Q: How long do I have to wait to use my bathtub after resurfacing?
A: The waiting period after bathtub resurfacing is commonly referred to as the "curing" or "drying" time, and typically takes 24-72 hours.
The actual resurfacing process itself typically takes 5-9 hours, however the finish needs time to harden and set. The exact duration can vary depending on several factors, such as the type of materials used and environmental conditions.
Typically, it's recommended to wait at least 24 to 72 hours before using the resurfaced bathtub. Your contractor will tell you the exact amount of time after their job is finished. This time frame allows the new surface coating to fully bond and harden. Standing or sitting in the tub too soon can ruin the smooth surface or allow debris to become lodged in the finish. During the 24 to 72 hour curing window, you shouldn't clean your bathtub either or get it wet. Chemicals from cleaners can damage the finish.
Factors Affecting Curing Time
The curing/drying time of your resurfaced bathtub may be longer or shorter because of:
- Type of Coating: Different coatings, like epoxy or urethane, might have varying curing times. Some high-tech coatings may cure faster, while others might require a longer period. Different curing ranges for different coatings include:
- Epoxy Coatings: 24-48 hours
- Acrylic Urethane (Acrylic Polyurethane) Coatings: 48-72 hours
- Polyester or Polymer Coatings: 24-72 hours
- Ceramic-Based Coatings: Up to 48 hours
- Temperature and Humidity: Environmental conditions play a significant role in the curing process. Higher humidity and lower temperatures can prolong the drying time, while a warm, dry environment can speed up the process.
- Coating Thickness: If multiple layers were applies to enhance durability or tackle specific issues, the thicker application may extend the curing time.
Your contractor will be able to advise you on the after-care procedures and waiting time for the finish and coating you chose. While you should follow their specific instructions, there are a couple general guidelines that apply to any newly resurfaced bathtub:
- Ventilation: Keeping the bathroom well-ventilated during the curing period helps in faster and more effective drying.
- Avoiding Moisture: It’s important to keep the bathtub and the bathroom as dry as possible during the curing period. Even small amounts of water or moisture can affect the quality of the finish.
Always follow the specific instructions provided by your resurfacing professional, as they will have the best understanding of the materials and methods used in your particular case.
Adhering to the recommended wait time after bathtub resurfacing is essential for the best results. While you probably won't be able to use your bathtub on the same day it's refinished, the good news is that your new-ish bathtub should last another 10-15 years. For talk specific about your bathtub resurfacing project in St. Louis, don't hesitate to reach out to A New Look Resurfacing for expert, trained professionals that will get the job done right the first time. Call us today at (314) 368-6198, text us, or contact us online.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does It Take to Resurface My Bathtub?
It typically takes anywhere between 5-6 hours to completely resurface a standard size porcelain tub. A fiberglass Tub/Shower unit takes between 6-9 hours to completely resurface.
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If My Tub Has Been Resurfaced Before and it is Peeling Can it Be Resurfaced Again?
Yes, the bathtub can be resurfaced again. Typically, resurfaced bathtubs are peeling due to a poor resurfacing job. Unfortunately, there are many companies that are not qualified or experienced in this industry and lack the correct preparation process to porcelain and fiberglass bathtub resurfacing. A New Look Resurfacing is not one of those companies.
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How Long Does Bathtub Resurfacing Last?
A: When a bathtub is properly prepared and resurfaced it will typically last 15 years with proper care.
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Will My Newly Resurfaced Bathtub Have a Warranty?
Yes, we offer a 5-year warranty on all of our residential work.
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Are There Fumes Present During Bathtub Resurfacing?
Yes, there are fumes. However, they are minimal. We use only low-VOC, eco-friendly products with low odor. We always properly seal off and ventilate the areas we’re working in. We also utilize highly efficient fume extraction systems to minimize the fumes.
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Is the Newly Resurfaced Bathtub Slippery?
Yes, resurfaced bathtubs can be a bit more slippery than your original. However, we install a non-slip surface in every resurfaced tub bottom, unless otherwise directed by the customer. This is recommended by our trained technicians for the safety of our customers throughout Greater St. Louis.
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How Long Do I have to Wait to Use My Bathtub After Resurfacing?
Typically, it's recommended to wait at least 24 to 72 hours before using the resurfaced bathtub. Your contractor will tell you the exact amount of time to wait, depending on the materials and coating used, after the job is finished. This time frame allows the new surface coating to fully bond and harden.
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Do I Need to Prepare My Kitchen or Bathroom Before Resurfacing?
Yes, there is some preparation you can do make sure the resurfacing is smooth, efficient, and safe. This can include clearing the area, cleaning the surfaces, ensuring good ventilation, protecting nearby areas, planning for downtime from your bathroom or kitchen, and informing your technician of any necessary repairs or known issues.
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Bathtub Refinishing: DIY or Call a Pro?
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.
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Should I Get My Bathtub Resurfaced or Replaced?
Resurfacing is a much more affordable option that can make most bathtubs look and function like new again. They ultimate decision about whether to resurface or replace comes down to an individual homeowner and your unique situation.
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