Craig's Refinishing Tips

Refinishing Advice for Bathtubs, Counters, Cabinets & More!

23. June 2014 10:33
by Admin

Well Water and Refinished Bathtub Surfaces - The Never Ending Battle

23. June 2014 10:33 by Admin | 0 Comments

Another question I often receive is regarding "well water."  What’s the never ending battle you may ask? For most people who have well water it’s a number of things that need no mention (if you have well water, then you already know what they are).  For me, it’s the same questions many have when considering refinishing their bathtub, showers, tiles, etc... How does it stand up in areas where the water is EXTREMELY hard with high iron and magnesium? 

Well (no pun intended), it stands up just fine - refinishing you’re bathtub in these conditions is absolutely normal, but keep in mind that refinishing will not alleviate the problems that may reoccur soon after (unsightly rusty reddish stains, etc... will return quickly if not dealt with properly). I won’t go off on a rant about how to remove or handle well water stains, I’m sure all of you who deal with it have looked into it.  But I will reiterate, the most effective way to avoid the stains is to wipe down and thoroughly dry the bathtub, shower, tile, etc... after every use. Doing so goes a LONG WAY, trust me on that one.

Extra help- Trick of the Trade:

Having a polishing regiment in place for the notorious stain areas won’t prevent them altogether, but will help with the cleaning. You’ll notice the stains will wipe off with ease. A good Polishing Kit with Revitalizing Cream & Finishing Gloss in the drain area every couple weeks goes a long way. Remember: do not use any polish in the areas that you will be standing, as it will be very slippery, and could cause you to fall!

If you don't have a polishing kit available, be sure to check out the BathWorks Bathtub Polishing and Care Kit.



13. June 2014 09:51
by Admin

Spraying BathWorks DIY Kit with an HVLP Spray System - The Serious DIY'er!

13. June 2014 09:51 by Admin | 0 Comments

Can I spray the DIY kit instead of rolling it?!  This question is amongst the top 5 questions I receive, so I figure it needs a little extra attention.  When I first started receiving questions regarding this, I automatically assumed these questions were coming from a professional of some spray nature (tubs, countertops, painters, etc...), but you know what happens when we assume! It makes an A$$ out of you and ... you get the idea. Anyway, as it turns out, a significant portion of the questions were simply from the average DIY'er looking to spray their tub, instead of roll it. Go figure, I’m proud!

Now, to answer the question, yes you can spray the DIY Kit to help acquire a more professional look. However, the only product not included in the BathWorks DIY kit is the "Topcoat Reducer" which is used to thin the topcoat. Thinning will be necessary for spraying as well as for cleaning out your spray gun.  You can purchase our Topcoat Reducer in our "Pro Shop" ( or you can use Lacquer Thinner, which can be purchased at any chain hardware store. NOTE: if you decide to use Lacquer thinner, the dry times change, thinning ratio changes, and the over-spray can be overwhelming so you’ll need to ventilate the area very well!

We spray over 1500 residential bathtubs locally every year, so here are a few of our best tips for spraying a bathtub:

Here are a few tips to achieve a pro look when ROLLING the BathWorks DIY Bathtub Refinishing Kit:

  • Thoroughly clean the bathtub with Ajax or Comet before beginning.

  • Never "dry roll" and always have a good amount of product on the roller. The kit includes enough material to two coat the finish, so use it up!

Now  the secret  trick of the trade:

So in the end, the answer is YES, you can spray a tub.  BUT, being able to access the equipment, and going through the motions of spraying does not mean your tub will turn out the same as if a professional were to spray it.  Not because the product isn't good (BathWorks is the best bathtub refinishing product on the market, no doubt about it), but there's definitely a technique to doing it, that develops with time and experience.  So I typically recommend going with the Pre-val Kit, and rolling the rest.  In fact, we do the exact same thing in hotels all over the country, where they don't want us to use a large HVLP sprayer (hotels full of guests don't like fumes), so we just end up rolling the tub and using the Preval Kit to spray the top deck and lower curve.

In the end, it's up to you.  If you're confident that you can do a good job, then who am I to stop you from trying.  After all, that's what DIY is all about, right?

Happy spraying!

- C. Munro