1.What is Resurfacing?
'Refinishing 'Re glazing' is a method whereby bathroom and kitchen surfaces can be prepared and resurfaced without removal using a coating system specifically formulated and manufactured for use in the bathroom and kitchen.
2. What can be resurfaced?
Many material types can be resurfaced using a variety of preparation and bonding methods followed by a top coating system suited to the intended use: Porcelain Ceramic Tile Cultured marble Gel Coat Pressure Laminates Metals Acrylic Vitreous china Vitreous Enamel Most hard surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen can be resurfaced: Baths Basins Shower Trays Wall Tiles Floor Tiles Benchtops Clawfoot baths Vanities Bathroom Fittings
3. Can I resurface the bath and tiles myself?
DIY bath paint kits are available in some hardware stores, but the results may not please you. There is also a possibility that 'peel back' may occur if any aspect of surface preparation is not done correctly.
Apart from brush marks and other visible surface imperfections, the cost of calling in a professional resurfacer when the surface begins to fail is considerably higher due to the extra cost of chemical stripping.
A 'factory finish' that will stand the test of time is achieved using professional spray equipment and specialised resurfacing knowledge.
4. A new bath may cost less than a resurface. So why resurface?
If a total bathroom renovation is planned, then replacing rather than resurfacing the built-in bath may be the simplest and cheapest alternative. The exception might be if your bath is a cast iron unit and you wish to hang on to it because of its size and solid construction.
When only the bath is being replaced due to wear and tear, the cost of the replacement bath is the cheapest part, because the work will most likely require the services of a carpenter, plumber and tiler. Matching floor and wall tiles will bedifficult if more than 15 years old, so extensive retiling may be necessary. The result is that the replacement of a tub costing only $200 to $500 can end up costing much, much more and cause a lot of inconvenience. More about resurfacing prices here
5. Can all resurfacing be done in-situ at home?
The majority of refinishing work is completed in the bathroom or kitchen without removal. However, some items like antique tubs, pedestal basins, refrigerators, etc, may be more easily resurfaced off-site in a workshop.
6. How is surface preparation completed?
Porcelain, vitreous enamel and ceramic surfaces must be chemically prepared in order to promote maximum bond between the new surface and mineral substrate. Proper preparation of such surfaces can only be achieved by correct use of either a suitable etch/primer or adhesor system. More about resurfacing here.
7.Will resurfacing take care of chips and other damage?
Chips, cracks and other damage in the original surface should always be repaired before refinishing.
8. What is the resurfacing material?
9. How many coats are needed to stand the test of time?
The number of coats applied (usually 4 to 5)
10. Are the chemicals and coatings toxic?
Unfortunately, they are not only hazardous to the applicator, who should wear special air breathing equipment, but can create a potential problem to the consumer.
11. Are there fumes during the resurfacing process and lingering smells afterwards?
All coatings will have some fumes.
12. How long does it take to refinish a bath?
Most jobs will take between 4 and 5 hours depending on repairs condition.
13. How long before I can re-use the tub after resurfacing?
4 to 24 hours depending on the coating system used.
14. Do I need to use a special cleaner with my resurfaced bath or bathroom?
Any non-abrasive quality detergent cleaner that dissolves fats and hard water deposits is suited to the purpose provide it is applied correctly and totally rinsed away afterwards.
ABRASIVE powder and cream cleaners and scouring pads must not be used under any circumstances.
15. Can a rubber mat be left in the bath?
No new or resurfaced tub will stand up to the permanent use of a bath mat over time. The suction cups on the mat bottom will eventually cause marking and in the case of a resurfaced bath, blistering due to airless immersion.
16. How long should the resurfaced bath last?
A properly maintained surface should provide many years of service. In the residential field the lifetime that might be expected is between 8 and 15 years depending on cleaning.
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