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Process

 

Bath Re-Enamelling Process

 

An extremely advanced system of restoring enamel glaze on worn or damaged baths by use of state-of-the-art resurfacing technology.

 

The process can be carried out with the bath plumbed in and taps and drain fitted. So if your bath is already in place – we leave it exactly where it is!

Procedure

 

The basic procedure has 10 steps:

  • Thorough cleaning of old surface
  • Heating and drying of old surface
  • Masking surrounding areas
  • Repair of chips, rusting and pitting
  • Room preparation (dust sheeting, ventilation, dust retardation etc.)
  • Adhesion promotion (two separate applications)
  • Re-coating (three applications)
  • Unmasking
  • Polishing (if necessary)
  • Quality check
Final appearance

Deep gloss, “wet look” finish. All highlights brought to a clean shine.

 

Chemical resistance

Much more chemically resistant than original bath enamel to mild acid cleaners. Also resistant to alcohol, limescale remover, bath salts and bubble bath.

 

Abrasion resistance

Very hard and excellent under normal conditions but can lose glossy shine over a long period of time if abraded with cream cleaners such as “Vim” and “Handy Andy” or if scoured with Abrasive pads or pan cleaners.

 

Surface flexibility

Designed to absorb and disperse shock and impact.

 

Adhesion

Adhesion is a critical aspect of vitreous enamel restoration. For maximum durability we employ two separate adhesion systems. One operates specifically on the glazed areas of the bath and the other operates on the porous areas and also provides a waterproof barrier to protect the entire bonding stage.

 

The bond is heat and water resistant to prevent separation between the old and the new surfaces.

 

Coating

Dual level, synthetic enamel. A foundation of densely pigmented enamel overcomes discolouration in the old enamel and provides a uniform colour. Its strength is achieved by curing short chain polymers. A clear glaze floats on enamel foundation to provide excellent cosmetic appearance.

 

Application

Hot Spray.

 

Any colour
Cleanability

Very easy to wipe clean with liquid detergents. Should be cleaned regularly to prevent scum build-up. If scum build-up is apparent, mild acid-based spray cleaners such as “Sunlight liquid” can be used to break it up.

 

The best method to clean the new surface is to put some ‘Sunlight liquid’ in a spray bottle and mist it on to the bath surface, then leave it for five minutes before wiping clean with a cloth. This surface can also be cleaned with very mild abrasive polishes such as ‘Brasso’, if it is badly stained.

 

Application time

Varies depending on many factors. Usually two to four hours.

 

Hardening time

Normally 24 hours.

 

Performance

Surface will operate in boiling water but tests show that extended surface life is possible at lower temperatures. Continuous immersion such as a hollow in the bath surface that never drains can weaken the surface just as it would damage the original. If this is the situation, the angle of the bath should be adjusted so that the bath drains fully. The most permanent solution to rust around the waste pipe is to take the new enamel over the chrome preventing moisture and oxygen from continuing the corrosion.

 

Surface life

The surface life varies with environmental conditions. Under optimum environmental conditions a surface life of approximately 15 years or more is expected.