Surface Type ⇔ ACRYLICS
Like most other surfaces, Acrylics have their pros and cons. Some of the positive aspects are that acrylic surfaces have a smooth finish, offer good heat retention, and are non-porous. On the other hand, acrylics can also be quite soft, which enables the surface to scratch easily.
Acrylics have another downside, which is that the product itself has very little reinforcement and can feel flimsy, causing the bottom of bathtubs and shower floors to develop stress cracks over time. This is very common and very inconvenient.
Most acrylic bathtubs are just 5 foot rectangles, like porcelain tubs. However, some acrylic bathtubs are actually part of a one-piece wall unit. If your tub is a 5' rectangle and not part of a one-piece wall unit, the cost to refinish the tub is $350. If your tub is part of a one-piece wall unit, we will need to know the height and width of the walls to get you a bid for refinishing, because even though only the bathtub may need refinishing, the entire unit will have to be refinished if there is no caulk line between the tub and the walls.
If your acrylic bathtub is any other shape or size other than a 5 foot rectangle, we will need pictures and 3 measurements to get you a bid. When taking these measurements, do not dip down into the tub. Instead, just measure straight across the tub from front to back for length; side to side for width; and for the height, measure from the outside of the tub starting at the floor and go straight up vertically to the top of the tub. With pictures and these 3 measurements, we will be able to give you an accurate bid. The best pictures will include an overall image of the tub so that I can see how it sits in the room, as well as specific images of any damage (rust, chips, stains, cracks, pits).
Our pricing is based on a white or off-white finish, but if you want another color, you can choose from our solid color finishes. You'll notice there are no dark colors offered because we do not refinish in dark colors. That's because even in the semi-sterile environment we try to create, there are still minute dust particles that float through the air that can and will be seen on a dark surface.
If you don't need a special order color and are just trying to match the color to an existing toilet or countertop that is some variation of white or off-white, Jim has a great eye for color, and can tint the pure white color he starts with to get close to the color you're trying to match.
If you have a one-piece acrylic shower unit, the best way to spruce it up is to have it refinished, especially if the finish has gotten dull. Showers can be any size or shape, so we will need pictures, and measurements for the length and width of the shower walls, as well as the dimensions of the shower floor, in order to give you an accurate bid.
There are times when the walls of your shower still look good, but the acrylic floor you stand on looks really bad. That's no problem, because we can refinish just the shower floor without having to refinish the shower walls IF the shower and walls are not part of a one-piece unit. An easy way to tell that is to see if there is a caulk line separating the walls from the floor. If there is no caulk line, unfortunately the entire unit will have to be refinished, even if the damage is limited to the floor area. That's because there is no "stopping" spot, which would leave exposed edges around the floor that would be susceptible to lifting.
To get a quick bid, email pictures of your shower floor, including measurements, which usually range from 3x3 to 3x5, to the address at the top of this page.
We've been doing chip repair for homebuilders and homeowners across the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex for many years. From hammers dropping into tubs, to soap dishes and towel bars falling off the wall, chips can happen in homes under construction, in homes just built, and in homes lived in for years! There is a $125 minimum charge for chip repair.
Just because an acrylic bathtub or sink has chips, nicks, or scratches, it doesn't necessarily mean it has to be completely refinished. If the damage is located above the water line, it can be repaired.
If the damage is located below the water line, it can still be repaired, but not guaranteed. That's because a repair always has exposed edges that are susceptible to lifting when under water, especially if the damage is located near the drain area. In cases like this, we recommend refinishing, so the repair is sealed and the work can be guaranteed.