There are two factors which comprise the difference between a bath resurfaced professionally and one resurfaced poorly: materials and equipment. At Shire Bath Re-enamelling Ltd, we only use the best. Anything less would not achieve the high quality finish we demand. Our supply of materials comes from one of the UK's leading industrial coatings companies. They have been established for over twenty years and have always been at the forefront of material development in the re-enamelling industry.
Our bath resurfacing system is superior to that used by most enamellers. The initial bonding agent we use has its origins in the dental industry, where it was developed for the bonding of substrates to enamel teeth. This can now be applied to bath surfaces. This agent creates such a high level of adhesion that the two substrates become intrinsically fused together. Having spent eight years using the best of the rest in the re-enamelling trade, I whole heartedly proclaim this method to be the best.
The question could be asked "why then don't all the other companies use it, and why let on what gives our system the edge over all the others?". Here I can quote Sir Richard Branson, "..even when you tell others how you do certain things, most of them aren't going to bother to put in the time and energy it takes to make it work". This resurfacing process is the best - the bath surface will stay looking good for longer. As such, it requires more time, more effort and more cost. To be honest if other re-enamellers started to use it I would consider this only to be a good thing for the resurfacing trade.
After the initial bonding agent has been applied, a layer of interface is sprayed on. This takes 15 minutes to dry, and is then lightly sanded. Now we test that the whole bath has sufficient bonding. If any areas are not primed correctly, the interface will not sand, but will instead wipe off. These areas will then be cleaned and recoated, ensuring that every inch of enamel is prepared.
Before the top coat is applied it is tinted to match the basin and toilet. This is a vital step in the process of bath resurfacing. Often customers assume white is white, but enamels over the years have been tinted by manufacturers in varying shades. The majority of enamel fixtures in todays market have a small amount of red and black. Adding these slight tints helps to keep the bathroom suite looking as one.
The topcoat is applied with a high volume low pressure compressor. This creates the optimum atomization of the resurfacing material, spreading it evenly and finely. Four coats are put on to reach a sufficient depth. Advanced spraying techniques ensure that all areas are coated with enough material, and a keen eye and a patient hand make sure the final finish of the resurfaced bath is of the highest quality.
The newly re-enamelled bath then takes about 30 minutes to become dry to touch. Then the masking is removed, sealant reapplied and the bathroom returned to its former state, except now it has a glowing brand new resurfaced bath. The bath needs to be left 24 hours for the material to cure and then it can be back in use.