Your tub is not just old but also unsightly, and you think a change is in order. You are so tempted to buy that brand-new $300 bathtub unit at the retail hardware store. On the other hand, you can simply reglaze or refinish your old tub for much less hassle and cost and still have a tub your friends will swear is new.
For around $300 to $400, a reglazing company will add new coating to a regular-sized tub within a day, and it can be used again in just two to four days – way faster compared to a complete replacement.
Finding a Bathtub Reglazer
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Though all bathtub refinishing projects must result in a brand new-looking bathtub unit, not all service providers can deliver such results. To find the right professional bathtub reglazing service, take the following steps:
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> Ask for quotes from at least three contractors.
> Inquire about their product, how long it usually takes them to complete the project, and whether or not they will offer warranties or guarantees.
> Know more about the contractor’s background, especially their experience in the industry and if they have certifications.
> As the project will require the reglazers to enter your home, know what kind of background checks are usually done on their workers or subcontractors.
> Ask for client references and look at pictures of their past projects.
> Forget hiring someone without a license, bonding and insurance, even if they seem great every other way.
You should receive the project estimate in written form. This helps you avoid surprise charges as the job wraps up.
Typical Bathtub Reglazing Problems
Even if you’ve hired the best professional in town, not all jobs turn out perfect. These are the problem signs you need to watch out for:
> Bubbles – indicates there is air trapped in between individual paint layers, either because the coating was not allowed to set properly before the bathtub was used again, or drying time was simply inadequate
> Fading – happens when the coating or paint is combined too thinly and not allowed to dry properly, or if the harsh and abrasive cleaners are used after the reglaze
> Roughess – shows that before the coating was applied, the bathtub’s surface wasn’t sanded or cleaned properly
> Sticky feel – a sign that the reglaze coating hasn’t fully set and may have to be reapplied, although it’s also likely that the reglazing chemicals were not combined properly or that something, such as a cleaning agent, might have reacted with the coating
Just because you plan to hire a professional bathtub reglazer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be in full control of your project. After learning about the ways to find a good contractor and spotting reglazing problems, everything should be just fine.