Bathtub Refinishing Kit Information
Bathtub Refinishing Kits are one of those products that a lot of D.I.Y people want to try out and possibly it could be right for you. However, before you make that jump let's look at some facts so you can make an informed decision.
Bathtub refinishing kits vs. Professional coatings
Bathtub refinishing kits are selling for approximately $40 - $50 and claim you can refinish an average size bathtub with one kit. The problem with this statement is ... the statement itself. Let me explain, an average size bathtub is what most of us consider as being a bathtub surrounded by three tile walls and having an open front for either shower doors or a shower curtain. What this statement does not take into consideration is the fact that an average size bathtub can be porcelain (which is cast Iron with porcelain baked on), Fiberglass, Acrylic or Cultured Marble.
Each of these surfaces must be prepared for refinishing in a unique way and to simply throw them into a generic group is being extremely unfair to the consumer. An example of this is Porcelain. To refinish porcelain is completely different from refinishing fiberglass. In fact if you prepared the fiberglass bathtub in the same way you prepare a porcelain bathtub you would severely damage the Fiberglass bathtub! In saying that, let me say that the bathtub refinishing kits are not true refinishing but instead, bathtub painting. Paint such as epoxy paint goes on top of the surface and refinishing is a professionally applied coating that is integrated into the old surface. Our job as a professional is to make the two surfaces become one. I started my Bathtub and Tile refinishing business in 1991. In those days we had a ton of different coatings to choose from as long as we chose Epoxy Paint. I'm not being sarcastic the truth is there are different epoxy paints on the market. Some of the best we used at the time were Marine Grade Epoxy paint because it withstood the water and it had a uv protectant that helped it hold up a bit better. The issue was it was still paint and like all paint it was painted on top of the old surface so this meant as soon as water worked under the surface it would bubble and peel! However, with better adhesion promoters that were quickly introduced into our Industry the ability to stick the paint became better but only to the point so that instead of bubbling and peeling large areas it would chip and pit leaving a terrible looking surface and usually only lasting 4 months under daily use.
One of the many other problems we faced was that the epoxy paint would yellow when bleach was used. This is why if you notice the white bathtub refinishing kits look more like almond. I could never get an answer as to why that was but after seeing how they would yellow and the shade of yellow It was easy to conclude the slight almond color would disguise that issue.
Do professionals use bathtub refinishing kits?
As a bathtub refinishing pro since 1991 I can honestly tell you that during my first year of bathtub painting for apartments I did buy several kits. I tried them all to be completely honest. They were convenient and affordable and back then all I did was apartment work and they completely understood it was going to last about 6 months (A lease term) then it was offered as an incentive for the tenant to sign a new lease they could choose bathtub painting, wall painting or carpet cleaning.
Then in 1996 the Industry switched to Aliphatic Acrylic Urethane. This was a definite step up and lasted about a year before it would start to chip and was much more resistant to yellowing. It was an Industrial paint that contained two components much like Epoxy only instead of being mixed in equal portions of paint to hardener it was mixed at 4 parts paint to one part hardener. So it would flex better than Epoxy and for Fiberglass and Acrylic bathtubs it would not crack when the surface flexed under use.
You will still find many bathtub refinishing professionals using this paint and because the price has came down over the years it is still a thorn in the side of bathtub refinishing professionals that want to provide a permanent solution instead of a quick fix.
I started using Synthetic Porcelain in 2001 and the 2nd generation synthetic porcelain when it was available in 2009. It is a synergistic approach that relies on etching the old surface (which is no longer accomplished through harmful acids, instead I use a carbon pad that is machine operated at 2600 RPM's) Etching not only exposes pores but creates microscopic pores in the old surface, this allows the bonding solution called prohesion to be be hand rubbed working it into those pores which bonds on a molecular level so when the synthetic porcelain which contains fiberglass resin and liquid glass is applied using a H.V.L.P sprayer it lays down gently and works into the pores of the old surface. It is available in white and it will not yellow when bleach is used and it will not peel because it is chemically welded into, not painted on top of the old surface!
Bathtub Refinishing Dallas Prices
Today I had a bathtub refinishing project in Mesquite. I met a very nice lady that had a fiberglass bathtub that had become discolored over the years. The house was built in 1998 and fiberglass is bad about scratching and looking "dirty" I told her while I was there I could refinish the tile around the bathtub at no/ charge. There were some minor cracks in the grout between the tile and I told her it would seal the grout so it never mildews and also prevent water from getting behind the tile and damaging the wall. She was very appreciative and loved the finished result.
Bathtub refinishing Dallas sale prices are much lower than my everyday prices which you will find are less expensive then other professional's prices. Please keep in mind because this is so hard to prove because of the bait and switch tactics used by many in our Industry.
