Tile Refinishing: What Is It & What's The Process?
What is more costly, disruptive, and time consuming than replacing a bathtub? Replacing multiple walls of bathroom tile!
So, Let’s Talk Tile Refinishing!
With the same benefits you receive from refinishing your tub, our tile reglazing services produce a durable, like-new finish using the best available products and a safe and reliable process. This can be done inside your shower/bath area AND out; this tile rejuvenation can also typically be completed in less than a day! If you have tile wall surrounding the entirety of your bathroom, you could be looking at a full bathroom demolition if you replace! So, before you call your local contractor to gut your bathroom because you just can’t take looking at that outdated pink tile anymore, consider resurfacing it instead!
As with any refinishing project, we begin with preparation. Before resurfacing tile, the surrounding areas are covered and protected. We then set up our ventilation equipment to exhaust fumes and limit any overspray. The surface is then cleaned in preparation of the next step.
Strip | Sand | Etch
Depending on the material of the surface being worked on, there are different methods of preparation for it to be effectively adhered to. If the surface has been previously glazed or painted, it will need to first be stripped. Sanding and/or etching is an important part of this phase in the tile refinishing process. The surface must be even and microporous for the coating to adhere effectively. If this is done incorrectly, the final coating will peel off rapidly.
Often times, minor repairs need to be made. If the repairs are significant (crumbling grout, falling tiles, plumbing issue, or moisture damage), those types of damages should be handled prior to our reglazing appointment. However, superficial damages such as: chips, small cracks, scratches, rusted drain/overflow area, will be repaired by our technician before proceeding with the next step.
A Proper Prime
Priming is the fourth stage in the tile reglazing process. Although primer can be applied using a brush and some companies opt for this method, the end effect will appear to be painted on. With a professional touch offered by K&D Reglazing, a qualified technician applies primer with our specially designed spray guns to ensure an evenly coated base for our finish coats.
Color and Finish
Spraying the top coats (or color coats) will give you your final look. Not only will tile refinishing leave your existing tile more protected, but your polished new surface will last for years!