Frequently Asked Questions

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My bathtub has a liner over it. Can it be refinished?

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bathtub refinishing

Yes, a bathtub that has a liner can be refinished. The refinishing process can be done after removing the liner from the bathtub.

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How long can a refinished bathtub last?

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Refinished Bathtub

If a refinished bathtub is properly maintained and no abrasive chemicals are used for cleaning, the tub may last as long as a new bathtub, that is for 10 to 15 years.

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Does bathtub refinishing have an odor?

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bathtub refinishing

Yes, a refinished bathtub may have an odor. New acrylic bathtub finishes contain solvents which make the finish hard and durable. The odor will disappear within 24 to 48 hours, and the finish will be completely cured.

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How long does a bathtub refinishing process take?

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bathtub refinishing process

The refinishing process for a standard size bathtub may require 3 to 5 hours. You may use the bathtub within 24 hours following the process.

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Will my refinished bathtub look like it has been painted?

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No, it will look very much like a new bathtub.

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How long does regrouting take?

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Grout filling
The process of regrouting usually takes one day.

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How long do I have to wait to use my shower after a regrout?

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Grout filling
You can use your shower after 24 hours, but waiting for 48 hours is highly recommended.

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What is regrouting?

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Old bathroom grout
Regrouting is the process where old grout between the tiles is removed and replaced with new grout. This includes removing and replacing the caulking with the new grout.

Regrouting improves the appearance of a tiled area at a fraction of the cost of replacing the tiles.

If regrouting is done correctly, you can give your tiled surfaces a fresh and new look simply by applying a new layer of grout.

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When should I regrout?

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Old bathroom grout
Regrouting can save you from spending thousands of dollars in remodeling your bathroom. Here are some signs to look for when its time to regrout your tiles:

  • When the grout is below the level of the tiles’ edge
  • When caulking is present
  • When you see leakage or water stains on the ceiling below the bathroom
  • When grout becomes mouldy or has mildew
  • Prior to any water damage to the substrate or below the tile surfaces, such as a kitchen counter top or shower floors and walls
  • Q?

    What are the basic qualities of ceramic tiles?

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    Ceramic tiles are heat, stain and scratch resistant. They come in various colors, shapes and sizes. They are cost-effective and can be repaired, resurfaced or regrouted. They can also be replaced easily when cracked or broken.

    Q?

    What are the different types of bathroom tiles available?

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    The different types of bathroom tiles available are:

  • Travertine
  • Metal
  • Limestone
  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Glass
  • Natural Stone
  • Ceramic or Porcelain
  • Q?

    What is bathtub resurfacing?

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    Bathtub resurfacing, also known as refinishing or reglazing, is a process that repairs any scratches or dents, removes the old finish and applies a fresh finish with a glossy top coat that makes the bathtub look brand new.

    Q?

    What colors are available?

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    We can match almost any color. We exclusively use the Benjamin Moore, or the color charts of the major bathroom fixture manufacturers. If these options do not suit your needs, then all you need to do is provide us with a sample, or the manufacturer's name, and color name if basing the color on a paint chip.

    Q?

    Is there any odor?

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    Unfortunately whenever you use any chemicals there is going to be an odor. How offensive it is depends upon each individual. We use a fan or ventilator depening on if there is a window in the room. This does help to evacuate most of the odors in the bathroom.

    Q?

    Is the Perma Ceram finish slippery?

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    In general we have found few instances where people complained about the finish being slippery. You may use a bathmat, but it MUST BE REMOVED after every use, and not left in the bathtub.If you feel the need for some added grip in a bathtub we also do have several options for this.

    Q?

    If my bathtub has been refinished before, can it be done again?

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    Yes, absolutely. There is no limit to how many times a fixture can be refinished.

    Q?

    How long does the finish last?

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    Generally with good care and maintanance the average finish lasts between 6-10 years.

    Q?

    What is the guarantee?

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    Up to five years from the date of completion. The finish is guaranteed against flaking, peeling, crazing, and any other workmanship defects.

    Q?

    How do I clean my Perma Ceram finish?

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    There are a wide variety of cleaners which are good. Most importantly they must be non-abrasive.

    Q?

    How long before I can use the fixture?

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    A resurfaced fixture is usually dry to the touch upon completion. However it takes 24 hours to harden for use.

    Q?

    How long does the process take?

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    Most work can be completed in less than one day. A typical bathtub takes between 1 and 3 hours depending on its existing condition.

    Q?

    How do I know if my fixture(s) are in need of resurfacing?

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    Generally there are two major reasons to consider resurfacing. 1) If your fixture is hard to clean, stained, or discolored; 2) To spruce up an old bathroom, ie change colors, or just make it look new again.

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    What is resurfacing?

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    Resurfacing (also referred to as reglazing, or refinishing) is a process that bonds a hard, glossy molecular chemical coating over the existing fixture. This process is most notably used on bathtubs, sinks, and wall tile. The process begins with cleaning, and an acid wash. After that, we sand, and mask, then apply a primer coat and 3 coats of material to acheive a glossy smooth finish. We then unmask and caulk where applicable.