What are some tips for tile and tub reglazing?


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Tips for reglazing bathtubs and tiles include fixing all loose tiles and ensuring all surfaces have been properly cleaned and thoroughly dried before applying a primer, undercoat or glaze. Filling and sanding any chips, cracks and other damaged surfaces optimizes bond strength. Remove grout that is beginning to show its age and re-grout all tiles before reglazing. Covering and masking surfaces adjacent to the tub or tile minimizes cleanup.

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While reglazing is a common term, tiles and ceramic surfaces are only refinished rather than glazed. This process improves the appearance of older tiles and provides surfaces with increased protection and durability. Refinishing ceramic tiles and bathtubs requires specialized tools and resources such as primers, bonding agents, clear finishes and top coats. Simple spray-on enamel and roll-on epoxy products are unable to provide the best results. Refinishing ceramic surfaces often requires far less expense than removing and replacing old tiles or tubs.

All oils, dirt and soap residue must be completely removed before refinishing surfaces. The look and finish of resurfaced tile often differs from the original. This is especially true of porcelain tile, which is fired at thousands of degrees within a kiln to achieve its original finish. Refinished tile surfaces are non-porous and are better able to resist mold, mildew and dirt deposits.

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