Surface Pros prides its self on keeping up to date with the latest technology in the refinishing business.
1. When we arrive we will set up a high volume exhaust system to remove any excess fumes and odors. We start by cleaning the porcelain with heavy duty detergents.
2. Then we etch the porcelain with an acid compound. Some companies promote an "acid free" process as a marketing tool, portraying etching as unsafe. The acid used can burn the technician if proper care safety steps are not used, however the acid will not harm your plumbing and is no stronger than typical drain cleaners. Surface Pros also employs a chemical bonding agent that helps to fuse the coating to the porcelain.
3.The final step in the process is to apply an industrial grade Aliphatic Urethane, which when cured will be very high gloss, have a strong scratch resistance and will be resistant to most chemicals.
I know in the this industry some bathtub refinishing companies claim going green is just a matter of reducing our carbon foot print yet use solvent based products. Safely performed by a well trained bathtub refinishers like we have at the PBRA is using the latest safety solvent products is absolutely fine. There are also new green bathtubs refinishing methods being adapted to the industry using UV technology. The best articles on the web are actually written and researched by the PBRA. In order to develop our own Green method we had to do all the research before we began the development. Always wanting to stay up on the latest techniques in the refinishing industry the PBRA performed beta testing for this industry by the largest and leading manufacture in the UV industry. The PBRA has developed our own green methods of refinishing and will continue to release them as they become available.
All you have to do is turn on the television and you will see just about every industry trying to capitalize on the Going Green Craze. Is it necessary to go green? Is it fashionable? Is it politically correct or a combination of all three? As a professional bathtub refinishing organization that relies on the use of chemicals to perform our jobs we sometimes have to weigh performance against popularity. I’m sure many industries have to find a compromise to find that balance.
Bathtub refinishing is the best green remodeling alternative to replacing old fixtures with new ones. When compared to replacement refinishing the savings have always included saving money, time, trees, energy and the landfills. With green bathtub refinishing, old sound fixtures are refinished on site, thereby saving the landfills of more junk. It is interesting to note that more materials go to the landfills during a remodeling project than during new construction. Such materials or fixtures include porcelain and steel bathtubs, sinks, cabinets, bathtubs countertops, vanity tops, end up in landfills. Bathtub refinishing is a welcome alternative to replacing, since most attitudes towards landfills are "not in my neighborhood."