Reglazing and Refinishing
Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find the answers to common questions, but if you feel you want to know more or have an inquiry not covered in this area, you can always contact us and we'll be glad to answer any questions you might have.
More than just that!
Reglazing or refinishing can be used to renew various surfaces like fiberglass, Formica, ceramic tile, cultured marble, acrylic and other materials that are also used in shower stall walls and pans, countertops, vanities, sinks, etc.
Yes, we do bathroom and kitchen tile.
We give it a fresh new look or change its color as per your preference. We repair and regrout if necessary.
Yes, we can.
Though the price of having the technician come over for a barely noticeable but still present color difference (as in most spot repairs) is something to consider. A perfect color match is costly and you might want to reglaze the whole fixture as a better choice.
Damages to a bathtub can be repaired to a point that when refinishing is done you will not be able to tell there was prior damage.
We evaluate the severity of the damage to give you all the information to make a wise decision.
If we take the job we can assure you that our repair and reglazing will give you a brand new looking fixture.
Yes! We will give you a better than new shine.
The finishing material is different from the original so each has its qualities, but we will produce a very nice looking and durable, new, clean, shiny finish on the tub.
We are professionals with the equipment and materials to do a thorough cleaning.
If your bathtub has stains, loss of shine, exposed grain or porosity of the underlayment coat, rust stains, water or chemical erosion or other permanent blemishes. The best thing to do is have a Top Refinishing do deep cleaning, followed by proper preparation and reglazing.
This, most likely, requires an educated evaluation. In most cases, when a surface is damaged, polishing is not well taken by most materials and is not as good or economical as an alternative because it is a labor-intensive solution that could cost as much as reglazing or more, especially if it needs to be repeated frequently.
Due to the multitude of actions and sub-products needed for the replacement of a bathtub set, reglazing it is more cost-effective because there is no demolition, carpentry, tile, and plumbing work involved.
Liners do not fit snuggly and are not permanently watertight in all areas, especially around the borders. Water can easily be trapped between the liner and the tub creating a source of stagnant water, foul odors coming from mold, bacteria, and even gnats and drain flies.
The materials and tools available to a non-professional individual are not of the same quality and durability as those of Top Refinishing. The do-it-yourself renovator has dripping, brush marks, peeling, rough and uneven finish, etc., as the eventual results. It may look okay for a while but you will probably need to remove that finish and have it professionally reglazed later. It is the most cost-effective (and time-effective for you) to have Top Refinishing do it from the start.
When we encounter this, we have to remove the old reglaze to obtain the best bond between the new material and the fixture. This makes our 5-year guarantee a good investment.
There is no “liquid” porcelain. That is just a trading name for a type of hard enamel similar to car paint.
The real porcelain is a kind of white or colored glass produced at high temperatures in an industrial oven. It is baked onto the fixture. What we use is a mixture of synthetic material and a catalyzer that after being applied on the fixture hardens to a beautiful finish.
We use a laboratory tested and designed urethane product that withstands the rigor of daily usage in a shower or a bathtub including temperature changes. It expands and contracts with the underlying material.
Our professional materials give the surface a smooth and glossy appearance which looks like new.
Besides the common or popular ones, we can provide an almost infinite variety of solid colors and hues. There are three main finishes: gloss, matte, and granite or speckle.
We have reglazed all the materials of all the fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen areas. We can explain the procedure and cost to you upon inspection. The usual materials are fiberglass, porcelain on cast iron, pressed steel with mineral glaze, cultured marble, acrylic, and Formica. All of these materials are described in the Reglazing section.
This will depend on the care given to the surface. If proper care is provided by simply wiping the surface with a dry towel after each shower or bath, occasionally removing soap and body oil build-up with a mild liquid cleaner, and not using harsh chemicals, you can expect the duration of the 5-year warranty to be easily exceeded.
Not due to material failure or our workmanship within the warranty period of 5 years. If proper care is followed you may not need reglazing again for 10 or 15 years.
The average time would be 4-5 hours. The time is longer if repairs are needed.
Your newly refinished bathtub or tile is ready to use in 48 hours - the standard recommendation.
If requested, and for an additional charge, we could have your fixture ready to use in 24 hours, or even after 3 hours.
The reglazed surface is usually less slippery than the originally manufactured surface, but for the elderly or as a safety measure, we can provide a special anti-slip surface for an additional fee.
At Top Refinishing we not only stand by our name in every aspect, but we are also preferred over some of our competitors and at times we are called to fix their inferior results.
There are strong ones during the work process that get vented to the outdoors using an industrial fan and duct system. Some lingering odors during the curing process fade away fast and can be controlled by simply opening windows and keeping doors closed.
There are many shower door designs and particular situations in each house or apartment. If you are not replacing the doors and they can be easily removed from their frame, we will take them off and then re-install them when our work is done. If they are difficult to remove we will tape and cover them as needed to avoid overspray.
Proper care is given by simply wiping the surface with a towel after each shower or bath, occasionally removing soap and body oil build-up using a mild liquid cleaner, and not using harsh chemicals. You can expect the 5-year warranty to be easily and even greatly exceeded by following the care and maintenance instructions we provide.
If after we finish our work you have a minor incident such as a pet or a child doing something harmful to the reglazed surface then, for a minimal charge, we can take care of the accidental event.