Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the most commonly asked questions about refinishing:
What is refinishing?
Very simply, refinishing is a system by which a very durable, high tech coating is applied over the existing surfaces without any tear out or replacement, giving them a like-new look. Some of the surfaces that can be refinished are porcelain and fiberglass bathtubs and sinks, ceramic tile, formica and cultured marble.
How long does refinishing last?
Different contractors use different refinishing products and systems. Using top quality products, applied properly, your newly refinished fixtures will last approximately 10 years. Our company only uses the best quality products available, specifically designed for us.
Just like with the original surface though, if the surface is not properly taken care of, or is abused, it will dull and can be damaged over time. It is very important to remember, that like anything else, you get what you pay for. If you are looking for the cheapest price, more than likely the finish you get won't last this long.
How is refinishing done?
Refinishing is a multi-step process. The first few steps are thorough cleanings which remove any films, soap scums and oils. Next, repairs such as chips, cracks, holes or missing tiles are made. The next step is to mask off all of the areas that will not be refinished. Next, a bonding agent is applied to the surfaces. After the bonding agent, a specially designed undercoating is applied to the surfaces. And finally the top finish coats are applied. Both the undercoating and the finish coats are applied with a specially designed spraying system.
How long does the average refinishing job take?
90% of refinishing jobs are completed the same day.
How long before the fixtures can be put back to use?
With our company, fixtures can be put back into use in 24 hours.
How do I maintain the finish?
Care and maintenance of a refinished item is easy and effortless. Due to the nature of the finishes, a mild liquid cleaner and a soft cotton towel is all that is required.
When doing a tile job, what happens to the grout?
Because the grout is porous it absorbs everything and eventually grows mold, discolors, and looks dirty. After refinishing, the grout will be sealed by the new coating. It will still retain the look and texture of grout but because it is sealed it will no longer hold dirt, grow mold, or discolor. Clean up is very easy, since it is covered by the same coating it will wipe clean with a mild liquid cleaner and a soft cotton towel.
How much money can I expect to save by refinishing?
Depending on the extent of the work, the average refinishing job can save you up to 75% of the cost of remodeling. Any improvements to kitchens or bathrooms will return a reasonably higher value to your home, giving you a very good return on your investment.