By Alan Knight
For over 20 years now, bathtub refinishing has been an option for restoring and beautifying ugly bathtubs. I recently read an article that raised the question, “Is bathtub refinishing a scam?” The article concluded, “No, it is not a scam, it is simply an option.” Those interested in the subject are concerned for one of a number of reasons:
Just a few years ago, most people had never heard of Bathtub Refinishing. It was thought that the only answer to an ugly bathtub was to simply jerk it out of the bathroom and replace it with a new one. That’s certainly an option, but unfortunately an expensive one. When you really do the research, you’ll find that removal and replacement with a new tub involves several expensive steps.
First, the old tub must be removed. That means it will have to be detached from all plumbing and its connection with wall tile and floor tile. Who is going to do this? The homeowner is ill-equipped to undertake such a thing. The tub may weigh upwards of 300 pounds if it is made of cast iron or steel. If it is made of fiberglass, it will make a tremendous mess. Greater yet, if it is a fiberglass shower surround model, it may require you cut it in pieces using a power saw, just to get it through the bathroom door and out of your house. A major undertaking, to say the least.
Many do-it-yourselfers have had the misconception that refinishing a bathtub was a simple process that anyone can do. Maybe they have visited Lowe’s or Home Depot and seen a refinishing “do-it-yourself” kit in the paint department. Unfortunately, it rarely works. First, the materials sold are not the quality needed to have pleasing, long-term results. It requires a person to use a brush or roller to apply the coating products. Again, the results are not going to please the average person. There is a huge difference between spraying an application and rolling it on. You might say, “I know how to use a sprayer.” Maybe, but is it the right system? The only system that works with the quality of a fine finish, similar to the original, is an HVLP rig. That stands for High Volume, Low Pressure, and requires a professional to apply it.
2. Learn from a professional training center how to refinish your tub. You might be thinking this is too expensive, but really it’s not. For as little as $495, you can learn to refinish your own tub (as well as cabinets, counter tops, etc.), and turn it into a business.
All of the coating and other materials that we teach you about (and use when we refinish a tub) are professional grade.
The first phase of coating requires a high-grade spray-on primer that dries quickly. Only then is the surface ready for the application of the professional top coat. The very best topcoats are acrylics. They will hold up much better than expoxies. This is also applied using the HVLP Spray Rig. The very best available can only be purchased from bathtub refinishing companies or specialized chemical companies.
Furthermore, the entire area around the tub must be covered with masking paper and masking tape. The floor must be covered and anything else that might come in contact with over spray. The technician involved in the refinishing process must protect him or herself as well. There should be proper ventilation in the bathroom. A fume extractor with a sufficient length of hose should be used and the technician must wear the proper protective gear, such as a high-quality respirator. Proper skin covering should also be considered.
And there is one added bonus. After receiving a Certificate of Completion from Tub King’s course, you can start your own bathtub and kitchen refinishing business. With the purchase of a professional spray rig, approximately $700 of coating materials, you’re now a skilled contract laborer. Not only would you now be trained to refinish tubs, but also counter tops, ceramic tile, appliances, sinks, and cabinets. Whether part-time or full-time, this could expand your income far beyond just being able to refinish your own tub.
Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed below and I’ll personally get back to you. Thanks for reading; it’s been my pleasure to share this information with you.
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