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Perhaps the most frequently asked question we receive is, "What is the process of "painting a tub" called?" This service is commonly referred to as refinishing, reglazing, resurfacing or renewing. For a lasting finish, however, there is much more involved in the process than simply applying paint and should only be completed by professionals using top quality materials and full safety equipment. Please contact your local Surface Specialists franchise with any additional questions and for pricing.
Tub Refinishing


What type of surfaces can be repaired and/or refinished?

Bathtubs, bathbays, countertops, cultured marble, showers, tile, spas and swimming pools are the most common surfaces we repair and refinish. 


How is a tub refinished?

The tub is scraped, washed and solvents are used to clean it.  Then the tub is completely etched twice with hydrofluoric acid, then neutralized and sanded.  Solvents are again used.  An undercoat is applied and then two or three coats in the color of your choice are applied.  The finish coats are not porcelain or epoxy, but an extremely hard catalyzed material.

What type of material do you use to refinish tubs?

Polyurethane with ground ceramic material.

What colors are available?

We can refinish your surfaces in virtually any color!  In addition to our color chart which is based on the Bemis Color chips, if you provide us a sample item or swatch, our manufacturer can custom make our coating to match your items.

Are Polyurethane Coatings better than epoxies?

Both coatings are equally as tough and wear the same.  Urethanes, however, are much more colorfast and abrasion resistant.  Epoxies do have a higher adhesion, but whites will yellow in 4-6 years.

How long will it last?

If proper cleaning procedures are followed, your newly refinished item will look beautiful for 8-12 years.  Wall tile that is refinished should last indefinitely.

What should I use to clean a refinished surface?

Only non-abrasive cleaners and soaps;  Spic & Span, dish soap and Dow Scrubbing Bubbles.  DO NOT use Soft Scrub, Ajax, Comet, bleach or lemon cleansers.

Will a repair be noticeable?

Nine out of ten people will not be able to detect a repair.  Generally, you will still detect it because you know where it was.

Do you provide a warranty?

Most of our franchisees do provide warranties on their refinishes and some repairs.  Since they are independently owned and operated, however, they do vary from franchise to franchise.  Contact your local franchisee for specific information.  

How long will my refinished item be out of use?

Tubs should not be used until the following evening (Approximately 30 hours).  Countertops should not be used for 48 hours.

Is a refinished item more likely to chip?

No, it is as durable if not stronger than the original surface.  Whether or not any surface will chip is dependent on the angle at which the dropped item hits the surface.  A glass bottle can be dropped and not chip a surface, however, a plastic bottle can be dropped on the same surface and chip it.

How much does refinishing cost?

Each of our franchisees sets their own pricing, so you will need to contact the franchise location in your area directly for an estimate.  Most refinishing projects can be quoted over the phone.

Where can I find more information and photos ?

Please visit the Bathroom Refinishing page on this website or contact your local Surface Specialists franchise. For information on franchise opportunities, visit the Franchise Opportunity section of the website.


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