Craig's Refinishing Tips

Refinishing Advice for Bathtubs, Counters, Cabinets & More!

26. March 2013 19:41
by CMunro

To Replace or Repair a Bathtub?

26. March 2013 19:41 by CMunro | 0 Comments

That is THE bathtub refinishing question!

In an absolutely perfect world, replacing the bathtub is what we all would choose. Unfortunately, it's not quite that easy. The mess, time, and often BIG hassle to rip out a bathtub, simply to replace it because of a chip, crack, or fading finish may be not worth it. Unless a professional remodeling company is hired, but then you're looking a significant expense. If you go that road, be sure to check out how long have they have been in business, what is the warranty on the new bathtub, etc...

On the other hand, if you don't absolutely have to replace the tub (ie. you don't need to replace the plumbing, there's no water damage to the floor below the tub, etc...), then consider refinishing the bathtub, shower, sink, or even the tile.  We (as in Munro Products) have completed thousands of small chip repairs and refinished countless bathtubs, shower stalls, and tile surrounds of every shape and size imaginable, since 1972.

Yes, it can be repaired to an unnoticeable, like new condition, which can last the life of the bathtub...

25. March 2013 13:23
by CMunro

Kitchen Cabinet Refinishers

25. March 2013 13:23 by CMunro | 0 Comments

I would love to hear some stories on kitchen cabinet refinishing. I personally have tackled and completed many, from staining, re-staining, and painting.   Any way you do it, kitchen cabinet projects are labor intensive so my tip is “Charge Accordingly.”  For small kitchens, 12 to 18 doors and drawers, we start at a couple thousand.  Don’t short change yourself, as these projects take time.

How we do it is we mark and remove all doors and drawers, and then bring them to our warehouse where they are worked on and completed in a spray booth.  We usually are scheduled to return to the customer’s house a week to a week and a half later.  Two technicians will have a full day of prepping and spraying all the boxes.

Tip: When going from stained cabinets to a painted color, caulk everything.  Holes, seams, and any visible voids not properly filled really stand out making your job look less than professional. After priming, caulk some more. 

When re-staining cabinets if the customer doesn’t want to keep original stain we only go from light to dark stain using a lot of “wiping stains.” 

Tip: Let the stain dry for at least 24 hrs before applying the first coat of finish. 

Of course there are many steps in completing kitchen cabinet refinishing projects! Though very labor intensive, they also can be very profitable as well as a good way to expand your refinishing company.