From Tub Reglazing to Tile Painting

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Whether your 90’s bathtub gives you nightmares or the mint-green tiles got you down, it’s time to repaint or restore them in their previous state. However, before restoration, you need to consider various factors such as removal cost, item replacement cost, labor and installation costs, and mainly the total time for remodeling. Restoration increases your home value and saves around 80% of the cost as compared to replacement, which makes it an ideal solution. After restoration, you can keep your bathtub for a decade with proper care. Wall and floor tiles even go for a long time because it receives far less wear and tear.  Most people think about; that replacing is the best idea than restoration or repairs, but most factors you should consider are the cost of demolition, contractor, removal, plumber, tilers, and job skyrockets. Restoration is cheaper than a full replacement, and you don’t have a need to worry about the finishing wearing away as your bathroom décor can gain a newer look than before.

Professional Restoration:

The Professional’s process is more or less standard and specifics steps, which are somewhat different; they call this process as reglazing. A family member of mine out in Massachusetts hired a Cambridge tub reglazing company to help them with this project and it turned out great. 

  • Firstly clean the tub and remove caulking from it.
  • Cover the area which you don’t want to restore and mask properly around it. Mainly, the restoration professionals take proper precautions and are highly aware of avoiding overspray or other mess because they know the fact that they are in a private residence.
  • You can remove all the hardware fittings, drain fittings, and bath faucet.
  • If you want to roughen the original finish, it will help if you lightly sand the entire bathtub, and in some cases, you can etch with acid to help the new coating adhere.
  • For removing the debris from the sanding stage bathtub, you should vacuum clean it.
  • You can use a sprayer for applying up to three coats of primer and leave it to dry completely. Apply three to four layers of a top-coat mixture with a sprayer, and leave it for curing.
  • You can get a whole new bathroom after drying and curing, as a tough shinning surface appears rather than the scratches, chips, and rust.

Do-it-yourself:

It is inexpensive rather than hiring professionals, but you need Latex gloves, brush, steel wool, cleaning solution, safety gloves, and various other tools. Do not clean the recoated tub with any abrasive cleaners as they will eliminate the finish of the tub.

  • Remove all caulking and clean the bathtub.
  • Remove the drain, hardware fitting and faucet.
  • Cover or mask the area around the bathtub and set up the fan or open the window to provide active ventilation at work area.
  • With water and acid etch the area of bathtub to dull the surface finish to provide new coating.
  • To improve bonding roughen the surface of bathtub and sand it, let it to be dry after rinse.
  • Wipe the tub with cloth and dry paper to ensure that the water is removed.
  • Coat the surface of bathtub with the help of primer and leave it to dry.
  • Now add epoxy coating and apply it all the sides of bathtub with a roller or brush and finish all the edges carefully.
  • Apply three to four coatings of epoxy.
  • Let it for dry, after that reinstall faucet, hardware fittings.

Tiles 

These are commonly used for floors, walls, countertops, and showers. It is made from clay, which has been molded into tiles and exposed to fire to create hard surfaces. It can go long last, if properly installed. Ceramic tile can be transferred by simple painting when it will become old, dingy, and outdated. It requires some special steps because ceramic tiles do not completely mix well to paint. To provide a better surface for painting, it is essential to sand and scuff. For painting your tiles, you should have –

Tools & Materials: Acrylic primer, Interior paint, Urethane, Hand gloves, Cleaner, Scrubber, Painter’s tape, Grit sandpaper, Paint-brush, Paint-roller an art brush.

Clean your tiles with grit sandpaper or electric sander machine if available, sand the tile and scuff up the surface to help the primer adhere. Repair the cracks, replace the broken tiles, imperfections in tiles, and cracking grouts. Clean the surrounding area and wipe the dry sand. Use a heavy-duty solution trisodium phosphate (TSP) to clean the tile thoroughly after that washes the surface several times to remove TSP residue. To remove any dirt and residue, you can use denatured alcohol to wipe the surface. 

Apply Primer:  Choosing a good primer for painting the tiles is key to success; a slightly thin coating of primer foams a smooth coat without and thick spots. Use a paintbrush to coat edges of the area walls, ceilings, and other appliances. 

