Although every refinishing job is treated uniquely, we at R's generally follow the three processes below:
Your existing bathtub will be professionally cleaned with specialized industrial cleaners. Some of these products will actually break down the original surface in preparation for a brand-new finish.
All dirt, soap scum, detergents, dyes and other contaminants will be removed.
The existing plumbing fixtures and drain will be specially prepared for the process.
Surrounding tile walls will be prepared if they are to be refinished. The original caulk line on the bathtub, which is often mildewed, will be removed. Any pits, chips or other damage to the original bathtub surface will be repaired using specialty products designed for these surfaces.
Your bathroom will be masked off, which protects surfaces not meant to be refinished. Masking off your bathroom also minimizes dust, to ensure a pristine refinished surface. Air registers and dampers in the bathroom will be shut off and masked.
Special lighting and ventilation equipment will be set up. A nonslip tub surface may be installed at this time, if ordered by the customer.
Your new bathtub surface will be applied in three phases:
• Surface prep phase
• Bonding/priming phase
• Topcoat phase
All of these phases may require several application steps. Much of this work takes place in a sealed room, performed by trained personnel wearing protective equipment.
You should NEVER enter a room where a refinishing process is taking place, unless escorted by a refinishing professional. Many of the products used are applied by special spray equipment, to ensure a beautiful, durable high-gloss finish.
Your bathtub refinishing professional will remove the equipment and check the surface.
Cure times for the products may vary depending on the type of system used. Your bathtub refinishing professional will discuss this with you ahead of time.
A nonslip bath mat may be installed at this time.
Bathroom surfaces will be unmasked and a new bathtub caulk seam may be installed. The plumbing and drain will be made ready for use.
Once the refinishing process has been completed, your bathtub will look as shiny and beautiful as the day it was first installed.
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