Q: Bathtub refinishing: DIY or call a pro?

A: While there are plenty of DIY resurfacing kits you can buy, there are several important factors to consider that strongly suggest the benefits of hiring a professional bathtub resurfacing service instead of trying to handle the job on your own:

  • Expertise and Experience: Professional resurfacers bring years of expertise and experience. They are familiar with different types of bathtubs and the specific techniques required for each. While some DIY resurfacing kits will make your tub look better, they're simply not a replacement for professional expertise.
  • Quality of Materials: Professionals have access to high-quality, commercial-grade materials that are not readily available in DIY kits. These materials often yield a more durable and aesthetically pleasing finish.
  • Proper Tools and Equipment: Professional resurfacing requires specialized tools and equipment for tasks like thorough cleaning, repairing, sanding, and applying the coating evenly. Professional resurfacers are equipped with all the necessary tools to ensure a top-quality finish.
  • Health and Safety: Resurfacing involves chemicals and fumes that can be hazardous without proper ventilation, safety equipment, and fume extraction systems. We do everything necessary to keep our technicians and your family and friends (and pets) safe.
  • Longevity and Durability: A professionally resurfaced bathtub typically lasts longer and is more durable than a DIY job. This is due to the quality of materials used and the expertise in application. A professionally resurfaced bathtub can last up to 15 years. Without professional materials, you very well may end up having to redo the resurfacing in a few months or a few years.
  • Time and Effort: DIY resurfacing can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. A professional can get the job done in just a few hours, without the added stress of your wondering if you're doing the job the right way.
  • Finish and Color Selection: DIY kits usually offer a limited range of colors and finishes, which might not match your bathroom's aesthetic or your personal preference. Professionals like A New Look Resurfacing not only have a wider variety of high-quality finishes and colors to choose from but also provide expert advice on what would work best for your particular bathtub and bathroom decor.
  • Guaranteed Results: A New Look Resurfacing offers a 5-year warranty on all of our resident work, providing you with peace of mind that you won’t get from a DIY kit.

The main benefit of DIY bathtub refinishing is the cost. Some kits cost a few dozen dollars, but any one that will do a decent job will go for around $100-150. While that may be a couple hundred bucks cheaper than a professional bathtub resurfacing service, it doesn't include equipment you may have to buy (safety glasses, gloves, etc...), or the cost of repairing the bathtub again when something goes wrong.

While DIY bathtub resurfacing is an option, the benefits of hiring a professional like A New Look Resurfacing are significant. If you're looking to have your bathtub resurfaced in St. Louis, call A New Look Resurfacing today at (314) 368-6198, text us, or contact us online to get started.

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