DO NOT use the tub, shower or sink for 24 hours after job completion. Staying outside of the area prevents unnecessary dust or dirt from falling into the wet surface. Even using exhausts I am not spraying in a spray booth, it is impossible to avoid some degree of dust or dirt particles from falling into the finish, pet hair is common in households with animals. Any dirt or dust that lands in the finish will cause a rough point in the reglazed surface. Although the refinished bathtub can be used after this time, the surface will require up to 90 days to fully cure. I return after initial drying of the urethane to complete a final polish and detail of the refinished surface to minimize these minor imperfections. Home owners can assist curing of the finish following this guide.
1. During the refinishing process, masking tape was used, which will protect other surfaces during the drying and curing, but which can be easily removed by the customer. Remove this masking tape after the initial down time, but within one week after the designated down time. Care should be taken removing from wallpaper or painted surface, remove the masking slowly and carefully. When removing the masking from around the drain area, be careful not to break the seal around the drain shoe. Any glaze which is left on the surface of the drain shoe can be carefully removed with a razor blade or knife.
2. PLEASE NOTE: All newly refinished surfaces will have some surface dust which will have settled into the new surface. Do not be alarmed. The surface is still within its long term cure period, normal use and regular cleaning will remove all minor surface debris imperfections.
4. Clean the finish regularly with soap and sponge. Be sure to towel dry surface. Do not use a rubber mat or anything else with suction cups. Most mats will produce a reaction with the new surface when subjected to hot water.
5. Destruction of the finish may occur through the improper use of acid bearing chemicals, such as drain openers or tile and grout cleaners. All chemicals must be kept away from the finish. These chemicals include but are not limited to, cosmetics, hair dyes, and perfumes, which stain and mar the finish. The introduction of any of these chemicals onto the finish would be considered neglect and possibly void any warranty.
6. Don’t use any abrasive cleaners on or near the refinished surface. Your new, glossy finish is easily cleaned with any mild liquid cleaner. The following cleaners are approved for use: Fantastic, 409, Lysol Tub & Tile and Scrubbing Bubbles.
7. Scrubbing pads, such as Scotch Brite or similar pads, will scratch the new surface. Use a sponge that can be used on Teflon.
8. Avoid dropping sharp or heavy objects on the finish.
9. Faucets must be maintained by owner and user, to protect the new surface. Leaky faucets will erode the new finish, causing it to crack and wear out prematurely.
10. Don’t use a rubber mat or anything else with suction cups. Most mats will produce a reaction with the new surface when subjected to hot water.
11. Don’t use Soft Scrub, Comet, Ajax, or SOS Pads. NO ABRASIVES AT ALL! they will damage all newly refinished surfaces. Clean easily with any of the cleaners indicated above and a soft sponge.
12. Do not pick surface dust off with your finger. Any surface dust will likely dissipate in 3-4 weeks with normal cleaning and usage.
13. Do not allow workers to stand in a reglazed tub with their shoes on. Have them remove shoes and put a soft towel down.
14. Don’t leave any bottles, spray cans, wet cloths or bar soap on the surface for more than 24 hours. (Rust from shaving cans will damage the surface.)
15. Don’t wash any pets in tub or sink.
16. Do not expose the surface to extreme heat. Keep hot objects away from refinished item.
17. Do not drag or drop any objects on the finish, even on a drop sheet or board. this may cause it to chip, scrape or mar the finish.
18.. Do not use refinished surface to clean brushes or any painting related chemicals or materials. Keep harsh chemicals away from the surface. Don’t clean or store sharp or abrasive items on the surface.
18. Use liquid soap or body washes as they rinse away easily with water and help prevent soap residue.
19. Maintain caulking. Caulking or grouting is not warranted.
20. Make sure the room is well ventilated to speed up the curing process
21. Fill holes or gaps in any grout or caulking in your shower.
22. Keep the surface clean and free of wetness for extended periods.
23. Call me to repair any chips. Chips are man made and will result in water getting under the finish. This will not be covered under the warranty if not repaired immediately. There is a minimum $65 chip repair charge.
24. We recommend you wax your refinished surface two weeks after it is done and once every 1-3 months ongoing. Use regular auto wax and DO NOT use a high-speed buffer. Start by thoroughly cleaning the surface then gently wiping dry. Apply a light thin coat of wax with a damp cloth using a circular motion. Wipe excess wax with a soft cotton towel.
If you treat your new surface with respect, clean it regularly and follow the guidelines, your bathtub, tiles, surrounds, and sinks will stay shiny and bright for many years to come.