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Comparing Old Reglazing and Resurfacing Technology to the New Resurfacing Process

24-HR-Dri™  PROCESS:

The bathtub refinishing process is a recently developed technology.  It has been around for only approximately thirty years.  During that time, the materials used to refinish a bathtub have changed dramatically, but the steps for preparation of the bathtub have not.  As with any properly done job, preparation is the most important aspect.

Old Technology

Acid Etching
Hydrofluoric Acid was used to “etch” or rough up the surface of the bathtub, which would then help the coatings to stick to the porcelain bathtub or tile.  If this material is mishandled, it can cause damage to fixtures, floor tile or burns on the skin of the technician.

New Technology

Adhesion Promoter
Bonding agents are a type of “super glue”.  When this “super glue” is applied to the surface of the bathtub, the new coating will be chemically fused to the surface of the bathtub.  This process has proven to be the best method to allow coatings to adhere to the surface and is less likely to peel.  We proudly use the Power Bond bonding agent.

Steps taken to Refinish a bathtub

The bathtub is scrubbed clean with a powerful detergent that will remove any soap film build-up or residual film left behind by household cleaners.
 
The tub is rinsed and dried completely using a high temperature heat gun or air hose to remove all moisture with special attention placed on the drain area and the area where the tub meets surrounding tiled walls.
 
Paper masking is installed around the tub to prevent over spray from getting on the tiles.  Other areas of the bathroom will be masked off with plastic, as necessary.

 

The PowerBond agent is then applied to the surface of the tub.
 
Slip resistant surface is applied to the floor of the tub (if desired).
 
A High Gloss Acrylic Urethane topcoat is applied with an HVLP spray gun resulting in a durable surface that will last for years and will not yellow.
 
A ventilator is used which helps remove over spray and fumes from the bathroom area.  It pulls the air from the room and with it, the over spray and dust particles.
 
This piece of equipment is placed in the window of the bathroom, or if there is no window in the bathroom, a hose is attached and directed to the nearest window or door.

insta-DRI™ PROCESS:

The insta-DRI™ process is very similar the 24-HR-Dri™ process with the addition of a high powered Ultraviolet Light.  The bathtub is scrubbed clean with a powerful detergent that will remove any soap film build-up or residual film left behind by household cleaners.
 
The tub is rinsed and dried completely using a high temperature heat gun or air hose to remove all moisture with special attention placed on the drain area and the area where tub meets surrounding tiled walls.
 
Paper masking is installed around the tub to prevent over spray from getting on the tiles.  Other areas of the bathroom will be masked off with plastic as necessary.
 
The Power Bond agent is then applied to the surface of the tub.
 
Slip resistant surface is applied to the floor of the tub (if desired).
 
A High Gloss Acrylic Urethane topcoat is applied with an HVLP spray gun resulting in a durable surface that will last for years and will not yellow.  After each coat is applied to the surface, a High-powered Ultra Violet light is passed slowly over the surface 3 times.  This acts as the catalyst since there is none added to the mixture.  This process is done three additional times until it is fully cured and ready for use.
 
A ventilator is used to help remove over spray and fumes from the bathroom area.  It pulls the air from the room and with it, the over spray and dust particles.  This piece of equipment is placed in the window of the bathroom, or if there is no window in the bathroom, a hose is attached and directed to the nearest window or door.

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