Difficult to Clean Showers

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Large showers, especially those with glass doors and smaller sized tile are notoriously difficult to clean. The more grout lines and detail areas that a shower has, the more difficult it is to clean. This shower pictured below was filthy. We polished the tile to near-new condition, but unfortunately the grout couldn’t be restored.We do have a grout dying process which would produce a uniform color covering up stains, but this owner was selling the property and didn’t think the ...

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Illikai Hotel Condominium

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Oahu Tub is currently working on the top floors of the Illikai hotel owned by iStar Financial which is repositioning the units to be sold as individual condominiums. The building’s original cast iron tubs were basically the only fixtures kept. The owner went with our standard bathroom white color, which seamlessly matches their other fixtures.

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Restoring Commercial Sinks

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Porcelain sinks get dirty, but in a heavy commercial environment, its not always best to refinish. Porcelain has inherent advantages to any sort of coating in durability, stain resistance, and that it is easier to clean. The client with 10 lavatory sinks was a car dealership that was just about to undergo a corporate inspection. The process we used was our porcelain restoration method. The beauty of restoring rather than refinishing was:

- Less inconvenience to dealership customers

- No fumes

- Greater ...

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Choosing a Refinisher Based On Warranty

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There used to be a Honolulu refinisher that offered a 10 year warranty. He went out of business after a year and a half. A warranty is useless if the service provider isn’t around to honor it. Its easy to offer an incredible warranty. Its much more difficult to back up that warranty.

When choosing a refinisher, use your gut instinct. Is this guy going to be around for the long haul? Is he dependable, responsive, and trustworthy? Is he a ...

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Soap Scum

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Often people have no idea what is making their tub or shower so gross looking is soap scum. Once soap scum starts to accumulate, build up of it accelerates, and since the process is so gradual, people don’t realize that the dullness they see is actually something that can be removed. Build up of soap scum is typically on an old worn surface that allows the initial layer something to “bite” in to. A thick layer of soap scum can ...

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Walls Worth Refinishing

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Many times people want their tile walls refinished because they are simply dirty. The thing with this is that we need to fully clean them in order to refinish them, and often by the time we’ve fully cleaned them, they look just fine. This is often something the home owner can do themselves. However, some tile greatly benefits from being refinished. This is often matte finish tile that is difficult to keep clean, tile that is of an undesirable color, ...

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When Restoration Trumps Refinishing

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Most of the time refinishing will yield a better, more economical result than restoration but there are cases when the opposite is true. The advantages of restoration is that the original surface isn’t altered, and there are no harsh chemicals used in the process. However, the original surface must be in pretty good condition to start with. If there is any major damage, it is usually cheaper to refinish because a new coating will cover any imperfections. This week a ...

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All About Coatings

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Most bathtub refinishers offer one coating. This usually means that they are biased towards that one coating. Oahu Tub Experts offers every type of bathtub refinishing coating that is available: a traditional solvent-based urethane, a water based coating, and our commercial-grade next-generation modified epoxy. The reason why we do this is that there is no “one size fits all” coating that works for every single application.

Bathtub refinishing started out with epoxies, and for the most part were a good option. ...

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Tile Wall Surrounds

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Sometimes we try to talk people out of refinishing their tile wall surrounds. If you have glossy white 4 inch porcelain tile, 90% of the time it will clean up nicely with some elbow grease and you’ll save a bunch of money. However, textured tile, or undesirable colored tile often are good candidates for refinishing. This recent job was both textured and a nasty brown color. The tub also had rust spots, and even rust holes that we filled with ...

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The 90% Rule

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When we meet with customers, we like to tell them about our 90% rule. Bathroom refinishing is not a perfect process. It is done by hand, by a human – not a machine. The setting is a bathroom, not a dust free paint booth. The fixture is not brand new, but something that has likely been used for decades, and is probably dirty and damaged.

Its not a perfect situation, and therefore not a perfect process, no matter how skilled the ...

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