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What Is Reglazing?

Over time, your bathroom surfaces can become worn, chipped, scratched, stained, discolored, and damaged by harsh cleaners. These damaged surfaces will hold dirt, soap scum, germs, mold, etc. resulting in a surface that is not only unattractive but one that creates a potentially unhealthy environment for your family. In addition, the colors that were desirable in homes fifty years ago are not necessarily desirable today.


Reglazing 101: Myths vs. Facts

Myth: Reglazing doesn't last - it peels, gets dull, turns yellow, chips easily and has to be done over and over again.

Fact: A properly reglazed surface will serve you for years to come. Our coating has a life of ten years or more. It will be resistant to chipping, hold its shine, retain its color and will not stain.



Myth: Reglazing is messy and time-consuming.

Fact: Most reglazing work can be completed in a matter of hours and is ready to use in two days. All hardware, fixtures, and areas surrounding the piece to be reglazed are masked off to prevent overspray. A light dust may settle on unmasked surfaces. This dust is easily wiped up by the homeowner.



Myth: Reglazing is expensive - I can replace a bathtub for what it costs to reglaze it.

Fact: Reglazing is far more cost effective than replacement. Many homeowners don't consider all the aspects of replacing their old bathtubs, sinks or tile. Ask yourself these questions….

-What will I find when I remove my old fixtures? Will I find crumbling walls or outdated plumbing that will also have to be replaced?

-Replacement pieces are inexpensive but what about the high charges for installation?

-Are there other home improvement projects I could do with the money I would save by not replacing my old fixtures?

Not considering these questions can end up costing homeowners far more than they expected, both in time and money. Reglazing doesn't disrupt plumbing, walls, floors or your plans for other home improvement projects.


What About Liners and Inserts?
The Good and The Bad....

The Good: *Most liners are durable; however, they will eventually wear out and need to be replaced; and since most liners are glued to the old bathtub when they are installed, getting them out is not an easy task; however, liner removal is possible as you can see in the pictures below. *Liners may be the only viable alternative to replacing a bathtub that is severely damaged and beyond the point of repair that reglazing can provide.

The Bad: *Most liners have the look and feel of plastic. *Liners are expensive - typically 300% more than reglazing. *Liners are usually "custom-made" and therefore their fabrication can result in weeks of down-time waiting for installation. *Liners create a layer of added thickness to your bathtub. This not only results in less usable bathing space, but it may lead to additional plumbing costs to extend the drain and overflow to reach to the new fixtures. It also results in a loss of floor space, as can be seen in the picture below. *If the liner does not match the contours of your bathtub exactly, you can experience flexing of the liner which can result in damage to the liner and water leakage between it and your original bathtub surface. This water will become stagnant and will create odor and mold problems.

LINERS CAN BE REMOVED!


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These pictures show a bathtub liner that was leaking. We were called out to remove the liner and assess the condition of the original bathtub.
The front of the liner here has been cut and pulled away from the original bathtub surface.
As you can see, since the liner does not match up to the contours of the bathtub, shims have been put in place to "build out" the bathtub prior to liner installation.

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As you can see here from the caulk line along the floor, there is a significant gap between the liner and the original bathtub, resulting in a loss of floor space

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Here you see an attempt to make a seal between the liner and the original bathtub overflow. In this case, silicone caulk was used.

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With this particular liner the seal around the drain and the overflow were failing and causing the liner to "float" in the original bathtub.
This can possibly lead to mold and mildew growth and damages the bond between the liner and the original bathtub.

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This picture shows that the silicone and tar applied to the original bathtub to secure the liner to the bathtub surface had not made contact with the liner.
This further shows the liner is not form-fitted to the original bathtub surface.

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The liner has been completely removed along with all silicone, tar and mold and mildew that were present due to the liner leakage, and the original bathtub surface has been fully restored.




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