A quick and affordable way to give your old bathtub a makeover is by refinishing it. With expert reglazing, you can get an impressive tub that looks good as new. Unfortunately, not all resurfacing jobs turn out perfectly, especially if the remodeling contractor you hire is inexperienced. Here are some of the most common tub resurfacing problems so you can be prepared.
Bubbles typically form on a refinished bathtub when air gets trapped between coating layers. Two reasons can cause this problem: improper curing of the coating or reglazing the tub without removing a previous finish.
If your tub was reglazed before, ensure that the contractor you hire completely strips the old finish. But if bubbles still form after this precaution, ask the refinisher to smooth out the surface. Typically, they can scrape the area and respray it with a new coating.
2. Sticky Feel
Aside from bubbles, an improperly prepared coating can cause a sticky feel to a reglazed tub. If the resurfacing materials had been cured using the required time and this still happened, they may not have been mixed properly. This problem typically doesn’t happen when you hire an expert with the necessary training to mix the materials at the correct ratios.
If the sticky feeling persists for over two days, contact the refinishing company to fix the problem. This issue should fall under their warranty.
Peeling is another common issue when a bathtub isn’t resurfaced correctly. The refinisher might have applied the coating too heavily, or the tub wasn’t cleaned properly before reglazing. The only solution for this problem is to ask a professional to strip the surface and respray the coating.
Your reglazed bathtub can fade if the refinisher had mixed and applied the coating too thinly or if you cleaned the tub with abrasive chemicals. To avoid this issue, ensure that the resurfacing company you hire uses only quality materials. Also, ask them which cleaners can be safely applied to your resurfaced tub.
5. Rough Texture
A successfully refinished tub should be smooth. But if you notice a rough and gritty texture, your refinishing contractor may not have sanded the tub surface properly before applying the coating. Ensuring the refinisher cleans the tub thoroughly during the process will help prevent this problem.
Revamp Your Old Tub With the Experts
The best way to avoid bathtub reglazing nightmares is by hiring a highly skilled and experienced refinisher. Contact us at Bath Innovations of Alabama, LLC, if you’re looking for tub resurfacing pros with the necessary expertise to turn aged and damaged tubs into pristine-looking ones. You will love the results you’ll get!