I see nothing wrong with charging between $500 - $600 for bathtub refinishing if it is accomplished correctly and if the business is upfront with the prices. I cringe when I see an advertisement for $300 (usually it is $299) only to then say they can bid the upon arrival to see if it needs any extra work. Then they name off several items that, to be very honest would be taken care of thru normal refinishing procedures. Please don't misunderstand me there are times when old coatings have to be removed and the old surface needs an hour of extra prep work before it can even be taped off. Under those conditions of course an additional charge is warranted. However, when the charge goes up because you have a nice home, live in a nice area, have a new boat or vehicle in the driveway.... That is unethical and to be honest cast a black cloud over our industry.
Bathtub Refinishing Dallas Difference
My name is James Calhoon. I own and operate Dallas Bathtub Refinishing and have since 1991. My price list are all inclusive which means the price I give you before arrival is the exact price you are going to pay. My price list can be seen by clicking on the price list link here or on the navigation menu at the top of my page.
The prices include prep work, They include masking off the surrounding area, they include recaulking around the tub or if it is a tub and tile combo they include replacing cracked or missing grout and recaulking. Also sales tax is included so when I give you a price that is exactly what you pay.
Bathtub Refinishing Dallas
I want to take a minute to address a problem I am seeing on a weekly basis. The Epoxy paint kits that have peeled away. I recently completed a bathtub refinishing job in Dallas and the resident told me they purchased 3 cans of the spray epoxy. They cleaned everything and used steel wool before applying the epoxy. They thought it would last a few years because the bathtub and tile was in a guest room that was rarely used.
They waited a full (7) days before using the bathtub after it was painted.
That was 6 months ago. It had been used 5 times according to the homeowner and started having problems from the very first time it was used. I was able to strip off the old paint, and apply the correct product using a synergistic procedure outlined <here>.
Moving at the speed of... sound?
After I upload a youtube video I will find myself wasting away a couple of hours jumping from video to video and inevitably I end up on that side of you tube that slaps you back into reality the "how did I get here videos" not all are that bad it usually takes a few to finally jar me back into place. Last night the one that did it for me was some guy removing a 6 inch long ingrown hair from his stomach.... I know.. I know.
So this morning I somehow got to a video that said radio waves don't actually fade out as they go into the solar system. They laughingly said that if there was a distant Galaxy that contained Alien Life and it was situated in the correct location the radio waves from "I Love Lucy" would just be arriving from when they were originally aired so if the alien life was like us they would think our Planet was like it was in the 1950's.
So this started me thinking
I watched some old commercials from the 50's era and seen one for women's face powder that contained "radioactive particles" (WOW). Then I started listening to music as I worked on my website and the 1956 Elvis "I was the One" from the Tupelo Miss. state fair came on. Then It went to rehearsal from I think around 1970. (below)
So I am thinking we have a great chance of making a good impression on the possible Aliens If they have been listening in from say the 50's type music and even going forward 20 years or so.... Now, If they get to the Justin Beiber (did I spell that right) music.... then people, we are going to be faced with some really ticked off Aliens?
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This week I came across (2) bathtubs that I would like to tell you about. The first one was in Highland Park,Tx. The painter had charged ... the cusomer didn't tell me what was charged actually but the lady told me the painter, which did an excellent job on the walls said he could refinish the bathtub too. He went up to Home Depot and bought the bathtub refinishing spray. When I seen it I was not expecting to see the heavy over spray on the chrome bathtub fixtures and there were several runs under the overflow drain and on the inside bathtub wall. So without thinking I said "Oh man, wow" and the poor lady asked Is it even something that can be fixed? I assured her it could and I assured her no extra fee would be charged. I explained "I was sorry I spoke out loud what I was thinking, It just took me by surprise". I was shocked I think in part because I had stumbled upon the one thing I have talked about for years. Bathtub painting is Not bathtub refinishing. This was honestly the perfect example of what I had warned against for so many years.
The above video will show more detail of what I mean. However, in the end I was able to make the bathtub look really good and the customer was extremely happy with the bathtub refinishing!
Bathtub Refinishing DFW
Bathtub refinishing has so much more to offer than what the name suggest. Not only can bathtub surfaces be restored and made new again but you will find that Tile, grout and standup showers can all be restored.
Unlike bathtub painting with Epoxy paint, bathtub refinishing is both scientific and synergistic in the approach to restoring Bathtub, Tile and shower surfaces.
The science behind bathtub, shower and tile surface restoration is actually remarkable. During the early 2000's an effort was made to develop a coating that could be professionally applied and able to withstand the abuse of different p.h. cleaners and bathing agents, hot water and cleaners used on a daily basis. The result was synthetic porcelain which is a nick name given to polyceramic glass glaze. It is a process that integrates the coating into the old surface and when correctly completed will look absolutely great and last for 20+ years which is the same lifespan as a new porcelain bathtub.
Bathtub zone is owner operated in Dallas,Tx. since 1991.