How long will it last? A bathtub refinishing or ceramic tile wall refinished by San Antonio Surface should easily last 10 to 15 years with proper care and maintenance. In fact, many of our jobs done over 10 years ago still look great.
How durable is it? Just as technology has improved so many things, the refinishing coatings used by San Antonio Surface are incredibly durable. Our finishes are designed to stand up to their intended use…they do not require special care. However, just like a brand new surface, a bathtub refinishing can be chipped or scratched if it is abused.
Will my tub look painted? Most definitely not! In fact, most people would have a difficult time telling the difference between a new bathtub and a refinished one. Refinishing is that good if it is done right.
How long will it take? A standard size bathtub in reasonable condition will take around 4 to 6 hours to refinish. The tub will normally be ready to use within 24 hours or even sooner with special curing procedures.
How much does it cost? Prices vary across the country (between $250 and $500 for a bathtub), but refinishing will almost always be a fraction of what replacement would cost. It can easily cost up to $3000 to replace a bathtub when you consider all of the costs. Refinishing can usually save you up to 70% versus the cost of replacement!
Is white the only color available? No. We can match an existing color or create almost any custom color of your choosing.
What if my fixture is damaged? Small chips and cracks can usually be repaired during the preparation stage of the refinishing process. Often if it is just a single chip, for instance, we can fill and refinish just the damaged area. With careful color matching, the repaired chip will be practically invisible. San Antonio Surface is regularly called upon to repair newly installed, but slightly damaged fixtures for Kohler, Jacuzzi, and others.
Is refinishing just for bathtubs? No, refinishing is great for a variety of surfaces including fiberglass shower stalls, kitchen Formica counter tops and other laminates, ceramic tile, cultured marble vanity tops, and acrylic tubs.
Is there a difference between San Antonio Surface and other refinishers? Yes! Others may claim to use similar procedures, but only San Antonio Surface uses a proprietary bonding agent. This is a big difference because this is the material which chemically bonds the new finish to the old surface. San Antonio Surface is built around this technology. The difference is other companies use spray paint, car paint, and epoxy paints. Under the rigors of daily use, exposure to lye and chemical bathroom cleaners, car paint and epoxy paints tend to: dull out rapidly, scratch and chip very easily, fade and (yellow) prematurely, and begin to bubble, crack and peel because they are not chemical resistant finishes. However our glaze, since it is not a paint but rather a chemical finish, is fully chemical resistant, abrasion resistant, chip and scratch resistant, and is fully guaranteed against bubbling, cracking, and peeling.
How long has San Antonio Surface Been in business? In 1991, we started as a result of the development of new technology and the creation of our proprietary bonding agent. This technology has proved to be superior and more environmentally responsible compared to the “acid-etch” method still employed by many refinishers today.
Is there a warranty? We offer a five-year warranty against peeling or other failure of adhesion for bathtubs, wall tile, and fiberglass sinks, counter tops, floors, chip repairs.
What are the pros and cons of Bathtub Liners? Bathtub liners are molded plastic, PVC, or acrylic inserts which are placed over an existing bathtub. Liners are marketed as an alternative to replacement or refinishing. The pros and cons are as follows:
* Liners may be the only alternative to replacement for tubs which are severely damaged or deteriorated to a point where they can’t be economically refinished .
* Most liners are fairly durable and resist chipping and scratching.
* Liners may be appropriate to use in dorms or apartments where tubs are likely to be subject to heavy use.
* Liners are expensive. While liners themselves usually cost $100 – $175, the total price to the consumer tends to be from $850 – $1500.
* Most liners look and feel like plastic.
* Liners can take several weeks to install – they must be custom molded, which requires one trip to measure, time to order from the factory, time to ship, and a second trip to install.
* Liners can create plumbing problems because the added thickness of the liner may require an extension of the drain and overflow.
* Liners suffer a bad reputation for allowing water to accumulate between the old tub and the new liner. This water is almost impossible to remove. The result can be a “squishy” feeling each time someone steps in and out of the tub. Not only can the misplaced water create “squishy” noises, but even worse, the standing water can become stagnant, creating obnoxious odor problems. Any small crack or hole which develops in the caulking along the seam between the liner and the vertical wall surround can allow water to penetrate.
* Liners are fairly durable, but they can be scratched and damaged. They eventually will wear out.
* Liners can be difficult to replace. Since liners are glued to the old tub when installed, they usually have to be ripped or cut out in order to replace them.
* If liners do not match the contours of the existing tub, then the liner may flex back and forth and can crack over time.
* Liners come in a limited number of colors.