Frequently asked questions about Bathtub Refinishing

How much will I save with bathtub refinishing as opposed to replacement?
How long does bathtub refinishing process take?
How long will my bath tub last?
Does Beautiful Finishes offer a warranty or guarantee?
How do I care for and clean my refinished bathtub?
Will my refinished bathtub look like it has been painted?
Will my refinished bathtub smell like it was painted?
What other surfaces does Beautiful Finishes refinish?
Will Refinishing work on my kitchen countertops?
What colors does Beautiful Finishes offer?
Does Beautiful Finishes repair cracks, chips, and scratches in my bathtub?
What is the difference between bathtub refinishing and bathtub liners?
What makes Beautiful Finishes different from other refinishing companies?
How does Beautiful Finishes refinishing process differ from other competitors?
What is acid etching?
Can you refinish a tub that has been already refinished?
A tub that has been lined, can you refinish?

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How much will I save with bathtub refinishing as opposed to replacement?
Refinishing your bathtub with Beautiful Finishes will save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars over bathtub replacement. While a brand new bathtub may only cost $300, there can often be several hidden costs to replacement such as removal and disposal cost, plumbing alterations, and tile work. These costs add up, and you can easily end up spending nearly $2,500 to replace your bath tub. The cost of refinishing varies depending on the size of your tub. See our Bathtub Refinishing page for more info.
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How long does the bathtub refinishing process take?
Our refinishing process typically only takes 4-5 hours to complete. Your bathtub will usually be ready within another 4-5 hours after that, depending on factors like ambient temperatures and humidity. Why wait days or even weeks for a contractor to replace your bathtub when you can get the same results in only 8-10 hours?
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How long will my bathtub last?
The durability of a bathtub refinished by Beautiful Finishes is very similar to that of a brand new bathtub. If properly maintained and no abrasive chemicals are used for cleaning it will last you many years just as a brand new bathtub would.
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Does Beautiful Finishes offer a warranty or guarantee?
Beautiful Finishes offers an industry leading 5 year written guarantee for all of our work. Most refinishing companies offer industry-standard warranties which are pro-rated, meaning that the warranty's coverage decreases incrementally over time. Unlike these warranties, our guarantee covers 100% of any defects in workmanship or materials throughout the entire life of the guarantee. Visit our Guarantee vs. Warrantee page for more info.
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How do I care for and clean my refinished bathtub?
Refinished bathtubs are often easier to clean than the original product. Make sure you use mild, non-abrasive cleaning products. Just as with a new bathtub, the finish or shine can be dulled by abrasive cleaners.
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Will my refinished bathtub look like it has been painted?
This is a common myth in the bathtub refinishing industry. Your bathtub will not look like it was painted, since the material we use is more like a coating than a paint. In fact, our technicians pride themselves on the fact that it is quite difficult for an untrained eye to tell the difference between a brand new bathtub and one that has been refinished by Beautiful Finishes.
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Will my refinished bathtub smell like it has been painted?
Our technicians come equipped with full ventilation systems to expunge the fumes that do naturally occur with the use of solvents. Although you may notice a slight odor after we are finished, this typically is gone in a few hours.
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What other surfaces does Beautiful Finishes refinish?
Besides bathtubs, Beautiful Finishes offers a wide variety of refinishing services for almost any surface in your bathroom or kitchen, including: Tile, Sinks, Cabinets, Countertops and Appliances .
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Will refinishing work on my kitchen countertops?
Our refinishing process works on a variety of countertop surfaces, including laminates, formica, tile, and cultured marble. It also saves you money; with our Stone-Flecks™ imitation stone finishing system, you can have that natural-stone look for a fraction of the cost of actual stone!
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What colors does Beautiful Finishes offer?
Beautiful Finishes offers a wide variety of factory-ready colors. And with our custom color-matching technology, we can match the color of your other bathroom fixtures or you can request a color of your own!
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Does Beautiful Finishes repair cracks, chips, and scratches in my bathtub?
Our technicians will fill in any chips or other imperfections in your bathtub or other surface prior to the refinishing process, making your damaged porcelain, acrylic, or fiberglass surface as good as new.
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What is the difference between bathtub refinishing and bathtub liners?
Unlike our bathtub refinishing process, which is done on-site and in one day, bathtub liners are manufactured off-site as one-piece, heat-molded units that are inserted over your original bathtub or shower surface and then "glued" in place with adhesive caulk. Bathtub liners leave spaces between the liner and the original surface where moisture can condense and stagnate. Cracks in the liner can occur, releasing moisture and lead to unsanitary conditions. With our Thermofuse 5000™ process, the new finish, through a molecular bonding action, becomes a permanent part of the old fixture. Refer to our bathtub refinishing vs. bathtub liners page for more info.
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What makes Beautiful Finishes different from other refinishing companies?
Beautiful Finishes was established in 1975, giving us over 30 years of professional refinishing experience! We only use the highest quality materials in our refinishing process, and our work is backed by our industry-leading 5 year guarantee! Refer to our Beautiful Finishes vs. competitors page for more info.
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How does Beautiful Finishes refinishing process differ from other competitors?
Some refinishing companies take "short cuts" and like to skip the etching and priming stages of the refinishing process. Industry wide studies and laboratory testing have shown that etching is a critical step in the process in order to maximize adhesion and give the finished product the longest-lasting durability possible. Plus, our Thermofuse 5000™ process has the most proven track record in the industry. Visit our refinishing process page for more info.
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What is acid etching?
Etching porcelain to maximize adhesion is an integral part of the successful refinishing process and provides superior service life for your refinished fixtures. Some companies promote an "acid free" process as a marketing tool, portraying etching as unsafe. Beautiful Finishes employs a stabilized etching solution that becomes neutralized during the cleaning process and will not harm any surrounding surfaces. Visit our Refinishing process page for more info.
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Can you refinish a tub that has been already refinished?
Yes, a tub that has been refinished before can be refinished again. Beautiful Finishes will strip and clean the tub before we refinish it so the old coatings are removed.
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A tub that has been lined, can you refinish?
A tub that has liners over it can be refinished. Beautiful Finishes will remove the liner and then refinish the original bathtub.
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