Why Bathtub Refinishing is Best Left to the Professionals


Bathtub refinishing requires use of industrial strength chemical and solvents.

Refinishing bathtubs are, in much the same way as we discuss refinishing countertops in a previous post, jobs best left to professionals.

With that in mind, DIY refinishing for a bathtub is almost always a poor choice.  Outside the soul merit that it might be cheaper than a professionally done refinishing, there are many detriments.  In order to refinish a bathtub, you must first fully clean and remove any build-up of mineral deposits, soap scum, body oils, etc., and utilize powerful industrial-strength chemicals that require, at the very least, rubber gloves, goggles, and a breathing respirator,  to ready the tub before any refinishing.

Only after the tub is cleaned and any damage repaired, can you begin refinishing by bonding and priming the entirety of the tub and then applying the topcoat.  If any one of these steps is lax or missing, the refinishing job might as well be scrapped.  Without a proven bonding agent to fuse the new finish onto the old surface, you are really just doing a temporary “paint” job.  Good refinishing requires an effective bonding agent and hi tech acrylic resins to provide the best results.

If you’re thinking of taking on a do it yourself project, make the right choice and find a Miracle Method location near you. You can also call our toll free number, 855-212-7337, to reach the nearest Miracle Method professional.

Photo courtesy of Dave.

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Preventing and Treating Mold and Mildew

Squeegee down the walls, tub, and curtain (if possible) to prevent moisture from creating mold or mildew.

Here at Miracle Method, we firmly believe that surface refinishing is the best choice for bathtubs, ceramic tile, and kitchen countertops that need surface repair, making them look like new.  That said, we also firmly believe in routine maintenance and care for bathtubs.  Today, we’re going to be discussing preventing and removing mold and mildew.

Mold and mildew go beyond simply making a room unattractive. It can disperse microscopic spores into the homes air.  This is harmful to your health, and can cause anything from a mild allergic reaction to much more serious ailments.

Mold and mildew grow wherever there are high amounts of moisture and humidity.  For bathtubs, sinks, and kitchen countertops, one of the simplest preventative measures comes from using a squeegee to direct any remaining water or other liquids down the nearest drain.  With showers and bathtubs, post usage, squeegee down the glass doors or curtains as best you can.  All this help prevent the accumulation of moisture that can spawn mold or mildew.

You can help prevent mold and mildew by using typical household cleaning supplies such as bleach, dish soap, detergent and hot water to scrub out the respective areas.

For shower curtains (fabric or plastic), the simplest solution is putting them in a washing machine with hot water, heavy detergent, and a little color-safe bleach (3/4th of a cup).  After it’s washed, hang it up and let it air dry in a dry area.

For everything else, start with a couple spoonfuls of dish soap mixed with a bucket of hot water, and a non-scratch brush or scouring pad.  We recommend scrubbing the problem areas, as well as the surrounding areas.

Next, mix up about 3 cups of warm water with a quarter cup of bleach, and then put it into a spray bottle.

Use this to cover the whole area, wait about 10 minutes, and then rinse everything off with water and squeegee the bleach/water down the drain.

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Bathtub Repair – What Can Be Repaired & How Are Repairs Made?

The award winning refinishing that we at Miracle Method pride ourselves on providing to our customers can be applied to bathtubs and other units made from a variety of materials.  Fiberglass, acrylic, and cultured marble are the primary materials that we can repair, but we also repair porcelain tubs and sinks, tile grout, hot tubs and Jacuzzis.

Fixtures can accidentally be damaged.  This frequently occurs when an item is shipped or installed, or in some cases when a heavy or sharp object is dropped onto the fixture.  While everything else may be in working order and in satisfactory condition, this limited damage needs to be repaired to prevent further damage as a result (cracking or chipping are good examples of this). Sometimes a crack can develop into a leak. The good news is that fixture repair is generally speedy and inexpensive.

A great deal of time and effort goes into Miracle Method’s bathtub repair.  Chips and cracks must first be filed and sealed using a waterproof polyester resin.  Once these areas have completely dried they are thoroughly sanded and filled.  Then, using an artist’s air brush, an acrylic enamel coating is applied to the area, and the area is carefully blended into the surrounding surface, making it look just like new!

Chip and bathtub repair is something that takes years of practice.  DIY repair projects often only cover up damaged areas and don’t extend the life of the unit in the same way that refinishing does.  Chip and bathtub repair requires a discerning eye and years of professional experience.

The good news is that bathtub repair is MUCH less expensive than bathtub replacement (less expensive by thousands of dollars!) and adds anywhere from 15-20 years, or more to the tub.

If you’re considering having your bathtub refinished or repaired, then find a Miracle Method location near you or call our toll free number, 855-212-7337, to reach the nearest Miracle Method professional.

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Miracle Method Makes Burnt Bathtub Like New

Burnt bathtub is no match for Miracle Method refinishing!

This amazing story about bathtub refinishing came from the Miracle Method in Fresno, CA. Someone’s shirt caught on fire, and they threw their flaming shirt into their empty fiberglass bathtub.

That was a big mistake!  Fiberglass is not fireproof and burns with a steady, if not quick consistency.  This bathtub was no exception to this rule.  Smoke and fire scorched the tub, causing serious burn damage to the front half of it, particularly on the bottom left of the tub, and smoke damage rose up and over from the left side of the bathroom’s ceramic tile wall.

Fortunately, we’re called Miracle Method for a reason.

Despite the dramatic damage done to tub and tile, we were able to repair, clean and refinish these areas, transforming them, making them nice and white and just like new, and adding extra life to the tub and tile.

Not a miracle, just Miracle Method!

If you’re interested in getting your bathtub, ceramic tile, or kitchen countertop refinished, than give us a call.  Find a Miracle Method location in your area or call us at 855-212-7337.  You’ve seen what we did in Fresno, now imagine what we can do for you.  Contact us today!

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Celebrate Earth Day by Choosing the Greener Solution: Surface Refinishing

globeEarth Day is fast approaching, and we at Miracle Method pride ourselves on being a green company. “We were ‘green’ before being green became popular,” said Chuck Pistor, President of Miracle Method, “we’ve been effectively recycling bath and kitchen fixtures for over 30 years!”

We know that traditional home remodeling can be a costly, major source of waste, which is why we advocate surface refinishing as a much more environmentally friendly and less expensive alternative to replacement.

Much of what we do in surface refinishing uses the recycling adage “reduce, reuse, recycle.”  By refinishing a bathtub, kitchen countertop, tile wall, or other fixture instead of replacing it, we help to “reduce” the amount of waste going into landfills and needlessly wasted energy from the manufacturing and transporting of new materials.  We help consumers “reuse” their bathtubs, tile and countertops they already have instead of buying new ones thereby effectively  “recycling” old fixtures into new fixtures and adding an additional 15 or more years to the lives of their bathtubs, showers, or countertops.

Pistor says it best, “Homeowners will even save up to 75% over replacement costs while contributing to a better environment.”

The nation’s largest surface refinishing network with 125 offices committed to the finest quality surface refinishing and providing its customers with beautiful, durable and affordable green remodeling options, Miracle Method is helping to lead the way towards a greener, brighter future.

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