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Is Bathtub Reglazing Enough or Do You Need to install a Liner?

Bathroom remodeling can involve a range of costs and mini-projects; and even when you are simply looking for a quick refresh – how do you decide between bathtub reglazing or installing an acrylic liner?

What is Reglazing?

Toronto Bathtub Reglazing and Tub Refinishing Professionals

A photo of one of Dr Tubs Reglazing and Liner’s bathtub reglazing experts at work.

Bathtub reglazing, (also known as tub resurfacing or bathtub refinishing) is the art of spraying special paints onto a bathtub made specifically for bathtubs. In essence, we are re-enameling it to make it look and feel brand new.

The first step in reglazing is to thoroughly clean the surface of the tub to remove oil, soap, and mineral deposits. This process ensures that the new finish is properly bonded with the tub and that any small particles don’t create imperfections.

After the initial cleaning, your tub undergoes a cosmetic retouching to fix any small imperfections.

A bathtub fixed up by Dr Tubs Reglazing Toronto

A professional Bathtub Resurfacing job done by Dr Tubs Reglazing and Liners in Toronto

Following that, a bonding agent is applied. It’s important to note that the quality of the bonding agent will determine the longevity of the reglazing or resurfacing of the tub. 

The last step is the application of a new tub finish.

What is an Acrylic Liner?

Acrylic Bathtub Liners Toronto

Custom-made Bathtub Liners manufactured in Canada from the strongest acrylic around. They are high impact, high resistant and are made to fit right over the existing tub and tile. They come in white and the wall-surround can come in a mock-ceramic tile.

An acrylic liner is a moulding that fits over the existing bathtub and is made to fit exactly over the tub like a glove. It is placed over your existing tub and then securely glued down and sealed. The important thing about your liner is that it should be made of a highly durable acrylic, stay away from fibreglass.

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Bathtub Maintenance Bathtub Refinishing

People ask us all the time about cleaning a refinished bathtub versus a non-refinished tub. Many are surprised to hear that there is a difference in care between the two and for understandable reasons. For one thing, both tubs (refinished / reglazed vs an original tub) look the same and when it looks like a tub and feels like a tub, it probably is a tub and therefore would get the same care. The second reason is that most people don’t know what bathtub reglazing actually is and it’s implications. This second item is very important. You see when you go into a store to buy a manufactured tub, i.e a non-reglazed tub, that tub has been painted in one of two ways. 1) It’s been dipped into a large vat of paint or 2) it’s been sprayed (just like what we do in reglazing). However, it’s what happens after it’s painted that is the big difference. A manufacturer will bake the oven at very heat so the glaze forms a strong enamel. This is what is known as porcelain. It is very strong, quite resilient to pressure, scratching, heat and even chemicals. Therefore, strong cleansers like bleach can be used to clean them with no worries of the tub being negatively affected by it. A refinished tub is different in that it spray painted and baked (cured) under room temperature and this is the key….   scummy-tub-ring

With a refinished tub, the paint is applied and the curing happens under room temperature and it doesn’t form into porcelain. It forms a hard enamel, but not the same, not as thick and not as resilient as if it would if it was baked under high heat. The tubs look the same, feel similar, but the refinished tub has an enamel that is actually porous and therefore it requires a little more pampering. Bleach will go through the top coat layers of paint and will oxidize the primer coats causing it to turn yellow.

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Bathtub Maintenance Bathtub Refinishing Uncategorized

Cleaning your bathtub at least once a week should be habit just like cleaning the rest of your home once a week, but for some odd reason, many think that there is no reason to even clean the bathtub as the soap or shampoo used to clean themselves will clean the tub at the same time. Even if they see their tub with “ring around the collar” yellow-staining, they are willing to stand in it and shower, or worse, bathe in it. cleaning_tub

Lets try to connect the dots or ideas to see how gross bathing or showering in a dirty tub is. 1) When we shower or bathe, our natural skin cells, oils, soap/shampoo and any dirt on our bodies come off and go down the drain or come to rest on the bathtub. 2) Every time we repeat step 1 without cleaning the tub, the soap residues, oils, dirt, skin cells etc. build up on the tub. 3) The build up thickens even after just 2 uses leaving a yellowish-brownish film. (The more darker yellow or brown the film is means that it has a high skin cell and oil content. The more lighter the shade of the film is, means there is a higher detergent (shampoo or soap) content.) 4) The build-up continues and starts to permanently embed into the enamel of the tub. This may take weeks but it is a clear sign that something must be done or else. 5) After weeks of cleaning the tub, the skin oils, other bodily secretions, grease, dirt… start to eat away at the enamel of the tub. 6) Bacteria levels are very high. The tub may feel very sticky even when wet. At this stage,some people would prefer to keep it the way it is due to its “natural” anti-slip property.

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