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Posted by lee selkirk on November 8th, 1999 09:20 PM
In reply to Porcelain bathtub re-refinishing by Teresa Roberts on October 10th, 1999 10:27 PM [Go to top of thread]

The product you used sounds like an epoxy. If it
started to peel and flake the surface was not prepped
correctly, a process many refinishing products
fail to adequately explain: prep is 85% of the job.
Henry is right about having a pro do the job but
be careful NOT to let someone use another epoxy
compound! Epoxy tub refinishing materials contain
polyisocyanate as the hardener and it noxious stuff,
meant only for industrial applications, Not for
the home. Besides, epoxies are obsolete for this
purpose, having long ago been outclassed by acrylic
urethanes (not bad but watch out for iso-compounds
even here) and polyester urethanes, the product of
choice. Whoever you use, they MUST remove all of
your epoxy effort before they can start. Save
a lot of $$ and remove the existing epoxy yourself.
Invest in a box of 100 single edge razor blades
(#12's if your can get them) and a scraper. It
should take about two hours or less. Have your pro
explain in detail what he will do. This will tell
you if you are dealing with a real pro or a cowboy.
Unfortunately the tub refinishing industry has many
more fly-by-nighters than good people. DO NOT let
him know that you know the following information or
he may change his tune just to get the job.
INFO--> Be sure that they:
- clean the tub and degrease it properly,
- remove the caulk line completely,
- remove the overflow and retaining bar,
- remove the strainer(drain). Very important for
the long term durability of the job!
- mask completely and carefully,
- vent the room with a fan, and
- use a tack cloth before actually spraying,
The cleaning, prep, and masking usually takes about
2 1/2 to 3 hours with another 1 1/2 to 2 hours for
the spraying. Anyone who says they can do a
quality job in less time should go back to telling
fishing stories! A realpro will return after the job is cured and replace the
caulking, gaskets, and all fittings. I do this
for a living and have "shot" over 1,000 tubs. The
above points if followed should give you a good
result for your hard-earned money.
Good luck with the restoration!
Good luck with your project!
tries to finish

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