What does Your Bathtub Need? Where has the time gone? The time of raising your family has come and gone, and in the meantime you have not noticed the wear or tear on your bathtub. Now that you look at it, you can assess what needs to be done in your bathroom to bring your tub back to its former glory.
In the design of older homes it could be that some bathtubs were tucked away into a corner. For renovation purposes, the estimation in replacing and refitting the tight space with a new model might be too expensive for your budget. If it’s a galvanized tub, have you thought about what it would be worth to re-enamel instead?
Refinishing or resurfacing your bathtub is a job for the experts. Although there are do-it-yourself kits available, the experts know what they are doing when it comes to repairing damaged, chipped or cracked tubs. Tubs need to be stripped right down after repairs are made. Acid etching is used to prepare the surface of the tub. Methyl chloride is highly toxic and should be used with the greatest of care. Coats of primer are applied, and then a topcoat rolled, brushed or sprayed with polymers, urethanes or epoxies.
This work is quite hazardous, and the professionals would be equipped with special protective clothing and equipment in the form of respirators. Ensure that your family is out of the house for the day. The professionals work with powerful industrial-type exhausts to remove unpleasant and unsafe fumes, however, they may slightly linger overnight depending on how many coats have been applied. Keep your exhaust fan running until you are ready to retire for the evening.
A job done professionally though will give you a brand new looking tub ready for decades of use. Professionals will recommend not using abrasive cleaners or abrasive cloths that will scratch the tub. There are many natural bathroom cleaners now on the market that are far gentler, and much safer for the environment. Bring in the experts to talk about the options and benefits of re-enameling your old and tired bathtub. From there you can look at the costs of various renovation strategies and decide what works for you and your budget. Whether it is a new tub or a re-surfaced tub, you can still enjoy your relaxing winter soaks.