Refinishing Tile: A Cost-Effective Way to Modernize an Old Bathroom

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When one is “blessed” with a bathroom from the 1950s, complete with pastel-colored tiles (peach? teal? fading yellow? ), they have two choices. Accept it or get ready to remodel. The third option, reglazing tile, tubs, and sinks, can be just as eye-catching as a complete renovation without the added time and cost. 

Possibly known to you by a different name: Reglazing is also referred to as resurfacing, refinishing, or even painting (although this last term isn’t used officially). But the process is the same: After a professional visits your house and cleans the tile, sink, or tub, they are then covered with an enamel and the space is immediately transformed.

Reglazing can help you save money if you need a long-term fix or a temporary fix. Additionally, the technique is rather easy to use: Professionals will acid-etch the tiles to remove the sheen and then chemically clean the surface to get rid of any lingering oil and grease in order to make sure that the enamel sticks to the tiles being reglazed. Before they can be painted once more, tiles must be thoroughly cleaned and gently sanded. The surfaces will then receive three to four coats of high-gloss enamel by spray. The requirement for a matte appearance can’t be satisfied since porous tiles would quickly show stains.

The fact that the new liquid enamel coating is sprayed on might have made you uneasy, but rest assured that this is the best way to get a faultless sheen. The grout and tile will look uniform because they have both been enameled over (the enamel is just a few millimeters thick, so the grooves won’t be filled in).  After the restroom has been reglazed, you must give it at least 12 hours before using it once more. A reglazing project could be finished in one day. After that, your grandma’s old bathtub won’t be around for very long.



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