Posted: 11 January 2018
Looking to give your home a facelift? You’re not alone. In 2017, the average cost to remodel a bathroom peaked at just about $10,000.
Whether you’re looking to make a minor or major bathroom renovation this year, your head might already be spinning with different paint colors, toilet options, and tile preferences.
With that said, we’re here to show you how reglazing old features can help make your bathroom look good as new- at a fraction of the price.
Let’s get into achieving the bathroom makeover of your dreams!
What Exactly is Reglazing?
Maybe you’ve heard the term, but if you’re asking yourself “what is reglazing,” it helps to understand the refinishing process of the bathroom.
Reglazing, in many ways, is synonymous with the terms restoring, refinishing, and resurfacing.
In a nutshell, reglazing just means you are updating (rather than changing) existing materials.
For example, let’s say you have a tub that’s become porous and thin over the past decade. Maybe there are some chips and rust due to all the accumulated wear and tear.
Professional contractors can clean the surface, create a surface etching, and repair the existing blemishes. They can also prepare the tub for treatment by using a coating mask system and primer.
Finally, the professionals will spray the finishing coating, which can make for a brand new look.
Before booking any professionals, verify that the contractors are licensed and insured. Check reviews and ask for pictures of recent work to assure a standard level of satisfaction.
Remember, you are hiring someone to complete a valuable service for you and your family! You have every right to ask for references and ask questions about the process.
Can You Reglaze On Your Own?
You can, but it’s often best to leave the work to a professional contractor. While DIY glazing kits are available for less than $50, these products don’t have the same quality and technology as the professionals.
Like with most remodeling projects, the prep work can take up to 80% of the effort. DIY homeowners often risk not cleaning thoroughly enough. This makes it challenging for the paint coating to stick as efficiently as it needs to.
As a result, the finished product may not look as smooth and the coating may look more “painted on” rather than natural.
With that said, if money is very tight or if you’re generally handy around the home, you can follow the basics instructions for doing it yourself.
Reglazing On Your Own
If you opt to go the DIY route, you do risk having fewer color choices and could end up with a problematic finish. However, adhering to the following rules can help you master the project:
Find the right kit: You’ll want to obtain a complete kit that has everything you need for the project. The kit should include a cleaner, primer, sandpaper, refinishing paint, roller, brush, and a tray.
The best kits will use durable resin coating (these often cost more than some of the cheaper kits).
Be safe: Professionals know how to wear and use the right safety gear. You need to do the same to protect yourself from hazardous fumes coming into contact with your paint. Be sure to wear protective goggles, a mask, and gloves.
Complete the right steps: Protect the areas you won’t be refinishing with a plastic sheet or tarp. Sand down the tub surface and repair cracks before applying any primer.
Prepare the area: Use an exhaust fan to ventilate the bathroom. Strip the old bathtub surface by thoroughly sanding it.
Repair blemishes: Once you finish sanding the surface, check out the remaining surface. Repair any rust, chips, or cracks with waterproof, crack-repair products.
Apply the new finish: Allow the primer to dry before applying multiple coats of refinishing material. You must let the material dry between each layer and also before applying the sealing coat. After applying the top coat, you need to let the layers sit for a minimum of 24 hours before you can use the tub or shower.
When Should You Avoid Reglazing?
This process works well for old tubs, which are typically made with sturdier, higher-quality materials than newer products.
When in doubt, if you have an old tub with “some character to it,” you might be a great candidate for the refinishing process.
However, if you have a newer tub made with lower-quality materials, you might yield better results by just replacing it with a better model.
Also, if a tub is in really bad shape, it might not be an ideal candidate for the reglazing process, as it will not look good as new.
Finally, if you’re wanting extensive bathroom or home remodeling, you may want a tub that has more advanced features (whirlpool, jets, etc.), and refinishing will not be able to provide these elements.
What Else Do You Need to Know Before Getting Started?
Reglazing is a relatively simple and straightforward process, especially when you compare it to demolishing and creating a brand new shower or bath.
The procedure takes around 3 to 5 hours. Most of the time, you can use the shower or bath within 24 hours after completion.
The longevity is estimated to last around 5 years or more, depending on the condition of the tub and the professionals you hire.
Costs will range depending on size and labor, but you will be expected between $200-$900 for the project. Most people spend around $500 overall.
If you consider all the costs associated with replacing a tub or shower, this option is ideal- especially if you’d like to preserve the antique appeal of your current decor.
Reglazing is an excellent way to save serious money on bathroom renovation costs.
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