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article we have posted in order for you to make an informed decision
. What to do with a washed up Old Bathtub? Click Here
Save big $$$!! Refinishing with Global Refinishing is the most
economical and efficient way to revitalize your bathroom, at
a mere fraction of the cost of replacement. Fixture replacement
involves not only the cost of new fixtures, but also replacing the
wall, tile, wallboard, tile floor and sub floor, plus pipes and
hardware which may be damaged during the removal of the tub.
This is very time consuming and expensive!.
Using the exclusive Global Refinishing process with your overall
remodeling plan you will realize spectacular savings, often as
much as 80% over the cost of replacement! This huge savings
will allow you to upgrade the quality of other fixtures and
Now let's take a look at Replacement...
These are five steps that are required to replace a typical bathtub.
It requires two men to remove a bathtub. It is hazardous, since a
tub can weigh as much as 1/4 ton.
The removal of the tub will cause damage to tile on floors and walls.
This removal requires plumbing disconnections and removal of
faucets and drains.
A new tub will have to be installed, creating more costs.
Replacement of tile and fixtures. This is a major expense.
This replacement procedure could inconvenience a family for
days while workmen track dirt and dust through your home, and
you and your family are without a bathroom.
The cost can vary, depending on the quality of the replacement
fixture and the amount of work and damage done to existing
plumbing, tile and plaster; usually $1,500 to $3,000.
But two better options are available to price-conscious
homeowners with tubs in need of a face-lift: tub liners and
tub refinishing. Both add years of life to an existing tub at a
fraction of the cost of full-scale replacement -- and in a
fraction of the time.
And now let's take a look at Bathtubs Liners....
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What are the pros and cons of Bathtub Liners?
Bathtub liners are molded plastic, PVC, or acrylic inserts which
are placed over an existing bathtub. Liners are marketed as an
alternative to replacement or refinishing. Bathtub liner companies
create exact molds, which they use to make liners that fit tubs
almost perfectly, wherever they're installed and whatever shape
they're in. The installer plays a critical role here as they are the
ones who take the precise measurements. Here's how the process
A local installer sends precise measurements and photographs of
the tub to company headquarters. The company identifies the
model, pulls it off the shelf and with a sheet of 1/4-in. ABS acrylic
-- the same material football helmets and airplane windshields
are made of -- vacuum-forms an exact mold of the tub. The result
is a 35-lb. Liner that slips over the tired tub like a new glove.
To install it, the local rep cleans the old tub with denatured alcohol,
removes the drain and overflow and trims the liner so it fits snugly
against the walls. Then, using a combination of two-sided butyl tape
and silicone adhesive, he attaches the liner to the old tub.
He finishes up by installing a new drain and overflow, and caulking
the seams. Once the liner is delivered, which can take four to eight
weeks, a single workman can install it in six to eight hours, and the
homeowner can bathe in it that same evening.
Here are some of the pros and cons of bathtub liners.
Most liners are fairly durable and resist chipping and scratching.
Liners may be the only alternative to replacement for tubs which
are severely damaged or deteriorated to a point where they can't
be economically refinished.
Liners may be appropriate to use in dorms or apartments where
tubs are likely to be subject to heavy use.
Liners are expensive. While liners themselves usually cost
$100 - $175, the total price to the consumer tends to be from
$850 - $1200.
Most liners look and feel like plastic.
Liners can take several weeks to install - they must be custom
molded, which requires one trip to measure, time to order from
the factory, time to ship, and a second trip to install.
Liners can create plumbing problems because the added thickness
of the liner may require an extension of the drain and overflow.
Liners suffer a bad reputation for allowing water to accumulate
between the old tub and the new liner. This water is almost
impossible to remove. The result can be a "squishy" feeling each
time someone steps in and out of the tub. Not only can the
misplaced water create "squishy" noises, but even worse, the
standing water can become stagnant, creating obnoxious odor
problems. Any small crack or hole which develops in the caulking
along the seam between the liner and the vertical wall surround
can allow water to penetrate.
Liners are fairly durable, but they can be scratched and damaged.
They eventually will wear out.
Liners can be difficult to replace. Since liners are glued to the
old tub when installed, they usually have to be ripped or cut out
in order to replace them.
If liners do not match the contours of the existing tub, then the
liner may flex back and forth and can crack over time.
Liners come in a limited choice of colors.
Bathtub liners are not available for fiberglass fixtures.
In this case you must refinish. Since your putting coating
on coating the refinishing job will out last a liner.
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Bathtub Refinishing IS right for you !
A Look at the process.
