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Our Process

As is the key to any job, the preparation work is the key. Special attention is given to train our technicians in the area of preparation.

  1. The first task at hand, is to ensure the area is completely clean. We would ask that you pre-clean the bathroom and remove any personal items. If we are going to be doing a tile surround, (The tile directly above the bathtub) or wall tile, we STRONGLY suggest, that the day before we arrive, you use a green scotch bright pad and a good multipurpose cleaner, such as 409, to scrub the grout lines PARTICULARLY. We are going to clean them as well, but this is a very important step, so please take the time to thoroughly clean the tile and grout lines!
  2. After we aggressively clean the area, after you cleaned the area, we apply an etching product to the area. This etch makes the surface a little more porous, than the original finish. This will allow the new finish to penetrate into the old surface and create the best bond possible. This is a very important step.
  3. We mask off around the surrounding surfaces and all of the fixtures. Here again is an area that we feel we are exceptional. This step is much more nuanced then it might sound and we feel that we excel.
  4. The surface is thoroughly cleaned again and dried.
  5. Next, we mix the two part base coat and apply it in three full coatings, making sure we are above the 2 mils minimum thickness required with our current base coat. In reality, the coating doesn't care how many coats it goes on in. The coating honestly only cares about a minimum thickness called a "Perm Rating". It is this specifically designed base coat, that is one of the keys to our process. This coating is more important, than even the colored top coating, as this is what holds the top coating to the area to be refinished. It doesn't matter how good the top coat looks, if the work and products aren't put down to hold it on the unit.
  6. Next, we mix up the Aliphatic Acrylic Urethane. This industrial coating is the highest grade coating available and has a very high level of chemical resistance! The chemical resistance is very important, because you don't want the coating you just paid to have put on your bathtub or countertop, to be being broken down, by the cleaners you are using to keep them looking good! We can do it in just about any color you want.
  7. The finish coat, is applied to the area, using an HVLP application system, in four full coats. This ensures that we are above, the all important minimum thickness of 3 mils. (the top coat and base coat have different requirements)

The result, is a beautiful area, that looks better and cleans easier, with out the mess, expense and hassle of replacement.


Call us today at 612-239-5835 or Email us at shane@thetubguys.net
We add a personal touch to every bathtub or tile resurfacing we do.

// Testimonials

Client Feedback.


Shane was very friendly and professional. He explained every step of the process and delivered exactly what he promised.

Wendy B

Wayzata, MN

Shane did an amazing job of making our old cast iron tub look completely new again....I was very impressed with the transformation.

Catherine Z


Shane was really thorough with his assessment of our tub before he began working on it and very upfront with what to expect and the costs for everything.

Noah S

Minneapolis, MN

One thing I will say about The Tub Guys is that They are *very* concerned about doing a quality job and about their reputation - that's a good thing.

Michael D

New Brighton, MN

The Tub Guys could not have handled the process of going from a simple phone call to the completion of texturing the bottoms of more than 200 bathtub units any better!!

Gene E

Tarrytown, NY