Bathtub Stain Removal

Bathtub stains can happen for a variety of reasons. Bacteria can grow on the surface due to moisture. Or hard water can cause mineral deposits that stain the surface. Bath bombs can leave a stain as well depending on the color.

Depending on the severity of the stain, sometimes it can be scrubbed off quite easily. Using cleaning supplies such as Comet, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide can get mild stains out of bathtubs most of the time. If the stain has gone untreated for a longer period of time, it may be harder to get off the surface. Also, the cleaning supplies listed above can be abrasive and harsh, causing damage to the bathtub surface.

If the bathtub is stained and no matter how much scrubbing is done, they won’t leave, the surface could be permanently damaged. If that’s the case, refinishing is a good option. Refinish First can repair and refinish the bathtub surface and make it look brand new.

Replacing the bathtub doesn’t make sense unless a complete bathroom renovation is being done. Refinishing costs less and takes way less time than replacement. Give Refinish First a call for a free estimate or visit their website.

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Vintage Bathroom with a Colored Bathtub

Vintage bathrooms are all about fun colors. In the 1950’s and 1960’s interior decorators used a lot of pastels. This trend also carried over to bathroom decorating, where bathtubs escaped the normal white shade and went lavender, yellow, aqua, pink, and green.

Homeowners can use these colors to create a vintage-inspired bathroom. With a pink, blue or lavender bathtub, homeowners can design a spa-like bathroom by making it the focal point of the room. To do this, use a variety of white shades for the rest of the bathroom.

For a more classic feel, mix traditional features with a yellow, mint green or pink bathtub. Pink and green or blue and yellow were common color combinations back then. Add a pedestal sink and a checkered floor to complete the look.

Mix the pastel bathtub with modern features to create a modern, yet whimsical bathroom. Add modern bronze faucets to the pastel tub to tie it into the room. Play off of the tub’s color when buying accessories such as soap holders and towels.

Tired of boring white bathtubs? Head on over to Refinish First. They can replicate any color and create countless custom colors for bathroom surfaces.

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!

Refinish Don’t Reglaze or Replace Bathtubs

The term reglazing and refinishing a bathtub refer to a similar process (when people reference reglazing, they are generally talking about refinishing). Bathtubs are commonly made of porcelain. In order to literally reglaze your bathtub, would require a kiln to heat to exceedingly high temperatures. Given this is not practical for most residential applications, the process of refinishing is the best way to provide your bathroom with a new look at a fraction of the price of replacing your tub.

Frequently when people want a fresh look for the bathroom, they debate between refinishing an old tub and replacing the tub. What is often overlooked, however, is the cost of demolition and removal of the old tub when considering replacement. This process is definitely messy and can be quite expensive. What you end up with is a process that can total $3000 or more. This means that replacing your tub may involve a lot more than you think. Refinishing your tub can save you up to 75% over the cost of replacement. It takes about 3-5 hours to complete and will be ready to use in about 24 hours. During the process, we fill in any nicks or holes in your tub surface, then prime, seal and gloss-coat to give it the look of a brand new tub with a surface that will last for 15+ years.

Some of the other benefits of refinishing include:

  • We can match almost any color you choose.
  • You have the ability to save an antique or sentimental bathtub.
  • Replacing a bathtub is messy. Refinishing is not.
  • Resurfacing reduces your carbon footprint by reducing your input to the local landfill, making it an excellent green alternative.
  • It eliminates mold and mildew that may already be in your tub.
  • It creates an easy to clean surface.
  • Refinished tubs are very low maintenance.

Our bonding works on all types of bathtub materials, so we can refinish porcelain, acrylic, fiberglass, cultured marble, and even clawfoot tubs. In short, our bathtub refinishing services can work for nearly every bathtub resurfacing project you have. If you are looking to find a new shine in your old bathtub contact Refinish First today!

Slip-Resistant Surfaces: A Better Alternative to Bathtub Liners

Many tubs come from the factory with some kind of rough bottom to act as a slip resistant surface. Unfortunately, over time the roughness wears off and does little to prevent slips. Aftermarket options are to use a bathtub liner, stick-on appliqués, or professionally install a slip resistant surface. Bathtub liners are simply sheets of PVC plastic or acrylic that are molded to the shape of a tub, placed over an existing tub, and then glued down to cover it up.  But, do you really want to trade the deep gloss of refinished porcelain tub for the look and feel of plastic?

By refinishing your bathtub you can avoid the various pitfalls associated with a meager bathtub liner. A bathtub liner is an inferior solution because cracks or leaks are likely to develop over time. This can cause serious problems such as mold damage, damaged plumbing, or a ”squishy” texture in the entire tub. While certainly unpleasant, these consequences can also lead to serious health problems for you and your family. Choosing Refinish First to handle your bathtub refinishing project is both affordable in the short-term as well as more beneficial for the long term.

There are several benefits of having your bathtub or shower pan refinished with the slip resistant surface offered by Refinish First:

  • A slip resistant surface applied by Refinish First is chemically bonded to the shower or bathtub and this reduces the chances of them cracking/peeling.
  • A slip resistant surface applied by Refinish First is economical and requires less time to install (approximately 1 day) due to their simplistic nature.
  • Older retirement communities, long term nursing care facilities, and home care providers can benefit from Refinish First’s installation of slip resistant surfaces because they also include the installation of hand held shower nozzles, grab bars and curved shower rods so as to increase the safety of the users.

Contact Refinish First to learn more about these great bath safety options.

Quick and Easy Updates for Hotels Stuck in the ‘70s

Ever stayed at a hotel with a “squishy” bathtub? Or maybe you own or work at a hotel with ‘70s bathroom décor.  A poorly maintained hotel room will undoubtedly dampen a guest’s experience, and in some cases, damage or neglect can be safety hazards. Save yourself money down the line with inexpensive, beautiful remodeling with Refinish First. Hotel rooms take a lot of abuse but we can upgrade them quickly, affordably, and with amazing results!

Refinish First’s proprietary surface refinishing is significantly more economical than replacement—and we can often return your rooms to service in about 24 hours. We repair and refinish all types of bathroom surfaces, including porcelain, Formica, fiberglass, and cultured marble. Our finishes are guaranteed against peeling and adhesion failure. We also install grab bars and provide slip-resistant surfaces for bathroom safety.

Whether you need a completely new look or just a few chips repaired, Refinish First is ready to help. Services we perform for hotels and resorts:

Contact Refinish First today to get started with a free estimate!

Want more information about how Refinish First has helped other hotels efficiently update their hotel rooms? View our Case Study on Hotel Bathroom Remodeling.