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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


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