- What should I do prior to your resurfacing technician arrival?
We require all shower screens and plastic soap bars to be removed and the wall behind to be in good clean condition. If you are unable to do this yourself, you may request that our operator remove these items for you, but the operator cannot be held responsible for any damage that may be caused. As sometimes these items have been in place for many years and can be difficult to remove. Please note that we are not responsible for the re-installation of any removed fittings. Also it is extremely helpful to remove any non fitted bathroom furniture, all toiletries and personal items from the bathroom.
- When do I need to resurface, reenamel my bath?
You bath needs to be resurfaced when the enamel coat has worn thin and you can feel pitting – series of very small holes – or roughness. If the bath has truly lost its shine or is badly scratched, or you want to change the colour, then we highly recommend you a full resurfacing service. Inspect your bath to get a better idea of its condition then give us a call to find out about the best course of action.
- I’m not sure if my bath just needs a good clean.
Many baths become coated in dirt and lime-scale and minor scratches over a number of years, even with regular cleaning. This can cause light roughness and discolouration. If this is the case and the surface is still in good condition, we offer a stain removal and polishing process to restore the smoothness and shine.
- Can I stop the rust in my buthtub by resurfacing?
If your bathtub has chips in it, or rust around the outlet, or areas where the surface is worn to the metal; then these areas must be repaired first before any re-surfacing work takes place.
The re-surfacing will only last if these areas have been repaired first.
- Painting the outside of your bath.
If you have a roll-top style of bath, then usually the outside of the bath is painted, often in a strong, bold colour. The specialist materials we use for the inside of the bath are not required, although if we do the outside for you we will use these materials.
This is something you can do yourself as the finish on the outside is not as critical as on the inside. After all, you are not going to be sitting naked on the outside. Nor is it going to be getting immersed in water.
If you do plan on doing the outside yourself, we recommend not using a high gloss finish as the outside of a cast iron bath is often quite rough and pitted and a glossy finish will just highlight this. A satin finish should look much better.
Also, doing the feet in a different colour helps to draw attention to them, and if you have clawed feet or the like – some of these baths can have quite impressive feet with a surprising amount of detail – then a different colour is really worth considering.
Or, if you prefer, we can do it for you.
- What is covered by a warranty?
The warranty covers general loss of adhesion or any other coating failure that can be attributed to workmanship of materials for a period of 5 years. It does not cover accidental damage misuse or failure of any substrate.
- How long should the resurfaced bath last?
A properly maintained surface should provide many years of service and enjoyment for the consumer. In the residential field the lifetime that might be expected is between 5 and 15 years depending on cleaning standards, avoidance of accidental damage and misuse. In the hotel industry the period is between 4 and 7 years depending on a daily cleaning standards the level of wear and tear and misuse.
- How long before I can re-use the bath after resurfacing?
Ready to use time can vary from 6-24 hours depending on the coating system used, ambient temperature and applicator technique.
- How long does it take to resurface, re-enamell a bath?
Professional resurfacing can produce a stunning makeover in just 1 day and at less than half the cost of the renovating alternative.The new surface is warranted against loss of adhesion for 5 years.
- What is the resurfacing process?
Of the bath surface is ground mechanically and then etched with acid for superior adhesion. All chips and imperfections are filled and sanded smooth. Epoxy primer is then pressure sprayed in 1-3 layers followed by 3 coats of ultra durable Polyurethane coating. Finally we clean all masking and apply anti-fungal silicone around the bath.
- Will resurfacing, re-enameling take care of chips and other damage?
Chips, cracks and other damage in the original surface should always be repaired before resurfacing. The area is filled to match the contour of surrounding area. Different repair materials are used, depending on the original surface. For instance the materials used to repair porcelain is different from that used on an acrylic surface.
- Can colour be changed or matched?
No matter what the original colour, it can be changed. The professional refinisher has specialized tints that enable the matching and mixing of almost any color.
- Why should I consider refinishing rather than replacement?
When considering the cost of replacement you must consider tear out, cost of replacement item, labor for installation not to mention the mess and time it will take. For example a normal cost for renovating a bathroom ranges from £2000 to £5000 and will usually take one and a half to two weeks to complete. Refinishing takes 1-2 days and will save up to 70% vs replacement.
- Wath can be resurfaced?
Many material types can be resurfaced using 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 and enamel. Most hard surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen can be resurfaced: baths, basins, shower trays, WC, bathroom fittings.
- What is Bath Resurfacing?
Sometimes referred to as “refinishing, reglazing or re-enameling”, resurfacing is a method wherby bathroom and kitchen surfaces can be prepaired and resurfaced in-situ without bathroom removal using a coating system specifically formulated and manufactured for use in the bathroom and kitchen environment. In practice a resurfaced bath can give good service between 5-15 years depending on use and cleaning methods.