Refinishing Process

refinishing process

Our refinishing technicians are actually part Designer, part Chemist, part Specialty Painter, and part Artisan. We use the best refinishing products available in the world, only the highest quality products, with the goal of giving the customer a new bathtub surface that will look beautiful for generations.

The bathtub refinishing process is highly detailed, and requires professional training and equipment. Our chemicals are designed only for use by our professionals who are trained in their proper use. The basic stages of bathtub refinishing are listed below:


Your existing bathtub will be professionally cleaned with specialized industrial cleaners. Some of these products will actually break down the original surface, in preparation of receiving a brand new finish. All dirt, soap scum, detergents, dyes, and other contaminants will be removed. The existing plumbing fixtures and drain will be specially prepared for the process.

Surrounding tile walls will be prepared, if they are to be refinished. The original caulk line on the bathtub, which is often mildewed, will be removed. Any pits, chips, or other damage to the original bathtub surface will be repaired using specialty products designed for these surfaces.

Your bathroom will be masked off, which protects surfaces that were not meant to be refinished. Masking off your bathroom also minimizes dust, to ensure a pristine refinished surface. Air registers and dampers in the bathroom will be shut off and masked. Special lighting and ventilation equipment will be set up in the bathroom. A non-slip surface may be installed at this time, if ordered by the customer.

Staples Tub Services performs a variety of Bathtub Refinishing Systems, and your Bathtub Refinishing Professional will know which one is best for you. Color, gloss, return to service time, and type of bathroom fixture use will all determine the best product for you.

Your new surface will be applied in a surface prep phase, a bonding/priming phase, and a topcoat phase. All of these phases may require several application steps. Much of this work must take place in a sealed room, performed by trained personnel wearing protective equipment, and as such, you should NEVER enter a room where a refinishing process is taking place, unless escorted by a refinishing professional. Many of the products used are applied by special spray equipment, to ensure a beautiful, durable, high gloss finish.


Your Bathtub Refinishing Professional will remove his equipment, and check the surface. Cure times for the products, also known as return-to-service times, may vary depending on the type of system used. Your Bathtub Refinishing Professional will discuss this with you ahead of time. Your bathtub will now look as shiny and beautiful as the day it was first installed. An anti-slip bathmat may be installed at this time, if ordered. Bathroom surfaces will be unmasked, and a new bathtub caulk seam may be installed at this time. The plumbing and drain will be set for return to service at this time.

In one day, from start to finish, your bathtub will be transformed from an embarrassment to the centerpiece of your bathroom, with a new, high gloss, sparkling clean beautiful finish!