Bath Restoration FAQ
Check here first for answers to your questions about bath resurfacing. If you would like to know anything more about our services then please use the contact form at the bottom of the page to get in touch.
How long will the work take?
All work is completed on the day. The bath requires 24 hours after being re-enamelled to cure before use.
Before use wash the bath down with warm water. On the day of the bath being re-enamelled, please make sure no other trades people are in the bathroom. You will be invoiced once the job is completed we accept payment by BACs or cheque. If you’d be so kind, tea is with 2 sugars, and a little milk.
What type of guarantee will the new surface have?
Each resurfaced bath, shower tray or bathroom sink comes with a 3 year guarantee. This guarantee covers any fault relating to workmanship or the quality of the new surface. We’re here to help and we want our customers to be happy.
What cleaners can be used?
The cleaning of the re-enamelled surface is very easy. I recommend using Ecover non scratch cream cleaner. Most modern day cleaners i.e Mr Muscle or Cif, will work just fine. The cleaners to avoid are the old style gritty cleaners such as Jif powder, these act as abrasives and are somewhat to blame for the deterioration of the original enamel. If you live in an area that has hard water, stick to the Ecover cleaner and the occasional use of a kitchen sponge with the green pad.
A lady in Ham , West London, for whom I had resurfaced two baths , called up concerned that the hard water marks which were present before having the cast iron bath resurfaced, were starting to show back through. Impossible I thought, seeing how they were sanded off before the bath was re-enamelled. So I went to examine the bath and found the marks were that of new stains, on top of the surface, again caused by the hard water. A bottle of Ecover cleaner and a kitchen pad were at hand, and within a few minutes the marks were gone and all was well.
Can I wash the dog in the new bath?
I wash mine! , he stands there, gets washed and then jumps out and I have not had any problems. However washing pets is not covered by the product guarantee.
What if I'm having my bathroom tiled?
If you are having the bathroom tiled, it is best to get the new tiles fitted before having the bath re-enamelled. This way we avoid any tiles or tools being dropped on to the new bath. Have the grouting work completed but not the sealant. We can remove and replace the sealant for you.
Baking and Polishing
Baking the applied coating accelerates the curing process of the material using an infrared heating lamp, the materials are dry to the touch in 20 minutes. Normally, without this process, this can take up to 24 hours before being polished. However, by using a heat lamp this time is reduced to 40 minutes.
When the surface is cured it can be lightly sanded and then polished. The polishing is done by using 2000 grade polishing pads, this helps to remove any pieces of lint or specks of dust that may have settled on the surface during the re-surfacing process. The bath is then further polished using polishing Creams (we prefer to use 3M products). This increases the shine and makes the surface particularly smooth.
The reason that we do this is because; whilst the surface is still soft for the first 20 minutes after being applied, any lint or specks of dust that may be in the air that happened to settle on the bath, will feel slightly rough once the surface is fully dried.
As part of a regular job we take every step and precaution to eliminate any specs from landing on the surface, but as these are often so small there will inevitably be a few that find their way onto the surface. Most of our customers do not find this to be a problem, but there are some who don’t mind paying the extra for this service to guarantee an extra silky finish across the entire coating.