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why refinish?

refinishing vs. the alternatives

Refinishing is the smart choice to deal with an outdated or damaged tub. Chips, rust, cracks, stains and dull areas completely go away. Fixtures with outdated colors can be changed and look new again. You choose the color to fit your new decor. Most customers can’t tell the difference between a refinished tub and a new one.

Faced with worn or dated fixtures, you have the choice of refinishing or replacement. Think again about replacement. Replacing bathtubs includes expensive tradesmen and a week of hassles. Frequently demolition is required. That means noisy, dusty work that causes damage to your floors, walls and plumbing. Not to mention the cost savings.

options

  Total Replacement Liner Refinish
Time Without Tub 7 - 10 days 2 days 8 hours
Durability 15 plus years 10-15 years 10 - 15 years
Look and feel Porcelain, plastic or fiberglass Acrylic or plastic shell Retains the look and feel of the original porcelain and ceramic fixtures
Disruption to home and life Major: dust, debris, dumpsters, drywall, several workmen Moderate: dust and debris Minimal: one worker, done in a few hours

Thinking about refinishing yourself? We strongly suggest you don't. Bathtub refinishing or reglazing is not a do-it-yourself project: It involves the use of strong chemicals and materials that are beyond the skill and ability for most homeowners and untrained users. DIY kits are limited in their strength, durability and the way they are applied. Most often DIY refinishing jobs end up being redone by a professional with the additional cost of stripping the peeling finish. If these kits actually worked, there'd be no need for professional refinishers.

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