WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
As is the key to any job, the preparation work is the key.
After making sure that the bathtub is completely clean and the old caulk is removed, we apply a chemical etch to the bathtub. This chemical etch makes the surface more porous than the original finish. This will allow the new base coating to penetrate into the old surface and create an outstanding bonded base coating to apply the finish coatings to. This is a very important and necessary step! Other refinishers might tell you that their product does not need a porous surface. This is not exactly true. They just don't want to spend the money or deal with the chemical etch. After years in the industry we can tell you that it IS necessary to ensure a long lasting and durable bond for the coatings applied. Chemical etching is expensive, and we don't like doing it, but it is the right way to do this job. You should be sure that anyone who resurfaces your bathtub chemically etches it first.
We then use a "micro filler" to fill in any significant chips or holes. We then hand and machine sand the entire surface of the tub. Then, once again, we thoroughly clean and dry the bathtub and/or surround. We mask off the surfaces around the tub and all of the fixtures after verifying that there are no water leaks.
The process then requires the technician to mix the two part base coat and apply it in three full coatings to the tub. We are looking to get three millimeters of thickness out of the three coatings to the tubs surface. It is this specially designed base coat that is one of the keys to our process. This coating is possibly more important then the colored top coating, as this is what adheres the top coating to the tub.
The following step requires the combination of one of the hundreds of colored resins we have available to use through our relationships with outstanding manufacturers such as Behr, Sherwin Williams, Bemis, Ralph Lauren, Kohler and American Standard with a catalyst. A chemical reaction takes place and the new finish begins to harden. We have a short time to apply this mixed coating to the tub. This final coating is then applied to the bathtub using an HVLP application system in four full coats. The aim here is to achieve four millimeters of coating, for a total of seven millimeters of coating thickness. Because the new finish is applied as a liquid, it flows smoothly over the old surface to achieve a beautiful, high gloss finish.
The result is a beautiful new bathtub that looks better and cleans easier with out the mess, expense and hassle of replacement.