bathtub refinishing process

Are you interested in learning how bathtubs are refinished? Are you among those that don't know that bathtubs can be refinished?

If you didn't know that bathtubs can be refinished, reglazed or resurfaced, you are not alone. In fact, many people don't know that bathtubs can be refinished or the process involved in refinishing a bathtub.

It should interest you to know that bathtub refinishing has been around as an industry for approximately 40 years.  During that time, the materials used to refinish a bathtub have changed dramatically, but the steps utilized in the preparation of the bathtub have not. We will acquaint you with how bathtubs were refinished when the industry started and how bathtubs are refinished today.

As you learn about the process of bathtub refinishing, you will appreciate that it a much better alternative to bathtub replacement that has been the norm for many years in so many countries around the world.

Old Technology

Acid Etching

Hydrofluoric Acid was used to “etch” or rough up the surface of the bathtub which would then help the coatings to stick to the porcelain bathtub or tile. If this material is mishandled it can cause damage to fixtures, floor tile or burns to the skin of the technician.

New Technology

Adhesion Promoter

Bonding agents are basically a type of “super glue”.  When this “super glue” is applied to the surface of the bathtub, the new coating will be chemically fused to the surface of the bathtub.  This process has proven to be the best method to allow coatings to adhere to the surface and is less likely to peel.

Steps Taken To Refinish A Bathtub

The first step taken in refinishing a bathtub is that the  bathtub is scrubbed clean with a powerful detergent so as to remove any soap film build-up or residual film left behind by household cleaners.

  • The tub is rinsed and dried completely using a high temperature heat gun to remove all moisture with special attention placed on the drain area and the area where tub meets surrounding tiled walls.
  • Paper masking is installed around the tub to prevent over spray from getting on the tiles.  Other areas of the bathroom will be masked off with plastic if necessary.
  • Bonding agent is applied to the surface of the tub.
  • High Gloss Acrylic Urethane topcoat is applied.
  • Slip resistant surface is applied to the floor of the tub.

 A ventilator is used which helps remove over spray and fumes from the bathroom area.  It pulls the air from the room and with it the over spray and dust particles. This piece of equipment is placed in the window of the bathroom, or if there is no window in the bathroom, a hose is attached and directed to the nearest window or door. All materials are applied using an HVLP spray system.

Materials Used To Refinish A Bathtub

  • Specifically formulated bonding agent for use on porcelain bathtubs and ceramic tile only.
  • We use another bonding agent that is designed specifically for fiberglass shower/tub units.
  • The finish coating is a high performance; two-component chemically cured Aliphatic Acrylic Urethane Gloss Enamel.  4H pencil hardness makes this product one of the most durable on the market. UVA (ultraviolet light absorber) added to prevent product, once applied, from turning yellow.

Bathtub Refinishing Vs. Bathtub Replacement

  • Tub surface is worn from years of cleaning with abrasive cleaners such as Ajax or Comet.
  • The surface is difficult to keep clean.
  • The color of your bathtub is outdated.
  • The surface has become damaged or was chipped.
  • Save thousands of naira vs. replacing.
  • Back in service in 24 hours vs. 1 - 2 Weeks that is the case with bathtub replacement.

If you are serious about refinishing your bathtub to save you time, money and the environment, please choose the option that most describes your needs:

Make Your Bathtub Refinishing Choice

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About Us

We are a professional painting company. We serve the painting needs of homeowners and or commercial property owners in Lagos. Additionally, we offer bathtub refinishing for owners and facilities managers of hotels, condos, estates and other commercial and residential properties in Nigeria.

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Contact Details

7/9 Sawyer Crescent,
Gbagada Estate Phase 1 
By Corona School, Lagos

  • +234-0815-138-2668
  • +234-0907-452-7222

We serve the professional hotels' bathtub refinishing needs of hotels in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Cotonou.


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