Benefits Of Our Commercial Coating

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Our “standard residential” coating is a bit of a misnomer because it is the best performing, strongest, and fastest curing residential grade coating on the market for bathtub refinishing. This amazing product allows you to use your bathtub 3 hours after we leave. In fact, that is only because our caulk takes 3 hours to dry. The coating itself is shower-ready within 2 hours.

With all that being said, we ...

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Inlays Permanently Fix Cracked Fiberglass Fixtures

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Approximately 30% of fiberglass fixtures are not installed properly with supporting foam underneath. Over time, the flex and weight of people showering and bathing can cause the fixture to crack, typically on the bottom. Fortunately there is a fix for this that costs a tiny fraction of replacing the entire fixture. We shore up the fixture by injecting foam into the bottom, then install a custom made, unbreakable and uncrackable inlay over the fixture’s entire bottom area. Today we installed ...

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Refinished Terrazzo Shower Pans @ H-Power Plant

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This week we refinished some terrazzo shower pans in the locker rooms at the H-Power plant, located at Campbell Industrial Park, where most of Oahu’s household waste is burned, creating energy. Terrazzo is a composite material containing marble, granite, quartz and glass chips that is poured in place with a cement-like binder. It is too porous to work well in showers, but is also very difficult to remove. The officials at H-Power turned to us to refinish their terrazzo pans ...

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Availability of New Commercial Coating

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Oahu Tub is pleased to announce the availability of a new commercial grade coating. As with any coating there are pluses and minus. The plus of this coating is that it is more durable than our standard coating. We caution homeowners to not read into this too much as our standard coating is already a premium coating, is very durable, and more practical for many applications. Our new coating, however, is rated for 24/7 water immersion. It is used in ...

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How Trying To Save Money Can Cost Money

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DIY kits don’t work. We’re not just saying this to get your business. Many of our customers will tell you that we’ve talked them out of doing work that is often unnecessary such as tile refinishing (often a good cleaning with a product like Diamond Magic can work wonders).

If DIY kits really worked well nobody would need our services. Truth be told, a skilled weekend warrior might be able to get a DIY refinishing kit to look good. However, it ...

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Refinished Vanities Can Add Huge Value

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We often try to talk people out of refinishing countertops, but in some instances it really makes sense. Heavily used counters, or formica that is badly damaged usually aren’t good candidates for refinishing, and with the prices of granite and installation at rock bottom right now, for many owner-occupant applications we are actually sending people to our favorite granite company rather than try to win their business.

We are happiest when our customers are happy, so we try to do right ...

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Problematic Low Spots

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We see this in about one out of every ten or fifteen cast-iron and steel bathtubs. For whatever reason, the bathtub manufacturers neglected to check to make sure the tub drains properly. Usually there is a slight low spot about an inch to three inches in front of the drain. Typically it lets about 1/8 of an inch of standing water, but we’ve seen it as deep as a 1/4 inch. This standing water eats away at the finish over ...

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Jacuzzi Tub In $2M Penthouse

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People often ask what the actual refinishing process looks like, so we’ll post random pictures every now and then. This week we refinished a Jacuzzi tub in a $2M downtown penthouse. This was previously refinished, and there were two reasons why the coating failed: 1) No primer was used and 2) the tub didn’t drain correctly so the water sat at the bottom for hours. Its a recipe for disaster. Here you can see one of our master technicians at ...

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Why Coatings Fail

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Just to touch a bit more on the last post, the top six reasons coatings fail is:

1. Inadequate preparation – the surface wasn’t etched or cleaned properly. Etching is often necessary on porcelain tubs to rough up the surface so the new coatings stick.

2. Poor quality products – In some situations, etching isn’t necessary, and instead an chemical bond can be created with an adhesive wipe on primer. MANY of these primers are poor quality and will fail.

3. No primer ...

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Irresponsible Refinishers

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This week we got called to a record five inspections by people who had all purchased a home or apartment within the last two years, and all have failing refinishes on their bathtub or shower tile. This shows a sickening trend that taints the reputation of all Honolulu bathtub refinishing companies, irresponsible or not.

The problem is that the less reputable companies know the house is or will be on the market, and they figure the person paying for the work ...

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