The materials we use were
formulated for the refinishing industry and have been proven
effective through years of use and experience. Our
warranty is NOT based on a HOPE that the surface will last.
It is supported by proof through long term application.
|Our Process In
Brief: First the surface is thoroughly
cleaned with industrial cleaners to remove any soap
scum, mineral buildup etc. Then, any chips, holes,
cracks and damaged areas are repaired and filled with
special fillers to make the surface smooth and even. The
entire surface is sanded and then etched and primed with
a two part bonding agent to ensure an excellent bond
with the finish. Once fully prepared the surface is
sprayed with a high-tech acrylic coating that hardens to
form a new shiny surface that looks and feels like the
Details of our Process
The exact process varies somewhat on the type and condition
of the surface, but here are the essential steps involved.
0. The room is prepared with ventilation, and masking
applied to surfaces to ensure no damage or permanent
overspray on surfaces not being refinished.
Ventilation is by a ducted exhaust, providing a rapid
removal of fumes from the space for safety reasons. It
is advised that all valuables be removed from the room ahead
of time to help ensure no accidental loss or damage occurs.
1. The surface is thoroughly cleaned to remove any
soap and dirt residue and any mineral build up or other
2. The porcelain surface is sanded and etched with a
strong acid. Acid etch is skipped by some
refinishers as it is hazardous and not something that should
be performed by inexperienced or untrained applicators.
But this step is required to create the best possible bond.
Fiberglass surfaces are simply prepared using abrasives since acid
is not effective on plastic type surfaces.
3. Any chips or cracks in the surface are repaired
using fillers, or fiberglass resin in the case of a
fiberglass fixture. These repairs are sanded to a
smooth even finish.
4. Next we apply a two part bonding agent. This
step is also often skipped by other applicators, or used
instead of the etching step. Some times a "primer" is
used by other companies as the only bond promoter available
to them. Our specially formulated bonding agent
penetrates the surface and bonds chemically with the surface
and our coating, providing a strong and permanent bond
between the old surface and the new coating. This
bonding agent is so effective that etching, as in step 2
above, is technically an optional step, however we etch all
porcelain surfaces AND use our boding agent to maximize
the durability and permanence of our coating.
5. The top coat we apply is a two part material that
includes a catalyst. The standard colors are white and
almond but you can order any a custom color you want ahead of time. Once applied, the
coating cures to a very had finish within 48 hours, and
reaches full hardness in about a week. We suggest
being gentle the first week while the coating is still
reaching a full cure. There are additives we can use
that significantly speed up the curing process, but these
are used on an as-needed or requested basis. If you
need to use the surface the same day, tell this to the sales
person or technician and he will modify the coating for a
The result is a smooth porcelain-like finish that is hard
Masking is removed either immediately, or where removal
might cause damage to the surface, left for later removal
when the surface has cured.
A care and maintenance
sheet is normally left at the site. This sheet should
be followed to maximize the life of the surface and to honor
the conditions of our warranty.
We are happy to answer any questions about the process.
Give us a call.