Bathtub refinishing or reglazing a worn-out bathtub is a more
site-intensive process. The first step is a proper cleaning. Bathtub
refinishing involves masking the surfaces around the tub to
protect from overs pray and properly venting the bathroom to
extract any odors. A reputable bathtub refinisher will use scent
masking agents such as cherry, lilac, cinnamon etc. After he has
removed the caulk, the refinisher cleans and opens the pours to allow an
adhesion promoter to penetrate. A reputable refinisher will use
some type of silane based bonding agent to ensure maximum
adhesion. We use the best in the business. Our exclusive
Next, the refinisher washes away the cleaning solution and
prepares the area and surface for spraying, He then sprays on
coats of a fast-drying primer mixed with a proprietary bonding
agent to promote adhesion. To finish, he gives the bathtub a
cleaning with a tack cloth to remove any dust particles, and then
sprays applications of a finish coat.
The whole process takes a single technician about three to six
hours, depending on how extensive the repair is, but the tub
needs to cure for a minimum of 10 hours before the water is
turned on. A refinished bathtub will mimic the original surface
in every way except durability. A properly refinished and
maintained bathtub will last up to 20 years. At an average of
$300 to $500 and unlimited colors it is the most
cost effective way to restore your bathtub.
So as you can see, Refinishing is the most
convenient, safe, fast and economical way to
go, with in most cases savings up to 80% over
the cost of replacement.
Can my existing fixtures be cleaned or polished
to restore the shine they've lost?
If your fixture is made of fiberglass, acrylic, or cultured marble,
it can - in some cases - be polished. If normal household cleaners
fail to bring back the shine on your other fixtures, your finish has
most likely been damaged or worn and has probably become
pitted and porous. The more you scrub, the worse it will be.
Do you need to etch it ?
No. We don't use Acid. Period.
We are environmentally friendly.
Plus Acid Etching is Corrosive, Dangerous and doesn't always work.
Many refinishing companies use a corrosive acid, usually hydrofluoric acid,
(some others use Muriatic Acid ) to chemically “etch” a porcelain or ceramic
tile surface in order to try to make the new coating to “stick.” Hydrofluoric
acid is so strong that it actually eats away the porcelain, creating “pits” and a
rougher area for the new coating to hold onto.
Corrosive materials, like hydrofluoric acid, are dangerous and can cause
burns to the technician using them. I know I got it on my fingernail and lost
it about 15 yrs ago, luckily it grew back though not as strong as the rest of
them. Acid can cause damage to fixtures, surrounding carpet or floors, if
misused or spilled. It is also corrosive to pipes if not properly neutralized
before pouring down a drain which the typical method of disposal. If acid
etching is used in your home or business, be sure the company is covered by
their own liability insurance and not your homeowner’s policy!
Acid etching can fail because even the smallest amount of moisture under the
new finish, at the tub’s edge or around the drain, can blister and force the
new finish to let go and peel and continue to peel as moisture works its way
underneath the finish.
Our exclusive bonding agent, GLOBALFUSION T-1000, enables us to
"fuse" (Hence the name) a new surface onto your tub fixture or tile. Our
process is like Chemical welding instead of a patch that's stuck on. This
bonding agent is an adhesion promoter that will cause a chemical bond at the
molecular level, a covalent bond where the surfaces will actually
share an electron! Global Refinishing’s smooth, hard finish will not peel and
will look like new for many years to come.
Do you remove the existing fixtures?
On bathtubs we ask that the drains and overflows (age and
condition permitting) are removed if you are considering replacing them.
On shower tile or sinks with individual
valves we can remove the handles and escutcheons.
How do you protect the room? Top of page
Every step is taken to ensure that all adjacent surfaces are
protected. Floors, counters and walls are covered or masked,
and an efficient ventilating system removes odors and dust
from the area while the work is in process.
Do you remove the old caulking?
Yes. We cut away all the old existing caulking. We know this
is the only way to properly reglaze a tub or sink. Then it can
be carefully re-caulked when the tub have
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When I have a fixture refinished does it
require special care or cleaning materials?
No! The new finish should be cleaned with a non-abrasive cleaner
just as you would with a new fixture or tile. Abrasives will damage
even the most durable surfaces over time. To clean your fixtures
we recommend using Fantastik, Formula 409, Lysol Tub & Tile
Cleaner, Scrubbing Bubbles or any similar product.
What if my bathtub or counter top is damaged?
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Small chips and cracks can be repaired during the cleaning and
preparation stage of refinishing. Your technician will inform you
if the chip or cracks cannot be repaired prior to refinishing your
fixture, and we are yet to see one that can't be repaired.
Can a single chip in my fixture be repaired?
