- Who is DuraFinish?
- How much does reglazing cost?
- What types of surfaces can be reglazed?
- How long does the reglazing process take?
- How durable is the finish?
- How long will the finish last?
- What is the Warranty?
- What if my tub has been damaged?
- What colors are available?
- How should I prepare for having my bathtub reglazed?
- Do I have to use special cleaners?
- What about caulking the tub?
- Is there an extra charge for a Non-Slip Botttom finish?
- Can I use a Bathmat in my reglazed tub?
- Does the reglazing process smell?
- I painted my tub with a DIY Kit... :( Can it be reglazed?
- What is involved in the Reglazing Process?
DuraFinish is a family owned and opperated small business that has been in business since 1993. Jon has been here since day one and has 25 years of reglazing experience. Jeremy is his son in law and has been with Durafinish since 2013, It is our combined goal to provide all of our customers with the very best reglazing services possible. We (Jon and Jeremy) are the ones who answer the phones and do the work, so when you call, we're the guys who are actually going to be doing the work.
Most "standard" bathtub reglazing projects can be completed for around $350.00 - $500.00 For an accurate, no pressure quote please call us so we can determine the needs of your individual project, we can usually give you a quote over the phone in just a few minutes. (616) 534-0818
If you prefer, you can e-mail for a quote, Please include a photo and your general location. (email@example.com)
We can reglaze Porcelain over Cast Iron or Steel, as well as Fiberglass Tubs and Shower Units, Ceramic Wall Tile too.
A standard porcelain tub reglazing, will take approximately 3 3 1/2 hours to complete, depending on condition of the bathtub. Afterward the finish will need to cure for 48 hours before it is used with water. This allows the finish to properly cure for maximum durabilty. For further information see the care and maintenance page.
Coatings technology has improved over the years and the reglazing coatings used by Durafinish, are no exception. We proudly use Awlgrip and Napco products, Awlgrip is the premier coating used by high end yacht and aircraft manufacturers. Some companies will claim to use a coatings that are specificly designed for bathtub reglazing however in our experience Awlgrip out performs and outlasts any other coatings on the market. In fact despite the higher cost of material we believe that they are well worth the added cost. However, no matter how durable a coating is they can be damaged if misused or neglected . Our finishes are designed to stand up to water intensive enviroments with high wear resistance. It does not require "special care." However just like a brand new surface, a refinished surface can be chipped or scratched if abused. Leaking or dripping faucets can erode and damage the finish, dripping water is also capable of wearing away porcelin! The finish does need to be cleaned on a regular basis. For cleaning recomendations please see the care and maintenance page.
Residential bathtub refinishing comes with a three year warranty, (unless otherwise stated). Under normal circumstances with proper care and cleaning, we have seen our finish last up to 15 - 20+ years.
Durafinish Inc. offers a three - year warranty against peeling or other failure of adhesion for personal residential bathtubs and wall tile, and a one - year warranty for rental properties. Sinks carry a one - year warranty. The warranty does not cover abuse or neglect of the finish. (See our Care tips and maintenance page for details.)
Small chips and cracks can usually be repaired during the preparation stage of the refinishing process, at no extra charge. Larger repairs may inccur extra charges, however we will always inform you the customer before refinishing begins.
A "Standard Off White" is the typical match for most porcelain fixtures. "Kohler Bisquit" is another standard color available at no extra charge. Custom colors are available for varying costs. Call for details.
Please remove all items from the tub/shower area this includes things like soap, shampoo, shaving cream cans, shower caddies, etc. Also remove any rugs, mats, towels, pictures, and the shower curtain from the bathroom. Any items outside the shower area that are not inside a cabinent or storage area should also be removed. Cleaning and dusting the bathroom will also help with removing potential contaminents from the enviroment and making a reasonable attempt to clean the tub is always appreciated.
The reglazed tub does not require special cleaners. However Do Not Use Abrasive Cleaners such as Comet, Ajax, and Bonami. Softscrub is also abrasive and should not be used on refinished surfaces. The surface will clean well with cleaners like "409", "Fantastic" "CLR Kitchen & Bath" cleaner. Vinigar and Water as well as Bleach products are ok too, but, do not let them "dry" on the surface, as bleach crystals dry "yellow." and over time may stain the surface.
The tub should be recaulked after the glazing has dried to touch, ussually the next day. We leave this process to the customer to complete, however, if needed for a service fee (typicaly $35.00 - $50.00) we can return and recaulk the tub for you.
We can at no extra charge add a non-slip finish to the bottom of your tub.
To do so, we mix a polymer powder (not sand) with some of the topcoat, then after priming, we roll a patch in the bottom of the tub about the size of a Bathmat, Then we spray the final coats of topcoat OVER the non-slip area, thus encapsuling the Non-slip area for easier cleaning.
We DO NOT recommend using a Bathmat since using a Suction Cup Bathmat, over time it will likely damage the finish in your tub. Besides in many cases... They are Gross! At No Extra Charge, we can install a Non-Slip finish in the bottom of your tub when reglazing.
Yes... It is a smelly process, however we use a very powerful, effective, ventilation system during the process which helps to minimize the odor in the home. Once the project is complete the smell will dissipate very quickly, usually within 8-12 hours the smell will no longer be present. Once the material has dried there will be no residual or lingering smells.
In most cases... YES! To remedy this, we strip off the previous coating with chemical strippers first, and then proceed with the reglazing process. Typical cost is $475.00
For a standard Porcelain tub:
1. Remove overflow cover, drain screens, and o;d caulk.
2. Using hydroflouric acid, we etch (chemicaly sand) the porcelain so that it will accept the coating.
3. Dry the tub, fill any chips in the porcelain using either fiberglass or acrylic fillers.
4. Mask the surrounding areas.
5. Wipe the tub clean of dust with a tack cloth.
6. Spray initial coats of epoxy primer. (let dry for about a 1/2 hour.
7. Final tack of the primed finish.
8. Install Non-Slip material in the bottom of the tub if desired.
9. Spray finish coats of the glazing material.
For the average tub this process will take 3 - 4 hours.