Q: How long does it take to resurface my bathtub?

A: The time required to resurface a bathtub can vary depending on several factors, including the type of bathtub and the condition it's in. 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.

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the bathtub resurfacing process:

  • Preparation: Before the actual resurfacing begins, the tub needs to be thoroughly cleaned to remove any soap scum, mineral deposits, and body oils. Any existing caulking around the tub is also removed.
  • Repair Work: If there are minor chips or scratches, they are filled and sanded to ensure a smooth surface. Most tubs are either porcelain, plastic, fiberglass, or cast iron. The time it takes to repair the surface depends partially on the type of material used. Any rust spots also need to be repaired.
  • Etching: Etching increases the adhesion for the resurfacing and refinishing. Before applying primer, the tub's surface is lightly sanded and etched to roughen the surface, which makes it more adhesive for the new finish.
  • Priming: A primer is applied to create a base for the new surface, which is also important for adhesion.
  • Application of Coating: The new surface material, typically a specialized coating like epoxy or enamel, is then applied in multiple layers to give the tub a fresh, glossy appearance. The color you choose is up to you.
  • Sealing: Finally, a sealant is applied, and the tub is polished to give it a glossy and new appearance.

All this results in resurfacing a standard porcelain tub in 5-6 hours. The process for fiberglass shower/tubs is similar but can take a bit longer – typically between 6-9 hours.

Additional Repair Considerations

Some jobs take longer depending on if there are any repairs that need attention, specifically in fiberglass tubs. Fiberglass bathtubs can have cracks and water leaks that need to be addressed before the surfacing can be applied. Repairs may involve filling voids in the tub bottom with bathtub structural foam, which reinforces the tub's integrity and prevents future cracking. Sometimes, it’s necessary to add fiberglass structural repairs to the tub bottom. This involves applying layers of fiberglass matting and resin to strengthen the area. If you decide to strip away the old finish, that also can add some time to the tub refinishing process.

While these repairs are very easy for your contractor to carry out without concerns, they may make your bathtub resurfacing take a few hours longer.

Post-Resurfacing Downtime

After resurfacing, your tub needs to cure properly. So while the job can be finished within 5-6 hours, your tub should not be used for a specified period, usually 24 to 72 hours, to ensure the coating bonds well and achieves maximum durability.

The resurfacing process, though time-consuming, is a cost-effective way to rejuvenate your bathtub, giving it a brand-new look and extending its life. The precise time can vary based on the tub’s condition and the necessary repairs, but the result is a beautifully restored bathtub that makes your tub look and feel like new again.

If you're considering resurfacing your bathtub, reach out to A New Look Resurfacing today at (314) 368-6198, text us, or contact us online to get started.

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