over the damaged surface.
Our professional and attractive method of permanently fixing broken fiberglass and acrylic tub/shower bottoms is an affordable alternative to total replacement.
The Refinishing Process
Finally the topcoat is applied with a professional spray gun. The skill of our craftsmen mean the resulting finish will be durable, lasting, and free of drips or streaks.