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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More About Bathtub Liners

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We knew bathtub liners were expensive, but we didn’t realize HOW expensive they had become until today when we did an estimate. The home owner said she had priced out three options for fixing up her bathroom: Refinishing, Replacement, and Liners. Of course refinishing her tub and walls was by far the cheapest option. Replacement of her cast iron tub with a new steel tub, and replacement of the cultured marble tub surrounds came out to $4800. But the surprising ...

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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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Fixing Sloppy Work

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We just wrote a case study on our most recent repair of another refinisher’s work. Keep in mind that we were called immediately after the other guy had left and the bathtub had never even been used in between. This happens more often than you think. CLICK HERE to read the case study.

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The Difference Refinishing Can Make

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People often ask to see before and after pictures of the most disgusting tubs we’ve done. Its probably the shock element that interests them the most. Most tubs we do are old and worn, but not necessarily gross and disgusting. However, now and then, such a tub does come along — usually in low rise walk up rental apartment building in town. We did this one yesterday and we made it look very close to brand new at a tiny ...

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All-In-One Cultured Marble Vanities

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The best candidate for bathroom countertop refinishing is definitely cultured marble or composite all-in-one units. These seamless counter/sink pieces really refinish to look 95% new, and are a perfect solution for either owner-occupant, rental, or fixing a place up for sale.

We’ve had home sellers that have had their property on the market for 4 months with no offers, and after they make minor improvements such as refinishing all their tubs and old/worn countertops, they are rewarded with a quick sale. ...

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