Q: Is it true it can cost up to $35,000 to remodel a kitchen?
A: With A Revitalized Bath & Kitchen, that’s definitely not true with kitchen refinishing, but that depends on your definition of remodel. Our prices for kitchen countertop refinishing are usually half, or less than that, of replacement cost. It only costs about $350 to $900 to complete kitchen countertop refinishing. We also perform bathtub refinishing for approximately $350, and most bath vanities for under $200.
Q: What color choices are available for refinishing?
A: We carry both white and almond in two different finishes, in stock, for bathtub, tile, and countertop refinishing. However, we can order any of over 1,000 different colors for a small fee, and can do custom tub painting jobs. We also have simulated granite finishes available.
Q: What are the advantages to refinishing, rather than replacing, an old or damaged bathtub?
A: Cost is the primary reason for considering bathtub refinishing. Replacing a tub will likely require the removal of the surrounding walls, dramatically increasing the cost to install. Plus, the construction cost to repair and perfect the area after the tub installed can be enormous. On the other hand, bathtub resurfacing is a noninvasive process that restores your bathtub’s appearance and functionality without requiring any demolition and/or construction.
Q: Can I do this kind of work myself?
A: It’s not impossible for a homeowner to perform bathtub refinishing, countertop resurfacing, or tile reglazing. However, professional refinishers are trained, and underwent months of practice, to be consistently, successful. To perform bathtub reglazing, or refinishing any surface, yourself, you need to train, find the proper chemicals and coatings, learn spray techniques, rent or buy the proper equipment, and qualify to access hazardous situations. Remember, if you’re unhappy with your own work, a professional refinisher will have to remove your work and start from scratch. In the long run – this will cost you much more.
Q: Isn’t refinishing a temporary solution? Will your paint really last?
A: A Revitalized Bath & Kitchen’s product is not really a paint, but a polymerized-acrylic urethane – a very durable coating. Once the Coating is applied during bathtub resurfacing, and any other refinishing project, the product life ranges from 15 to 20 years, depending on how well you care for it. Our Coating is used on the outside of commercial airliners. If it can remain durable on the outside of a 747, it will remain durable after bathtub resurfacing and countertop refinishing.
Q: What type of product is used in the refinishing process?
A: Many products are used during the actual bathtub refinishing process. The most obvious is the Coating, which will restore your tubs and counters to their original, brand-new appearance. After many tests and years of research, reputable refinishers agree that a two-part, urethane coating is the most durable and resistant coating.
Q: What makes the coating actually stick to a countertop?
A: A Revitalized Bath & Kitchen’s Coating, unlike many other commercial coatings, contains a chemical called methyl ethyl ketone or MEK. MEK is a very powerful chemical that can dissolve plastics – this is to our advantage. When we prepare the surface for countertop refinishing, we wet sand, increasing the surface area of your countertop by creating small grooves or scratches. The Coating seeps into the grooves after application. The MEK causes the Coating to chemically bond with the surface by melting into it. This is called cross linking. The molecules of the substrate, and our Coating, actually share a connecting space.
Q: Will your coating last on my cultured-marble vanity or solid surface?
A: Definitely! Keep in mind cultured marble is created from a man-made material called epoxy. The epoxy is poured over a mold to make a vanity. A Revitalized Bath & Kitchen’s Coating actually bonds better to the surface, when performing countertop refinishing, than the material that it was originally made of. Our Coating is a “hotter” finish than epoxy, meaning it chemically melts and bonds to the surface of the vanity.
Q: What makes your finish last longer than your competitor’s finish?
A: All of our coatings are exclusive to our company. Our finishes are heat resistant up to 425 degrees. Brand-new formica is only heat resistant up to 275 degrees. After curing, our finishes are resistant to nearly all household chemicals, with the exception of hydrogen peroxide, straight bleach, and ammonia, which can discolor brand new Formica, and stain our finish after countertop resurfacing.
Q: What makes your coating stick to my porcelain fixtures (bathtubs and sinks)?
