One of the disadvantages to living in an old house is the fact that many of the furniture or appliances that have already been installed start deteriorating after a while. This is often the case with the bathtub, and age starts taking its toll on the enamel especially. The coating either starts fading, cracking, or even chipping. Not only is this displeasing to the eye, but it can also have an effect on the quality of the material as this also loses its durability over time.
The solution isn’t always as clear cut as buying a new bathtub. It would require you to purchase a whole new tub and hire someone to install it properly. This can lead to unnecessary costs that can be avoided when you consider reglazing your bathtub.
Bathtub reglazing is a process in which the bathtub is recoated and the enamel is resprayed, rerolled, or rebrushed in order to restore it to its natural condition. In the process any damages that might have been done to your bath like chips or cracks are filled and fixed. The products that are used are of high quality to ensure that you won’t have to deal with this problem again in the near future.
The chemicals that are used during a bathtub reglaze can include epoxies, urethane, hybrid polyester-polyurethane, or polymers. These products are 100% for humans to come into close vicinity of them, once they have been fully treated after the reglazing process.
There are a few steps that will be taken during reglazing to ensure that your tub looks as good as new. Please note that it is important that these steps may only be carried out by a professional who has had the necessary training to reglaze a bathroom with these chemicals.
- Firstly, the bathroom will be vented out by a powerful ventilation system to make sure that any harmful fumes make their way to the outdoors.
- Then, the existing coating that has been applied by the factory is stripped off to make room for a brand new coat.
- A special industrial cleaner is then used to wash the tub to rid it of any extra debris. The surface is etched with a specialised product that makes it porous which will help the paint to get a better grip on it once it has been applied. After this the cleaner is rinsed off and the tub gets sanded down while still wet.
- When the tub is dry, any damaged parts of the tub will be repaired. This is done by using waterproof filler before it is sanded down until it’s smooth.
- A few coats of acrylic primer are then applied to the bathtub. After allowing this to dry, three coats of aliphatic acrylic urethane is then applied, which will lend the tub its gorgeous, glossy enamel finish.
After allowing the tub to dry for 24 to 48 hours, the tub is ready to use, displaying a finish very close to its original factory coating.
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