Use a roller to apply thin coats of primer and keep the surface clean to avoid any edge marks. It takes several hours to dry the first coat of primer. After completely dry of the first coating, use a paintbrush to cut around the edges and apply the second coat. It takes overnight to dry the second coat, and use light sand to smooth the area, wipe off the whole area to remove dust. 

Apply Paint to Your Tile:  Paint your tile in the same way you apply primer, use a paintbrush to cut around the edges, and roll the rest surface to apply the first coating of finishing paint leave it to dry properly, which takes several hours. When the first coat dries completely, again, use a paintbrush to make a cut around edges and paint the rest area with a roller to apply a second coat. Apply a third coat if necessary after the dryness of the second coat by using an art paintbrush to paint grout lines with contrast paint and let it dry completely. Apply a top-quality urethane finish to seal the newly painted surface, allow the paint to fully dry, and do not touch the surface.   

Kitchen Cabinets Repainting:

Here are various reasons to refinish and repaint your kitchen cabinets to convert them from tired cabinets into updated cabinets, enhancing your kitchen decor. The cabinet is undoubtedly an essential part of any kitchen, whether it is countertops and flooring. While choosing to upgrade your cabinetry, you should know which is the best because kitchen restoration is always a time-consuming process. Restoration helps you to save money rather than installing a new one. With the change in time, the finish on kitchen cabinets worn out, damaged, and faded makes your old cabinets look unattractive and worn-down due to general wear and tear or cooking messes. Some people thought that they have only one solution: to replace the old cabinets with a new one, but restoration can provide your cabinet with a refreshed appearance.  Here are some of the benefits of restoring your kitchen cabinets –

Benefits for the restoration of kitchen cabinets: 

  • Painting your cabinets gives a whole new look to your kitchen and keep it up to date. It also gives a modern look to your kitchen and makes the countertop look better, as well as your space look brighter and lighter.
  • Painting your kitchen cabinets will improve the value of your homes. If you think about selling your home, then it has a great return on investment. It makes space look nicer, more inviting, and look larger.
  • Painting your kitchen cabinets is less expensive than replacing it with a new one. Avoid having to purchase new kitchen cabinets because it is the most expensive item in the kitchen. Replacing new kitchen cabinets may include many hidden charges like replacing the sink, countertop, and plumber charge.
  • While replacing new kitchen cabinets requires more time, repainting is a time saving and short process that takes one week rather than replacing a new one takes more time, so it is better to avoid it.
  • There are varieties of paints available in markets, and you can choose the one according to your needs, which can update your kitchen cabinets with less effort and cost.  

Restore Furniture Items:

Refinish your wood furniture and give them a new look by painting and polishing. There would be a several sign’s which tells about you when start a restoration project. Some of them are-

  • The objects that feels sticky after cleaning the surface. 
  • Water marks and worn out patches remain on the surface that left after cleaning.
  • The color of the coat that turns from clear to dark.
  • Finishing of the wood that is cracked down and chipped off.

Tips for Restoring:

  • Clean the surface of wood furniture with dish-soap and warm water with the help of sponge piece scrub the entire surface and then wipe with normal water and place to dry it for some time.
  • After cleaning you should have a better idea about the condition of the material. You will see dents, cracks, and chips on the surface of product repair, them with the help of wax filling compound, scrappers, and epoxy putty.
  • Remove the old finish by using coarse sandpaper once the finish is off used medium-grit sandpaper to remove further shine and give it a perfect shine. Another way is to choose a chemical in the form of liquid or semi-liquid paste containing Methylene Chloride over the surface of the wood with the help of a brush. With the help of lacquer thinner, remove the residue or wax from the surface.
  • Apply a thin coat of sealant to your product because it creates a base for the stain to spread more evenly and allow it to soak in the product. Sand down the furniture surfaces with the help of fine-grit sandpaper after dry of sealant. 
  • Some paints are oil-based enamel, which provides a durable coating. Among the different colors available, you need to choose the right one, and before applying on your furniture, test it on other pieces of wood.
  • Apply a finish coat, which will depend on various factors such as the look of furniture woods, durability, and the use of items.
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