Perhaps the most frequently asked question we receive is, "What is the process of "painting a tub" called?" This service is commonly referred to as refinishing, reglazing, resurfacing or renewing. For a lasting finish, however, there is much more involved in the process than simply applying paint and should only be completed by professionals using top quality materials and full safety equipment.
What type of surfaces can be repaired and/or refinished?
Fiberglass, porcelain over cast iron, enameled steel, acrylic, PVC/ABS plastic, plastic laminate, cultured marble, granite, and ceramic. These surfaces are on bathtubs, showers, tile, countertops, spas and swimming pools/steps. We can repair and/or refinish them for a fraction of the cost of replacing. We can also refinish most previously refinished surfaces.
How is a tub refinished?
The process to refinish a porcelain cast iron or enameled steel bathtub is; the caulking is removed, the bathtub is scrubbed clean, then etched, neutralized, thoroughly rinsed, wet sanded and a final clean. The acid based primer is sprayed on, next the textured floor is applied then the Poly II top coat is sprayed on. We will recaulk between the tub and tile. The finish coats are not porcelain or epoxy, but an extremely hard catalyzed acrylic urethane material.
To do a tile refinish the tile, grout and backer board must be in good condition or repaired to good condition. The tile and grout are thoroughly cleaned, the primers are applied, the color coat is sprayed on followed by our clear coat. The refinishing process for fiberglass, acrylic, plastic laminate and cultured marble is; the unit is thoroughly cleaned, the finish is wet sanded, cleaned again, the textured floor is applied then our Poly II catalyzed acrylic urethane top coating is sprayed on. With almost any type of refinishing the unit is ready to use the next day.
What type of material do you use to refinish?
Surface Specialists Poly II. It is our Poly II products that are a cut above the rest. The crucial difference is Cross- Link density. The most crucial difference between high and low performance coatings is the actual number of chemical bonds holding the molecules together. The higher the cross-link density, the higher levels of overall film durability and life –span of a tub refinish.
Poly II combines the distinct advantages of acrylics with the superior performance of an aliphatic-based ASTM Type 5 urethane coating system, producing a super tough film for extended coating life-spans. Since Poly II is a fully-linked system, it delivers the most long term value to your bathtub refinish, as compared to other coatings such as low link urethanes, polyesters, epoxies and enamels available today.
Fully-Linked Aliphatic Acrylic urethanes are widely used throughout the world for aerospace, maritime, and industrial uses where super-tough protection is needed. Poly II, at 4 H-pencil hardness, is the most resilient and the most popular of these types of urethanes. As Poly II is curing, the pigment settles to the bottom of the film and a clear resin rich layer forms on top. What is seen as a deep, rich gloss (95+) is actually a “wear layer” that provides long term protection of the gloss and color that is associated with premium quality urethanes.
What colors are available?
We can refinish your surfaces in virtually any color! In addition to our color page which is based on the Bemis Color chips, if you provide us a sample item or swatch, our manufacturer can custom make our coating to match your items.
Are Polyurethane Coatings better than epoxies?
Both coatings are equally as tough and wear the same. Urethanes, however, are much more colorfast and abrasion resistant.
How long will it last?
If proper cleaning procedures are followed, your newly refinished item will look beautiful for 12-18 years. Wall tile that is refinished should last indefinitely.
How long will my refinished item be out of use?
Poly II for tubs and showers is a 4 hour cure so you can use your tub or shower the next day. Poly II for countertops is a 24 hour cure so the countertops should not be used for 48 hours.
What should I use to clean a refinished surface?
Only non-abrasive cleaners and soaps; Spic & Span, “Dawn” blue dish soap or vinegar & water. DO NOT use Soft Scrub, Ajax, Comet, bleach or lemon cleansers or anything abrasive, caustic or acidic to clean bathtub.
Will a repair be noticeable?
Nine out of ten people will not be able to detect a repair.
Do you provide a warranty?
Yes, 5 year warranty on refinishes, overlays, liners and conversions. 1 year warranty on most spot repairs
How much does refinishing cost?
Most refinishing projects can be quoted over the phone or we will come to your place and do a free estimate. Usually refinishing saves at least 80% over the cost of replacement.
Where in the remodeling process does a refinish come in?
When all work above or around the item is completed and the room is clean and dust free as possible.
Are you lead certified?
If you are looking to refinish your kitchen or bathroom surfaces for a new updated look or just spot repair damaged surfaces, you will be happy you chose Surface Specialist Metro.