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Bathtub Reglazing and Picking the Right Service

Your tub has become old and ugly and you think you’re ready a change. That brand-new $300 bathtub unit at a retail hardware store is so tempting. You can reglaze or refinish that old tub, on the other hand, and deal with less hassle and less cost and still have everyone thinking it’s new.

For about $300 to $400, a reglazing company will put fresh coating to a typical tub within a day, and it can be used again in a matter of two to four days – definitely faster than a total replacement!

Finding a Bathtub Reglazer
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The goal of all bathtub refinishing projects is to give the homeowner a like-new bathtub unit, but truth is, not all bathtub reglazers can deliver on this. When looking for a good professional bathtub reglazing service, consider the following tips:
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> Ask for quotes from at least three contractors.

> Inquire about their product, how long it usually takes them to complete the project, and whether or not they will offer warranties or guarantees.

> Research the contractor’s training, experience and certifications.

> As the project will require the reglazers to enter your home, know what kind of background checks are usually done on their workers or subcontractors.

> Ask for client references and let them show photos of previous projects.

> Don’t even consider hiring someone who is not licensed, bonded and insured, even if they seem great in all other areas.

You should receive the project estimate in written form. This helps you avoid surprise charges as the job wraps up.

Typical Bathtub Reglazing Problems

Even if you’ve hired the best professional in town, not all jobs turn out perfect. These are the problem signs you need to watch out for:

> Bubbles – indicates that air is trapped in between layers of paint, often because of inadequate drying time or not letting the coating set properly before the bathtub was used again

> Fading – occurs when the coating or paint is too thinly mixed or does not dry properly, or if the reglazed bathtub is cleaned using very harsh and abrasive products

> Roughess – shows that the bathtub’s surface was not cleaned and sanded properly before the coating was applied

> Sticky feel – a sign that the coating hasn’t set completely and possibly requires reapplication, although it can also mean that the reglazing chemicals were not mixed correctly, or that the coating reacted to something, such as a cleaning agent or chemical

Just because you plan to hire a professional bathtub reglazer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be in full control of your project. After learning about the ways to find a good contractor and spotting reglazing problems, everything should be just fine.