Tile Refinishing: A Cheap Upgrade for an Old Bathroom

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One has two options if they are “blessed” with a 1950s bathroom with pastel-colored tiles (peach? teal? fading yellow?). Either accept it or prepare to remodel. Reglazing tile, tubs, and sinks is a third option that could be just as alluring as a total restoration but requires less time and money. 

You might know me by a different name: Other words for reglazing include resurfacing, refinishing, and even painting; however, the latter is not used in official situations. However, the procedure is the same: A professional cleans the tiles, sink, and bathtub in your home; when they are enameled, the room is immediately transformed.

If you need a short or long-term remedy, reglazing could help you save money. The technique is also very simple to use: To ensure that the enamel adheres to the tiles being reglazed, experts will acid-etch the tiles to remove the sheen and then chemically clean the surface to eliminate any lingering grease and oil. Tiles must be painstakingly cleaned and sanded before they can be painted once more. After that, three to four coats of high-gloss enamel will be sprayed over the surfaces. Porous tiles cannot meet the demand for a matte appearance since they will reveal stains very rapidly.

Don’t worry; this is the greatest method to achieve a flawless gloss. You might have been concerned that the new liquid enamel coating is sprayed on. Because both the grout and the tile have been enameled over (the enamel is only a few millimeters thick, so the grooves won’t be filled in), they will both appear uniform.  You must wait at least 12 hours after the restroom has been reglazed before using it again. It might only take one day to finish reglazing a window. After that, not even your grandmother’s old bathtub will be left behind.



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