Our Process

Bathtub and Shower Restoration Process

Our typical surface restoration process for bathtub and showers includes the steps below. Depending on the tub or shower construction and materials, there are some variations in the process.

Visual & Hands-On Inspection

We begin by thoroughly inspecting the tub, shower and surrounding tiles for cracks, chips and overall condition. We check for loose tiles or loose/missing grout before refinishing the tile surround. If there are cracks or holes found in the tub, those must be properly repaired before our refinishing process can begin. We will typically be able to repair cracks, holes or leaks in tubs and showers then complete the refinishing process.

Refinishing Steel & Cast Iron Tubs and Porcelain & Ceramic Tile

The process of refinishing fiberglass and acrylic tubs and showers is very similar. We do not use the Industrial Cleaner on fiberglass or acrylic. The remaining steps still apply.

After completing our visual inspection, the refinishing process begins with a complete cleaning. We remove dirt, grime, soap build-up, hard water deposits and any other products that may have built up on the surface. We then remove all calking around the tub and shower. Once the surface has been cleaned, an industrial cleaner used to prepare all surfaces that will be refinished. This cleaner contains mild acids which provides a mild etch to porcelain and ceramic and is used to help prepare the surface to create a strong bond with the new finish.

After the industrial cleaner has been applied, a thorough rinse of the entire surface is completed to remove the cleaner and other impurities.

All of the surface areas to be refinished are sanded using progressively finer grit sandpaper for a nice smooth finish that will continue to allow for a strong bond with the finish. If there are any chips or deep scratches in the original finish, we repair using waterproof fillers and then sand and feather for a smooth finish.

After cleaning again, we prepare the room by masking and covering all areas that are not going to be restored. Countertops, mirrors, lights & fixtures are all covered to protect them from overspray that may be present in the room during the refinishing process. Our process involves using high-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) professional spray equipment to apply the new finish. A portable exhaust system is configured to remove much of the odor from the room being refinished. Ductwork is positioned so that the odors are removed safely outdoors.

Once the air venting is setup, a final inspection and cleaning is performed immediately prior to the application of the primer.

At least two coats of primer are applied to ensure complete coverage, then at least two coats of our final finish is applied.

  1. Inspection

  2. Cleaning

  3. Remove calking

  4. Apply industrial cleaner

  5. Sand entire surface

  6. Repair chips in original finish as necessary

  7. Cleaning

  8. Prepare surrounding area for finish application

  9. Inspect and clean again immediately prior to applying primer

  10. Apply at least two coats of primer to ensure full coverage

    • AEROSPACE PRIMER RESIN – is a 1 part resin, 1 part catalyst epoxy primer that is used in the bathtub & tile industry.

    • AEROSPACE PRIMER CATALYST – is a 1 part resin, 1 part catalyst epoxy primer that has 3 different silanes blended into the catalyst when its in resin form for increased adhesion properties for glass surfaces. This product is used in the bathtub & tile industry but is also sold to the automotive, marine and aircraft industry.

  11. Inspect primer application and touch up further if necessary

  12. Apply at least two coats of final finish

    • RESIN – is a 1 part resin, 1 part catalyst aliphatic acrylic polyurethane which carries a high sold resin in it. This coating is suggested for the bathtub & tile industry but is also used in the automotive, marine and aircraft industry.

    • CATALYST – is a 1 part resin, 1 part catalyst aliphatic acrylic polyurethane which carries a high sold resin in it. This coating is suggested for the bathtub & tile industry but is also used in the automotive, marine and aircraft industry.

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