What is the new finish?
A superior, high performance acrylic urethane system designed specifically for kitchen and bathroom refinishing. Our glaze is extremely durable and maintains gloss and color retention.
The advantages of this finish over other products are:
Resistance to abrasion and scratching (holds up to normal wear and tear)
Impact resistance (won’t crack or chip if you drop a shampoo bottle)
Resistance to extreme temperatures
Color retention (won’t yellow like epoxy coatings)
This finish has been modified for use in the resurfacing industry. Other resurfacing companies may call their product or process something unique or special, but the reality is that all of the top resurfacing companies will be using this finish.
You do need to be aware that there are companies who will use an inferior product to cut costs (our coating is very expensive). This causes problems because these products will not hold up over the long term.
What is the process?
As is the key to any job, the prep work is essential. First we clean the surface to be glazed with ArmorKote Tub & Tile Prep. The surface must be clean and free of moisture, oil, grease, loose paint, rust, polish, and waxes. Old paint films that are soft, cracked or not firmly adhering to the surface may lift or wrinkle when glaze is applied over them. In such cases the old finish should be removed.
We then fill in any significant chips or holes. We then once again thoroughly clean and dry the bathtub. We mask-off all around the tub and all of the fixtures, hang plastic sheets, and put tarps on the floor. We are in effect creating a spray-booth in the bathroom.
We then mix a colored resin with a catalyst. A chemical reaction takes place and the new finish begins to harden. We have a couple of hours to work with it while it is still a liquid. The finish coat is then applied to the bathtub using a spray system. It then penetrates and bonds onto the old surface. Because the new finish is applied as a liquid, it molds to the old bathtub and fills in all of the pores, making the tub non-porous.
The result is a bathtub that looks better, lasts longer, and cleans easier.
What about the caulk around the bathtub?
We will remove any worn out caulk, and re-caulk around the top of the bathtub.
How long does the process take?
Most bathtubs can be completed in less than 4 hours. Also, the bathtub can be used 24 hours after we have completed our work.
How do I care for my new finish?
You should not use abrasive cleaners like Comet or Ajax, even Soft Scrub has some mild abrasives in it. However, you won’t need to use abrasive cleaners since the new finish will be non-porous and the dirt and grime should wipe away much easier than before.
For regular cleaning, you should use cleaner that is “Safe for re-glazed bathtubs” We recommend Mr Clean Tub and Tile.
How long will the new finish last?
As with any surface, it will eventually wear away. We provide a 10 year guarantee and you should expect between 10 – 20 years of use before the tub would need to be touched up or redone.
Please note that a new bathtub or liner will wear away over time and need to be addressed in the future as well.
Can you apply an anti-slip treatment to the bottom of the tub?
Yes, we can apply a permanent anti-slip texture to the bottom of your bathtub.
Does the process smell?
The compounds that we now use are low VOC and environmentally friendly. Solvents have been dramatically reduced. The new lower VOC’s compounds result in a significantly lower smell that dissipates much quicker than older technology – without sacrificing any of the strength and durability our work is known for.
The smell is not dangerous – only annoying. as with any smell, it will bother some individuals more that others.
Is the new finish guaranteed?
Yes. ArmorKote guarantees work done in your home for 10 years. We guarantee against fading, peeling, or crazing.