Choosing a refinisher is difficult.
Make a poor choice and you could be in for trouble. We actually
see a fair amount of newly refinished tubs with streaks or where
the topcoat is peeling. The problems usually stem from improper
surface preparation and poor quality materials. Here are some
things to look for in a refinisher.
Experience: Make sure your refinisher has
been refinishing for at least 5 years.
Quality Materials: The quality of the materials
makes all the difference. Using inferior products increases
the chances the finished product will peel or chip. We frequently
get calls from customers who have had their tubs refinished
with inferior materials. The finish is peeling or cracking.
A tub that has been refinished with quality materials will
last for 10 years or more if well maintained.
Workspace Preparation: Make sure your bathroom
is protected from overspray. A little bit of topcoat material
can get on your walls. It may not be apparent when both are
white but even a little topcoat on a colored wall will stick
out like a sore thumb. Also, make sure the bathroom is thoroughly
ventilated. Some companies use a simple box fan stuck in a
window. That just won't do. Make sure the area is ventilated
with a powerful exhaust system.
Make sure you get a warranty in writing. Companies
make a lot of promises but don't always deliver. A written
warranty is security you can bank on.