Replacing vs. Refinishing

Bathtubs are subject to all sorts of stains and marks that just don’t come off even after hours of scrubbing. Homeowners really only have two options when deciding what to do with an embarrassingly stained bathtub. They can completely replace it, or they can refinish it.

When making this decision, the most important factor is cost. Replacing a bathtub can get costly, depending on the type and the labor required for the project. The cost for just the new tub can vary between $400 and $1,000 depending on the type. Labor is usually $200-$400 and takes about five hours. Don’t forget other materials like fittings for around $40 or debris disposal which is usually around $20.

Refinishing a bathtub with Refinish First can save up to 75 percent on the cost of replacement. It will look just like a brand new tub, without that new tub cost. They can refinish many bathtub surfaces including porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic and marble.

It typically takes 3 to 5 hours to refinish a bathtub and it is ready to use the next day. Homeowners don’t have to worry about additional damage to their bathroom like they would with a bathtub replacement. There is no demolition necessary, no debris left behind.

If homeowners have a damaged bathtub, or just want to change the color, they should give Refinish First a call. They can be in and out in no time!

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Boat Beautifying

With the temperature rising and summer heading this way, it’s time to de-winterize the boat and prepare to hit the water. It’s important to make sure every aspect of the boat is ready and in working order.

Starting with the mechanics, check to make sure everything it in top shape to run efficiently. The engine should be checked and the oil and filter may need to be changed. Other items that need to be inspected are the battery, cooling system, gas tank, distributor and the belts.

After the mechanics are good to go, take a peek at the inside of the boat and see how the surfaces are faring. The inside surfaces, such as the countertops, can get damaged from water and begin to rot.

If they are damaged, Refinish First can fix them. Along with refinishing the surface to look brand new, the refinishing process seals the surface to avoid future water damage. They can refinish many different surfaces including, but not limited to laminate, solid surfaces, ceramic tile, porcelain and fiberglass.

The inside of a boat should look just as beautiful as the outside. If the surfaces have become water logged, give Refinish First a call. The process only takes a short amount of time and can save a boat owner thousands of dollar in replacements.

The Refinishing Process

Refinishing the surfaces in your home or business comes with many benefits. It is generally faster and cheaper than if you choose to replace these surfaces. This creates less downtime, a big bonus for businesses especially. The labor involved is reduced, although the process does have many steps.

When refinishing a bathtub, the surface is cleaned thoroughly before an acid is applied to make the surface rough. This prevents the possibility of peeling or chipping later and helps the glaze adhere to the tub. The glaze is left to cure, and then the bathtub is sanded, buffed and polished. Bathtubs typically take only three to five hours to refinish and are ready to use within 24 hours.

When refinishing tile, it is first washed to get rid of any residue. Any chips that are present are filled in and then the tiles are re-grouted. Lastly, the finish is applied.

Countertop and tile refinishing from Refinish First comes with two different options. They can do a solid color or speckled finish or a stone finish. Countertops can also be repaired if they are accidentally scorched or chipped. The actual time required for the refinishing process can vary slightly depending on the finish option chosen for countertops.

The refinishing process can be done on many different surfaces from porcelain and cultured marble to laminate and tile. The bonding agent used by Refinish First creates a chemical bond between the old and new surface creating a surface that can last for 15 to 20 years or longer with the proper care.

If you’re less than happy with your bathtub, countertops or shower tile, contact Refinish First for a free estimate.

Start Summer Off Right with Your Camper or Boat

The summer heat is upon us in full force and that means it’s camping and boating season. Is your camper or boat looking a little worn down? Let us help! One way to bring it back to life is to let Refinish First refinish the hard surfaces in your boat or camper.

Your boat’s hard surfaces can take a beating from harsh exposure to the sun. Refinishing the surfaces can make it look brand new. Campers, our home away from home in the mountains, aren’t nearly as durable as a real home. Counters and sinks can chip easily and become damaged. The resurfacing process by Refinish First can quickly repair those chips and scratches and get you back to the great outdoors.

Need a new look for your boat or camper? Refinish it instead of buying a brand new toy. Refinishing can save you money so that you can gas up and go places with your newly resurfaced boat or camper. Refinish First can transform multiple surfaces from porcelain and fiberglass to laminate, tile and more.

Refinishing can also come in handy if you are looking to trade in your older model for a new one. By fixing those cracks and scratches, you’re likely to get a better trade-in deal.

If you’re looking to spruce up your boat or camper before your next vacation, contact Refinish First.