Finding a refinisher can be confusing. If you make a poor choice you could be in for some rough water. We end us refinishing a lot of tubs and counters that are peeling or are streaked. These surfaces may not have been prepared correctly, short cuts might have been taken or an inferior coating was used. Here are some characteristics to look for in a professional reglazer:
Experience: Refinishing is a skill. 5 years of experience is a good amount.
Quality materials: Like cooking, quality materials are very important. When refinishers us less expensive materials you may save $10 – $25 on a tub, but there is a good chance the finish won’t last. Poor quality materials have a tendency to chip or even peel. We get calls all the time from customers who saved a buck or two but then were faced with having the piece refinished in a year or two. A tub that has been refinished with good quality materials will last 10 years or more if cared for properly.
Workspace preparation: Overspray prevention and proper ventilation should be at the top of this list. Overspray is where bits of the coating find there way to your walls. This may not be a problem if the coating and the walls are white, but any other combination and the problem will stick out like a sore thumb. Make sure your technician thoroughly masks the area and is very skilled with the spray gun. Ventilation is very important for both you and the operator. Some companies us a box fan in a window; this is not good enough! Make sure the technician will properly ventilate with a powerful exhaust system that pulls in fresh air and exhausts into the outdoors. This will keep your home relatively odor free.
Warranty: You want a written warranty. Don’t just rely on the word of the person who wants to make a sale. A written warranty helps ensure you get a good finished project.