A: When we perform bathtub refinishing on your porcelain fixtures, we go through a complete preparation process that is exclusive to A Revitalized Bath & Kitchen. First, the fixture is cleaned with a four-step cleaning, process that removes residues, body oils, and silicone deposits. Next, we use a special bonding agent, which costs about $60 for a two-ounce bottle. This is an important treatment because your porcelain fixtures go through many temperature changes every day. Bathtubs and sinks go from very cold to very hot temperatures in a matter of minutes. Besides the bonding agent, our urethane coatings are more elastic than epoxies, allowing them to expand and contract more easily with the fixture.
Q: How do your urethane coatings compare to epoxies?
A: Many refinishers have switched from epoxies to urethanes in the past few years because urethanes have more elasticity than epoxies. Also, urethanes are more heat resistant and less apt to chip, making them a better choice for countertop refinishing, tile recoloring, and bathtub resurfacing. If you look at the bottom of the bowl of most cultured-marble sinks, nine times out of ten, you’ll find hairline cracks. This is because epoxies don’t have the ability to stretch like urethanes. Running hot and cold water can cause epoxies to crack. With a urethane coating, you won’t have this problem.
Q: How long must I wait before using my refinished surface?
A: After tile reglazing, bathtub refinishing, and kitchen countertop refinishing, you must wait 24 hours before allowing water to contact refinished items. All of our finishes actually take one week to fully cure. Therefore, you need to refrain from using chemical cleaners, other than mild soaps, shampoos, etc. Generally speaking, wait 24 hours after the tile, countertop or bathtub refinishing job is complete before you use your finished services.
Q: Will I need to move out of my house while the job is being done?
A: Most jobs will take 5 hours or less to complete, so the inconvenience is minimal. However, no one (including pets) should be in the residence or in the work area for the first four hours after completion of the bathtub, tile or countertop refinishing job. Also, due to the complications that can arise, pregnant women and person with respiratory or cardiovascular problems should not return to the residence within 24 hours of the refinishing job.
Q: How do I clean and care for the refinished surface?
A: For the first week after countertop, bathtub or tile reglazing, the fixture should be treated very gently. For the first week, clean the item with only mild soap and water. Never use abrasive cleaners because they’ll remove the protective coating from the finish and diminish the life of the item. Also, avoid spilling hydrogen peroxide on a refinished item because it will stain. Also avoid using straight bleach, treat it like you would a piece of fine wood, by polishing it with lemon oil.
Q: What kind of guarantee can I expect?
A: Each distributor has their own guarantee for tile resurfacing, kitchen countertop resurfacing and bathtub refinishing and has to be contacted directly to ask about their guarantee. However, in some cases certain conditions may cause the warranty to vary. Any guarantee is dependent upon the homeowner or customer following all maintenance recommendations after the completion of the job.
Q: Will there be overspray all over the work area?
A: Our spray equipment is unique in that it uses less than six pounds of pressure. It’s known as HVLP (high velocity, low pressure) because it releases a large amount of coating with very little air pressure. The amount of air pressure is similar to that of an aerosol spray. So, very little air means very little overspray. You may encounter some overspray dust during tile, bathtub, or countertop resurfacing.
Q: Are there items that should not be refinished and why?
A: We don’t recommend refinishing gas ranges or kitchen sinks, and like to stick with countertop refinishing, tile recoloring, and bathtub resurfacing. Gas ranges must endure heat up to 425 degrees, which is the maximum temperature our coating can withstand. Also, our coating was not designed to endure the constant abuse a kitchen sink receives from the banging of pots and pans against its surface. We don’t like to refinish anything that we cannot guarantee unconditionally, so we avoid these two items.
Q: Should you, the refinisher, be the first contractor in the residence?
A: Yes and no. We usually are the last contractor in, with the exception of the wallpaper hangers. As a general rule, it’s not a good idea to use our chemicals around new wallpaper. Many of these chemicals can cause the ink in the paper to become discolored. Further, it’s not a good idea to use masking tape on newly papered walls because it can tear and cause blemishes, which can cost a fortune to fix. If we’re working around fresh paint, please have a can of paint handy in case we need to do any touchups.