Bathtub Reglazing and Choosing the Right Service Your tub has become old and ugly and you think you’re ready a change. You are so tempted to buy that brand-new $300 bathtub unit at the retail hardware store. Or you can just reglaze or refinish that old tub for much less trouble and cost and still make everyone swear it’s new. For around $300 to $400, a reglazing company will add new coating to a regular-sized tub within a day, and it can be used again in just two to four days – way faster compared to a complete replacement. Finding a Good Bathtub Reglazer
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The goal of all bathtub refinishing projects is to give the homeowner a like-new bathtub unit, but truth is, not all bathtub reglazers can deliver on this. When searching for a good professional bathtub reglazing service, consider these tips:
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> Ask for quotes from at least three contractors. > Inquire about their product, how long it usually takes them to complete the project, and whether or not they will offer warranties or guarantees. > Research the contractor’s background, particularly their level of experience in reglazing and any certifications they may have. > As the project will require the reglazers to enter your home, know what kind of background checks are usually done on their workers or subcontractors. > Ask for client references and look at pictures of their past projects. > Don’t hire anyone who is not bonded, licensed and insured, no matter how great they may seem. The project estimate should be provided to you in written form. This helps you avoid surprise charges as the job wraps up. Typical Bathtub Reglazing Issues Even if you’ve hired the best professional in town, not all jobs turn out perfect. When it comes to bathtub reglazing, these are signs of problems you should watch out for: > Bubbles – indicates air is trapped in between individual paint layers, either because the bathtub was used before the paint could dry completely or the coating was not allowed to set properly > Fading – happens when the coating or paint is combined too thinly and not allowed to dry properly, or if the harsh and abrasive cleaners are used after the reglaze > Roughess – shows that the bathtub’s surface was not cleaned and sanded properly before the coating was applied > Tacky feel – a sign that the coating hasn’t properly set and might need reapplication, although it can also indicate that the reglazing chemicals were incorrectly mixed, or that there was something – perhaps a cleaning agent or chemical – that reacted with the coating Just because you plan to hire a professional bathtub reglazer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be in full control of your project. After learning about the ways to find a good contractor and spotting reglazing problems, everything should be just fine.