Standard Tub Resurfacing
Typically constructed of cast-iron or fiberglass, standard sized bathtubs are a staple in almost every home. Older cast-iron tubs were lined with porcelain, and still exist today due to their durability. More modern and lightweight fiberglass tubs became more popular due to their affordable price and strength that simulates real cast iron.
Standard size tubs are typically surrounded by three walls of tile that go three quarters of the way up the wall. And the tub is built into the wall and not free standing like an antique clawfoot tub. Sliding glass shower doors were once a popular fixture on standard size bathtubs but trends have shifted with shower curtains becoming more favorable.
With standard size tubs being one of the most consistently used part of any bathroom, most standard size bathtubs experience their fair share of abuse throughout their life. Restoring a standard size tub to its original, pristine condition doesn’t mean slapping a coat of paint on it and expecting the paint to remain. Let our refinishing specialists reglaze your family’s standard size tub with the appropriate materials so that it looks like you just moved in.
What’s involved with the standard bathtub resurfacing process?
To start, we apply a chemical etching substance that removes the gloss from the tub and makes the surface more porous. Then we coat the unfinished surface with a high-gloss, polymer topcoat that returns your old tub’s gleam and luster. But before we start resurfacing your standard size bathtub, we will protect your bathroom floor and other components by laying a plastic tarp on the floor and over surrounding walls. We take extra care to protect everything not being resurfaced from the etching solution.
The resurfacing process involves primer and paint materials that are applied using an industry-specific sprayer. In order to achieve a professional appearance, the primer and paint must be sprayed as evenly as possible over the entire surface of your standard size bathtub. It is important to keep the spraying in motion continuously while making sure the right amount of paint is placed on your bathtub. We do not recommend that you try to resurface your family’s bathtub using over-the-counter products and instructions from amateur websites.