Yes! It can be completely blended into the surface.
Is new coating real porcelain?
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No, it is a state-of-the-art synthetic glaze, which has the luster
and texture of porcelain with unbelievable durability and toughness.
How long does it take to restore a fixture, tile
Usually a few hours and almost always less than one day. Most
of the time is spent in preparing the original surface for refinishing.
When the top-coat has been applied, there is only a 24 hour
"curing" time required before the fixture can be used. This speed
minimizes the chance of dust contamination in the top-coat and
ensures a smooth finish.
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What should I do to prepare the fixture for
the restoration process?
Repair or replace any plumbing problems (leaking faucets, broken
handles, pipes) and remove any hardware such as shower doors
and tracks which are directly connected to the tub or sink. In almost
all cases we recommend that the shower doors be removed and
replaced. This allows the bathtub to be thoroughly prepared and
reglazed. Also please have the fixture to be refinished clean.
My bathtub has been refinished before and it
is peeling – why? Can it be refinished
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The primary cause for a refinished surface failing to adhere to the
old surface is improper surface preparation. Global Refinishing
ensures that the proper preparations are completed to insure that
proper adhesion is achieved and that you get a durable,
"like – new" finish on your refinished surface. Previously refinished,
peeling surfaces will need to be stripped off to properly fix the problem.
Additional charges are standard in the refinishing industry to remove
previously applied coatings, but fixtures can be refinished again correctly.
I’ve seen "refinishing kits" in several
"Do It-Yourself" retail stores, Isn’t your
process the same thing?
No! The "D-I-Y" kits utilize epoxy coatings. Epoxy coatings do
not retain color – in fact, epoxies will fade and turn yellow after
a relatively short period of time. Epoxies are not nearly as resilient,
colorfast, and durable as our superior, state of the art coatings.
Global Refinishing's process consists of modern, technologically
advanced coatings, combined with specifically designed bonding
agents and proper surface preparation to ensure proper adhesion
between the new and old surfaces. Our coatings are of far greater
quality than any "Do-It-Yourself" kit that would be found at a retail
store. Our coatings are not "paint" – rather they are chemical
components that form a tough, chemical resistant, mar and abrasion
resistant coating that is fully guaranteed against peeling,
bubbling, cracking, loss of color, yellowing, and general adhesion
failure in normal use conditions. Our finishes are designed to stand
up to their intended use - they do not require special care. However,
just like any brand new surface, a refinished surface can be
damaged if it is abused. Combined with our proper surface
preparation, and our specialized molecular bonding agents, our
coatings will retain their color and gloss and provide years and
years of reliable service.
Do it yourself will it stand the test of time
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The answer quite frankly is no. I've been in this business
over 20 years and have never seen one that lasted a year.
The "Do It Yourself " kits sold on the Internet, local
hardware stores, or your favorite Home improvement stores
are not designed to stand the test of time nor do they have
the chemical resistance a professional refinishing company
can offer you. Most products available to the general public,
through hardware stores, and on the Internet, fail within the
The problems with DIY kits are many but we'll concentrate
on the most important ones which cause most failures.
We have spoken to hundreds of consumers who have used
various Do-It Yourself refinishing products over the past
10 years and not one was happy with the results they achieved.
The complaints were centered around poor appearance and
product peeling, sometimes as soon as one week from
The problem is with the bonding process. Proper bonding of these
products, to a porcelain sink or bathtub, requires a professional
strength bonding or whetting agents, plus a delaminating solution.
They are usually only available to professional refinishers.
Some may include what they call bonding agents, but these bonders
and delaminating paste are hazardous chemicals. This is why
companies do not include them in the DIY kit you purchased
from the hardware store or off the Internet. If they do offer a bonding
agent they are usually just acetone or alcohol.
Not a real silane based adhesion promote like our exclusive
Also there is no one single product that can be used on all surfaces.
Refinishing requires many products.
Some companies may ask you to wipe your fixture with liquid
muriatic acid, alcohol, or TSP (trisodium phosphate). None of these
products will help properly bond their coating to your fixture.
They are not strong enough to delaminate porcelain to a degree
needed to form a proper mechanical bond. Keep in mind muriatic
acid is very hazardous, this is a chemical used in swimming pools
to balance PH levels. Bonding agents are rare too. They must be
formulated correctly as there are literally thousands of different
silane bonding agents each designed for each coating or process.
They are not interchangeable. You must also be able to perform
flawless body work and chip repair for the surface to be smooth
as glass. Take a flash light and lay it in the bottom of the tub.
