Why Should I Refinish My Tub Instead of Replace It?

White tub that is half dirty and half cleanWhat is Bathtub Refinishing?

Also referred to as bathtub resurfacing or reglazing, bathtub refinishing involves returning a worn and/or damaged bathtub to its formerly pristine condition. The process includes a chemical etch around the surface before applying a synthetic glaze, which mimics the look and feel of your natural tub. Homeowners opt to refinish bathtubs primarily for three reasons:

Cost-Effective

Replacing a bathtub can cost homeowners thousands of dollars and create considerable inconvenience, especially if your home only has one bathroom or the second bathroom does not include a bathtub. Bathtub replacements often require the knocking down of one or more walls to remove the bathtub. You can expect to hire a plumber to perform the project and before the project ends, the plumber will have replaced costly baseboards and floor coverings. Refinishing a bathtub eliminates sticker shock.

Damage Control

Replacing a bathtub not only increases the likelihood of damage to your bathroom, but the process can also cause damage to other parts of your home that you do not immediately notice. For example, the replacement of a bathtub requires twisting off old pipes and screwing on new pipes. The change of water pipes can produce one or more leaks along the path of pipes running from the water source to the end of the bathtub faucet. Water leaks produce a host of problems that include the development of mold and the weakening of wooden support beams.

Much Shorter Project

Whether you replace or refinish a bathtub, you will have to hire a contractor to perform the work. The contractor will need much more time to replace the bathtub than the time it takes to refinish the surface of the bathtub. Bath Magic’s deluxe finish will dry in four hours, meaning you can use your reglazed tub that same day!

View replacing a bathtub as a home improvement project of last resort. In most cases, a more efficient and less costly refinishing job is the answer to your bathtub enhancement needs. If you are interested in refinishing your bathtub, contact Bath Magic! We have been refinishing tubs, sinks, and tile across the Midwest since 1993 and can alter the color of your tub to match your current aesthetic. Bath Magic can be reached by calling 1 (800) 477-8827 or by filling out our online contact form.

How Can I Tell If My Surface Needs Reglazing?

You recently remodeled your bathroom, and it now has all the features and fixtures you’ve wanted in the room. Everything is fresh and clean, but there’s something that feels slightly off: your bathtub or tile surfaces. Whether the color no longer fits in with your bathroom’s color scheme or the bathtub and tile is dull and worn, there are signs that reglazing might be right for you!

What to Notice on Your Porcelain SurfacesBath Magic reglazing

As your bathtub is used over the years, chips and cracks are likely to develop as a sign of normal wear and tear. This can be caused by dropping heavy or sharp items and abrasive cleaners stripping the glossy coat over time. Chips usually start out small, and are the first sign your tub should be resurfaced.  After several years of use and cleaning, your tub may begin to look worn and discolored, from a slightly gray tint forming to patches along the inside of the tub. The tub’s shine will grow duller, and a new glaze can restore it back to its former glory. Part of the problem may even be the original color of the tub or tile: your green fixtures may have matched the previous homeowner’s aesthetic, but the large focal points of your bathroom no longer go with the updates you have chosen. When you reglaze your bathtub, sink or tile, you’ll be able to select a glaze that matches your current toilet, or an entirely different color to match the rest of the bathroom. Reglazing allows you to transform your surfaces without the time and hassle of looking for a replacement.

Bathtub Reglazing in Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana & Michigan

If you are looking to have your surface reglazed, contact Bath Magic today! We serve an expansive area across the Midwest and will come right to your home- by using our deluxe finish, you’ll be able to use your tub again that day! Bath Magic can be reached by calling (800) 477-8827 or by filling out our online contact form.

How Should I Clean My Resurfaced Bathtub?

After having your bathtub reglazed, you will need to follow specific care instructions to keep your tub shiny and new. Eventually, you’ll need to clean your tub to remove leftover soap and grime, but keeping your refinished surface perfect will require some special care.

