Surface Magic Bathtub Refinishing

Replacing a bathtub will cost approximately $2,400.00 to $2,600.00, and usually takes 2-3 weeks to install from start to finish. The installation process often includes noise and dust, re-plumbing and re-tiling. Getting the old tub out and the new bathtub in can often be problematic as well.

But then something happened. Over the years, you put flower pots in the tub to water them. Big dogs with long claws got washed. Drano splashed on the tub floor. You left a metal tub-stopper chain on the tub deck too long, and when you picked it up a year later there was a rust shadow of that chain.
Your newly refinished bathtub will be shiny and easy to clean. You won’t need to scrub and bleach your bathtub to remove stains. In order to ensure your bathtub remains easy to clean over the years, you should use the following recommended cleaning procedures and products. Do you want to avoid soap scum? Use a liquid body wash instead of bar soap. Body wash and shampoo bottles etc. should not be left on bathtubs surface for long periods. Put them in a basket that hangs from the shower head or some place where they can dry out after use. Do you dislike the strong chemical smell of some bathroom cleaners? Avoid them by using plain water with a “Magic Eraser” or it’s house brand equivalent from Walmart, Target and many other stores. This may well be the easiest way to clean the tub, especially the non-skid area on the bottom (optional). If you wish to use a chemical cleaner, use a LIQUID cleaner that contains NO ABRASIVES, (even Soft scrub contains some abrasives.) If you have a problem with hard water leaving mineral stains, you may use a mild acid solution such as a liquid bowl cleaner. Dripping faucets, if not repaired, eventually damage the refinished surface. Repair leaking faucets to avoid this problem.  Bath mats with suction cups cannot be used. Other mats even without suction cups should be removed when not using bathtub. Avoid sharp or heavy objects from striking the surface. If you or a contractor needs to work around or over the bathtub, make sure it is well protected. If bathing a dog in the bathtub use an anti-slip mat or towel laid in the bottom to protect your dog from slipping prevent the bathtub being scratched.

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Bathtub Refinishing Buffalo NY

Frequently Asked Questions For Surface Magic llc Buffalo NY Bathtub Refinishing Answers to Frequently Asked Questions For Bathtub Refinishing How long does it take to refinish a tub? A regular bathtub takes approximately 3-4 hours, a fiberglass bathtub/shower unit takes approximately 5-6 hours and a tub and tile reglazing takes approximately 6-7 hours. If a bathtub has been refinished before and needs to be stripped, an additional 2 to 3 hours is needed. Back to top How long do I have to wait before I can use my bathtub after refinishing? Usually 48 hours, although if you need to use the bathtub sooner, an accelerator can be added to the process. However, there are advantages to the standard 48 hour cure time. Back to top Can you change the color of my tub? Yes, any color can be changed to any other color, from white to black to black to white. Most people prefer to change a colored bathtub to white for decorating and resale reasons.

How long will the refinished surface last? As long as the surface is properly cared for, it can last 15 to 20 or more years. You can compare it to a quality car finish, as long as you don’t drop a metal tool on it or clean it with an abrasive cleaner,it will look good for many years.

My bathroom is under construction, at what stage should we refinish the bathtub/tile? It is usually best to have everything else completed before refinishing, unless installing a toilet or vanity fixture partially obstructs the bathtub. Also, if you are having a tub/shower area refinished, it is best to wait until after refinishing to complete the wall painting around the tile or fiberglass.

Bathtub Resurfacing

What should I do before you arrive for refinishing a bathtub? Remove your personal items. Remove Shower curtains from the bathroom. Make sure there is a window within 30 feet that opens with the screen removed for exhausting. A clean bathroom is always appreciated. Clear a work space near the bathroom in the hallway to make room for needed equipment Fix any water leaks from your tub?s faucet. Confirm that electric and water are functioning, and the home heating is functional (in wintertime). Please do not schedule other work that day, especially any construction activity that creates dust. Loose tile or grout should be repaired ahead of time Be sure that all other work that you are planning in the bathroom is completed first i.e. tile and plumbing work. It?s the perfect time to replace your drain and overflow before reglazing. Wall painting, wallpaper, carpet and shower doors should be done after your bathtub is reglazed. This helps avoid damaging may occur while working around a newly reglazed bathtub with tools, ladders, spills etc. If a vanity or toilet is closer than 12 inches to your bathtub, you may wish to have it removed before reglazing. This ensures your bathtub is properly sprayed in that area. If you will be getting your tile walls done around the whole bathroom,you should remove the toilet tank so the tile behind it can be sprayed.(Leave the toilet base attached unless replacing). Of course, any cabinet that might be replaced should be removed.

It is usually best to have everything else completed before refinishing, unless installing a toilet or vanity fixture partially obstructs the bathtub. Also, if you are having a tub/shower area refinished, it is best to wait until after refinishing to complete the wall painting around the tile or fiberglass.
I exhaust the fumes using a powerful air blower during the refinishing process. This protects both you and me. I must have clean air outside the bathroom for my supplied air respirator to draw from.When the refinishing is completed, I recommend leaving the bathroom exhaust fan running with the window and bathroom door closed. This maintains air “suction” so that any residual odor doesn’t leave the bathroom. I recommend that young children or sensitive pets be kept away from the area as a precaution.

Bathtub Reglazing

If you’ve had your bathtub reglazed, it will require proper care to prevent scratches, chips and discoloration. Never use bleach, steel wool or abrasive cleaners on a reglazed bathtub; these will damage the coating. When cleaning, use nonabrasive, bleach-free kitchen cleaners instead. Bathtub mats with suction cups may tear the coating as well, so avoid these and use a urethane polish about every six months to extend the life of the coating.

I say – go for it! While not as complete as a full bathtub replacement or even a bathtub liner, bathtub resurfacing is a legitimate way of solving the problem of a nasty bathtub. Besides, bathtub liners come with their own set of problems: they can trap water and you lose the beauty of the tub itself (provided that you had a nice tub, to begin with). First of all, I do not recommend DIY refinishing bathtubs if you want a first-rate finish. You need to hire local bathtub refinishing contractors with the skills and, most importantly, right tools for the task. DIY refinishing is good in a pinch, and it has a shorter lifespan than if done by professionals.

There has been a lot of question lately in the tub refinishing industry in respect to cost. There is a lot of competition which forces the refinishing Bathtub Refinishing saves up to 80% over the cost of replacement. Removal of a tub is too messy and cost way too much! Q: How much does bathtub refinishing cost? A: Request free estimate. Bathtub refinishing in Buffalo NY and all commercial and residential locations within a 45 mile radius.