Let the beam travel along the entire surface. This will reveal every
imperfection. You must be able to repair and contour these
imperfections or a high gloss coating will only amplify their
existence much like a new car on a lot where a hail storm has hit.
Nice and shinny but many dings and dents pronounced.
As for appearance, well, just think about this:
"How much experience do you have refinishing sinks and bathtubs?".
Refinishing is an art into itself, and requires years of experience to
perfect. You cannot expect to just brush on one of these products
and have your sink, or bathtub looking new again. Using a brushed
or rolled on coating is like burning down the barn to kill the rats.
To be smooth as glass the tub must be sprayed. How much
experience do you have spraying? I have 20 Years experience and
it requires all my concentration on every job and the best equipment
possible to get professional results. DIY KITS are self defeating.
Why is It is self defeating you may ask? For a DIY kit to be semi
smooth it must be " SELF LEVELING". This means it must be very
slow drying. A DIY kit must use a slow drying epoxy to try and get
rid of the brush marks. IT NEVER WORKS! Brush marks will
always be present. Another con to a slow drying coating to consider
is the maintenance. Remember the purpose of your refinishing is to
make the surface easy to maintain and clean.
A slow drying it will then be at the mercy of the environment for
surface contaminates from the A/C sanding dust, or just minor air
particles that will land on the surface. I don't care how clean the
environment is after 4 days the usual required dry time the surface
will be full of these foreign objects. For you all that say they make
a spray on DIY. Again it will be very slow drying, very thin, and it
will never last. Think about it. Why would we after 20 Years spend
money on Professional Spray Equipment if I could get away with
brushing it on with a $2 brush or spraying it on from Spray Paint Can?.
Now that you have dust and other particles embedded in the surface
plus brush marks for soap residue and body oils to cling to you,
you will now have a surface which will require often and more
aggressive cleaning methods thereby defeating the initial purpose
of having the surface refinished anyway. During those four days
of curing the DIY kits will have dust settled into the surface.
Only a professional knows how to prevent this.
When the product does fail, and it will, I do not expect a refund
from the company you purchased it from. They will say that you
did not properly follow the application directions. But even if you
get a refund you still have to contend with a tub that requires stripping.
Stripping a bathtub is a dangerous chore. You must use an aircraft
stripper or a car stripper which contains fumes which can burn and kill
quickly. I know of professional refinishers who have died while
stripping a bathtub.
This is why most refinishers charge up to $200 to strip an improperly
refinished bathtub. Even at $200 to strip a bathtub most refinishers
dread this chore and some will not even take the risk.
Do yourself a favor, and don't waste your time, not to mention your
money on these products. I ask all my customers to consider the
following. IF you are already saving thousands by having a
professional refinishing job why cheat yourself by brushing on
some cheap yellowing epoxy?
Especially a single component epoxy.
Can I change the color of my fixtures? Top of page
With our refinishing process you can choose from a complete
range of standard and custom colors. If tile walls are to be
refinished the grout must be in good condition as well as the
tiles. The new surface will retain the appearance of the tile and
design but its appearance will become the solid or multicolor
pattern you choose. The grout lines will be colored and sealed
as well, and consequently stay mildew free. Since a refinished
surface is non-porous it is much easier to clean with a spray
cleaner such as Lysol Tub & Tile Cleaner, Fantastic, or
Formula 409 and a cloth than getting in there with a brush,
scouring pad and an abrasive cleaner.
Will my bathtub or counter top look painted?
Definitely NOT. You probably will not be able to tell the
difference between a New bathtub and refinished one.
Refinishing will make that old chipped, stained, or
color-dated item look "New" again.
Will refinishing cause any damage or harm to
my home or pets?
Definitely NOT. Any odors from chemicals we use are
exhausted by window or fan and gone within a few hours.
But even so, pets should be kept away while we are there,
especially birds because they are more sensitive.
Why should I choose Global Refinishing for
my refinishing needs?
There are many reasons! We at Global Refinishing have been
restoring bathtubs and tile for many years and we are a very
respected name in the restoration industry with flawless feedback and A+
Rating with the Better Business Bureau of which we are members.
Our product is also incredibly beautiful, with exceptional shine and depth of
Your newly refinished bathtub or tile will keep it's new look for
years to come! Decades of developing, testing and technological
advances go into every new finish! Corrosion, chipping, fading
and scratching are simply not a problem with a Global Refinishing
finish. Because of the exceptional durability of our materials
we guarantee our residential bathtub refinishing with a 5 year warranty!
Is there a charge for an estimate or inspection?
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Of course not! We realize there is always a question or two not
covered in a web page. Please call and let us answer it for you,
TOLL FREE 1-866-930-TUBS
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