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Refinishing Advice for Bathtubs, Counters, Cabinets & More!

27. May 2013 14:09
by CMunro

Protect Your Investment - How to Maintain a New Tub Finish for the Long Term

27. May 2013 14:09 by CMunro | 0 Comments

Your bathtub has just been resurfaced by a professional or perhaps by yourself!  Here are a few tips to help protect your investment:

  • Avoid leaving wet washcloths on the surface for long periods of time.
  • Stay on top of the soap.  Soap scum will dull and dirty your finish very quickly! Unless you use a heavy abrasive it is quite difficult to remove.
  • Hair dye will permanently stain and ruin everything… I live with three women, I know!
  • When giving the dog a bath put down a towel to prevent scratches.  If you're giving your cat a bath, well, wear body armor!!! Wink
  • If you opted out of the non-slip bottom, and need to use a bathmat, use the non-suction cup kind.   Here's one we sell:

- CM

13. May 2013 13:26
by CMunro

Frequently Asked DIY Bathtub Refinishing Question

13. May 2013 13:26 by CMunro | 0 Comments

Here’s one of the many daily questions I receive at Tub Refinishing, Inc. regarding our commercial refinishing products:

"Hello.  I am interested in refinishing my bathtub; however, I cannot afford a professional to do this and would like to do it myself.  I have read that a lot of the do it yourself kits contain poor paints and other ingredients that do not last long and are not durable.  I am looking for a company that I can purchase professional grade products from to use myself.  Would you be willing to sell me the products that I need to redo my own tub?"

My Response:

We cannot sell our Shurbond products to the general public (you must be a trained refinishing professional to use them).  However, we do have a retail product for the DIY enthusiast, called BathWorks - a DIY Bathtub Refinishing Kit. I can assure you it is a top of the line, commercial grade bathtub and bath wall refinishing kit,  and it has been formulated to provide an extremely glossy, very durable, long lasting finish. It is easily rolled onto your tub, or you can purchase a preval spray kit, which will allow you to spray on the finish.  Either way will produce a beautiful result.

Here are the two products we typically recommend for most projects:

Please feel free to call with with any questions!


6. May 2013 11:03
by CMunro

DIY Bathtub Refinishing Kits: Yah or Nay?

6. May 2013 11:03 by CMunro | 0 Comments

There was a time when I definitely would have said “hire a professional!” Today, ah not so much! Look, we all know if you want a top notch, 100% professional turnout, then hire a professional. Simple as that. In doing so, as always, do your homework (how long have they been in business, quality referrals, warranty, etc...)! Please don’t support the bottom feeders! There are many great companies out there, and we sell to most of them! At (aka. Tub Refinishing, Inc.) we cater to both professionals (our “Pro Shop” Bathtub Refinishing Store), Hotels/Motels (our TubWorks product line), and the DIY'ers of the world (our BathWorks DIY Refinishing Kit line).  BathWorks is based on our professional refinishing products, but redeveloped to be useable and safe for the "weekend warrior."

Back to the “do it yourselfer.” I’m here to reassure you can refinish your own bathtub, tub/shower units, plastic bathtubs, shower stalls, tiles, shower basins, counter tops and sinks (kitchen and bathroom) with success!  As good as a reputable refinishing company, probably no, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty darn nice, and last for many years to come.  Not too mention, only another professional would be able to tell the difference.  Your friends and family will never be able to tell the difference (unless they happen to be a professional bathtub refinisher, of course).  Truly a great value for the money!  Plus, it’s a self rewarding DIY project.

What to look for in a Do It Yourself Bathtub refinishing Kit… NO Epoxy! Yes, it’s easy to use and doesn’t cost much, but let me tell you, you will get what you pay for! Epoxy DIY kits will not last the year. Epoxy is very quick to yellow, extremely thin, and easily chips.  It's pretty obvious that I'm a fan of our own BathWorks products, but with good reason.  We've spent many, many, many years perfecting it. More importantly, not only do we sell it, but we also use it ourselves!   In certain cases, hotels don't want us to spray the tubs (increase fumes), so we actually refinish the tubs using our very own BathWorks products.  I wonder if ANY of the other DIY Kit masterminds ever completed 798 rooms in an SLC Hilton or 572 bathtubs in a Cali Marriott, using their own DIY Kits?

Ha, Of course not! But we have, and the list of hotels and motels where we've used it goes on, and on.  Our “DIY Kit”  was developed (created/born) at a Homewood Suites in the Nation’s capital, because spraying was not an option! From that particular hotel project on, never again did we “spray” a bathtub in that hotel. 98 rooms later and a very pleased GM, a DIY Bathtub Refinishing kit (ahem, "king" Wink ) was born.

The important tips are to properly clean/scrub the bathtub first, follow the instructions step-by-step, and utilize the technical support if offered (another quality to look for in making your DIY decision - BathWorks has GREAT technical support - just give us a call, and you'll actually talk to a real person, maybe even me!). In doing that, a good DIY kit will look great and last many years.

My final take:  Some people like to “brew” their own brew, while others leave it to the Pro’s!  Either way, Cheers!

Happy Refinishing,
- CM