Bath Refinishing FAQs
Here are some commonly asked questions relating to our bath refinishing process. We are proud of the excellent work that we do and our results speak volumes. We see many bath types and yes, do cast iron bath resurfacing.
Question: “I want to get my bath resurfaced, but don’t know who to use. Why is your process better?”
Answer: We have developed the only resurfacing system that utilises the latest technology in both the quality of the finished product, and the all-important adhesion. Our “Ultraglaze Primer” is unique, and is the reason we can confidently offer a 7-year warranty. Our system is also the only one that offers a complete service, with the refinished bath polished to a beautifully smooth and shiny finish, NOT one that is left rough, grainy, or full of debris. Our reputation is built on us being known as “the best in the business”!
Question: “How long will it last”
Answer: This has more to do with how the item is treated. Nothing lasts forever, but if the user exercises some care and common sense the resurfaced item will last well beyond the warranty period. We provide our customers with all the information they need to help them get the best out of their experience with us.
Question: “We have just renovated our bathroom .We left the old bath in because it didn’t look too bad but now that everything else is new it looks old. What can you do?”
Answer: We can resurface your old bath with our Ultraglaze process and leave it looking like new. When a bathroom is being renovated, and the bath retained, we recommend resurfacing the bath once all the other work is completed.
Question: “We have an old cast iron bath that we don’t want to replace with a small tin or plastic bath. Can it be resurfaced?”
Answer: Yes. We specialise in resurfacing all types of built-in baths, on-site. It is only usually necessary to take the bath away when it is a freestanding claw-foot bath. These are usually restored at our premises.
Question: “I think my bath may have been resurfaced already. Can it be done again?”
Answer: Not a problem. We may remove the existing coating if the adhesion is not satisfactory, and repair and resurface the original surface. This will be discussed prior to work commencing.
Question: “Our bath is scratched all over the bottom and impossible to keep clean. Can you resurface it?”
Answer: Certainly. All scratches will be repaired, giving your bath a smooth, polished surface. This makes cleaning much easier as the dirt will not be trapped in scratches.
Question: “Can you resurface my hand basin and shower base as well?”
Answer: Yes. Actually, almost any part of your bathroom can be resurfaced in any colour, including hand-basins and shower bases. Please ask your operator for an obligation-free quote.
Question: “My tiles are a horrible colour and I can’t stand them. I can’t afford to have them replaced. Can you resurface them?”
Answer: Your tiles can be easily resurfaced, providing that they are structurally sound. Your Operator will inspect the area to ensure there are no obvious structural issues, then measure and quote the area. We do not recommend resurfacing floor tiles.
Question: “I have a rental property with a worn and damaged bath. Can the job be done quickly?”
Answer: Yes. The bath can be repaired, resurfaced, baked and polished all in the same day. We also renew the silicone joint between the bath and the tiles, and recommend an overnight cure before the bath is used next.
Question: “I have a pink bath; can you change the colour to white?”
Answer: You can change the colour of your bath to white or any other colour of your choice. Usually the colour of the basin would dictate the colour of the bath, white basin = white bath.
Question: “I painted my bath with a DIY product and it is peeling and looks terrible. Can you fix it?”
Answer: Yes, we can. We would simply remove the “tub and tile” paint form the bath, and then proceed with our usual approach. All too often we come across clients who have wasted a lot of time and money on the DIY product. Resurfacing is one of those jobs that is better left to a professional.
Question: “We recently installed a new acrylic bath but it has been severely scratched on the bottom by the tradesman. Can you repair it?”
Answer: Yes. This is a common problem that we are often called on to fix. In this case we can usually remove the scratches and restore the shine without the need for resurfacing.
Question: “How does the cost of resurfacing compare to replacement?”
Answer: This is a very commonly asked question, and one that is difficult to answer in brief.
There are a few important things to consider when comparing costs:
1. The purchase price of a new bath is usually only part of the cost. The bulk of the costs relate to the removal of the old one, and the changes that may need to be made to accommodate the new one, which will rarely be the exact same size.
2. When comparing the costs, don’t make the mistake of using the cheapest bath you can find. The principal of “you get what you pay for” definitely applies here. If you have an older cast iron bath, it can cost several thousand dollars just to purchase the same type of bath. Consider this carefully before approving it to be removed and replaced with a cheap plastic bath.
3. “Size matters”. Most of us would opt for a larger bath before a smaller one. In many cases the bathroom itself is designed around the size of the bath, with it fitting exactly between two walls. This makes replacement very difficult, as it can be difficult to find a new one that is exactly the same size, making a smaller bath the only option for replacement. Bath Liners also significantly reduce the interior dimensions.
4. All too often we are called to repair brand new baths that have been damaged during the renovation. This can be extremely frustrating for everyone concerned. Unfortunately the bath is often used as a rubbish bin during construction, and suffers as a result. Even the most careful tradesman can have accidents, resulting in damage of one kind or another. We can spot repair chips to the enamel, but this does have its limitations.
Solution: leave the original bath where it is, renovate the room, then give us a call and we’ll have it look as good as the rest of your new room without the worry.