Cleaning Your Resurfaced BathtubCleaning a refinished bathtub

While you can use your tub after it dries, you should avoid cleaning the tub with strong chemicals for the first month after resurfacing. A mild soap and soft sponge may be used to clean the surface of the tub for the first few weeks. After 30 days, you can begin using non-aerosol cleaners on your tub. For best results, Bath Magic recommends using gentle cleaners available in trigger-pump bottles, letting the cleaner sit on your tub for 3-5 minutes before wiping it down with a non-abrasive sponge or a soft, dampened cloth and thoroughly rinsing. Leaving chemicals on your surface without completely rinsing them off can damage the glaze.

Before cleaning your tub, you should remove all bottles and caddies from the surface. Your bath mat should not have suction cups on the bottom of the mat. Suction cups can add pressure and cause damage to your refinished surface, from markings to peeling the glaze. Bath Magic has a line of safety mats available to keep you safe from slipping and falling and prevent imperfections on your new surface.

Bathtub, Sink & Tile Resurfacing Across the Midwest

If you have an older tub and want to reinforce its shine, contact Bath Magic! Since 1993, we have been reglazing tile surfaces across six states, giving worn fixtures the appearance of being like new without you having to replace it. Our technicians go right to you! If you have questions about the proper cleaning products to use on your new surface, call Bath Magic at (800) 477-8827 or fill out our online contact form!

How to Recaulk Your Refinished Bathtub

Bath Magic caulking bathtubAfter you have your bathtub refinished, you will need to recaulk the edges of your tub. The existing caulk will be removed as part of the refinishing process, and you will need to reapply before using your new surface to prevent water damage.

You will begin by using a tape to block off the area you are planning to caulk. Apply the tape to the walls around your tub, leaving an approximately ¼ inch gap between the bottom of the tape, and the tub surface. Do not apply the tape to your reglazed surface.  Cut the tip of the caulk at a slight angle so it fits neatly in the gap between your tub and the wall. Load the caulk into the caulk gun and move along the gap. Move at an even pace; moving too slowly causes the caulk to pile up and moving too fast will lead to a layer that breaks or is too thin to hold. After you are done, smooth the line over with a wet index finger. Use a wet sponge or cloth clean up any smudges that are on the tub.  The caulked surface should be even along the edge. Remove the tape and wait for the caulk to dry before using your bathtub.

If you are interested in having your bathtub refinished, contact Bath Magic today! Bath Magic has been refinishing bathtubs, sinks, and tile since 1993, and has an extensive service area in the Midwest. Refinishing can give your surface a like-new appearance, without the hassle or time of replacement. To contact Bath Magic about scheduling a reglazing, call us at (800) 477-8827 or fill out our online estimate form!

Benefits of Refinishing Your Bathtub

Half refinished bathtub by Bath MagicReglazing, or resurfacing, Is the process of restoring your worn tub until it looks like new. Prices may vary based on the tub’s condition and your location, but it is a relatively inexpensive procedure and will cost much less than replacing the whole unit. It can be used as a means to repair the tub or, if you move and dislike the color scheme in your new bathroom, change the color while keeping the fixtures.

Refinished tubs have an extended lifespan of up to ten years, depending on the type of finish. Bath Magic uses an Acyrlic Urethane finish, which bonds the molecules of the finish more than an Epoxy coating and makes the finish stronger. Most finishes will completely dry within two days, minimizing your bathroom’s downtime. You will also save money because refinishing doesn’t require use of a plumber or a contractor, just a refinishing technician. It is best to have a professional take on this job because a professional will come with a ventilating system you may not be able to replicate on your own. After the chemicals are applied, there will be a lingering smell that will dissipate after a day or two.

Bath Magic refinishes tile surfaces across the Midwest, from bathtubs to sinks and wall tile. We will provide you with a quote for refinishing your surface in any color from our selections from the top two fixture manufacturers in the country, and then send a technician out to complete the job based on your schedule. The entire process will take between 4-6 hours. To contact Bath Magic about scheduling a reglazing, call us at (800) 477-8827 or fill out our online estimate form!