The Refinishing Process
Generally the process of restoring a porcelain bathtub or other surfaces involves the following:
1. CLEANING AND PREPARATION OF THE WORK AREA
The surface is cleaned using a special two-step process to remove soap film, oils, and mineral deposits. Additional sanding and special procedures are used to ensure a thoroughly clean surface. Chips, scratches and other damage are then filled and repaired.
2. BONDING PROCESS
The key to a good refinishing job is getting the new coating to “stick” to the old surface, especially on porcelain and ceramic tile. The success of Tubs and Tops has been built upon this bonding agent (by hawk laboratories) that eliminates the need to use dangerous and corrosive acids typically used by other refinishers. We have proven that a chemical bonding process results in superior adhesion and a better product with greater longevity. In fact, it is through our track record over the last 14 years with our bonding agent that we can confidently offer a 8-year warranty on porcelain bathtubs and ceramic tile.
3. APPLICATION OF REFINISHING COATING
An advanced acrylic top coating is applied with HVLP spray equipment to create a durable, long lasting surface. Finishes are available in either a gloss or matte finish. Our coatings, available in custom colors, will dry to the touch within minutes. We use only the most advanced coatings available. Through different techniques and procedures, a refinished tub can be ready to use within 12 to 14 hours. For information about the best refinishing products, please go to www.hawklabs.com
4. FINISHING TOUCHES
We will give to completing the job. Care is taken to polish the surface as necessary to remove dust particles or other imperfections in the finish. The tub is re-caulked and the work area is thoroughly cleaned.