Renu A Bath | Resurfacing of Sanitary ware and Tiles

By: Renu A Bath  11-11-2011
Keywords: Baths, basins, Coats


Materials used

We only use materials developed and manufactured in South Africa. This ensures that we cater for local conditions and other anomalies which may creep in when foreign materials are used.


The resurfacing process consists of four phases namely: preparation, spraying, quality control and curing.

During the preparation phase the team will:
  • assess the job;
  • mask areas that shouldn’t be sprayed;
  • remove old paint from previous resurfaced jobs (if applicable);
  • clean all the surfaces to be resurfaced;
  • fill small holes and cracks with a special compound;
  • remove any bits of rust;
  • apply rust converter to areas that may be prone to future rusting;
  • remove all silicone on areas that are to be resurfaced, and replace it with grout if required;
  • sand down areas to be resurfaced;

The spraying phase consists of a number of iterations of spraying and drying. Normally all surfaces will receive 5 coats of paint, but in cases where colour changes occur, it may be more. The first coat is applied as a single coat, and subsequent coats as double coats. In between each coating, time is allowed for the paint to dry. A fan is sometimes used to speed up the drying process.

During the quality control phase the team ensures that:
  • proper coverage of the surface was achieved;
  • there are no runs, bubbles, pin-holes, orange-peel or burns;
  • all the masking is removed, except those on taps, shower heads and spouts.

The curing phase is probably the most important phase. The customer is required to keep the room closed for a minimum period of 24 hours to prevent dust, bugs and other foreign materials from entering and settling on the resurfaced areas. It is also very important to prevent water from getting onto the resurfaced areas during this drying period. After 24 hours the rest of the masking can be removed by the customer, and the treated surfaces washed with a washcloth and dishwashing liquid before it is used.


Q How safe is the process and materials?

A We do make use of thinners during the spraying phase of our operation, and the fumes of this may be harsh to people and pets with asthma or sensitive lungs. This smell normally dissipates after 2 hours, depending on the size of the area that is resurfaced, so we suggest that sensitive customers vacate the premises during the spraying phase, and return later. Our workers wear protective gear during all phases of the operation, and masks during the spraying phase.

Q I am busy renovating my bathroom. When should you come in?

A We prefer to be the last contractor in your bathroom. Plumbers and tilers may drop tools or tiles into your newly resurfaced bath and cause it to chip. Also, other contractors like carpenters may cause dust which can settle on the resurfaced surfaces. It is therefore best to bring us in last, and keep other contractors away from the bathroom and adjacent areas for at least 24 hours.

Q Can you do acrylic baths, or can this only be done on steel baths?

A We certainly do acrylic baths and basins. The preparation process is a bit different, but the result is the same.

Q Can baths/basins/toilets/tiles be done in colour?

A Certainly, we can do any colour you like. If you want it the same colour as it is currently, we can match it. If you want a different colour, you can choose any colour at your hardware store, and just give us the brand name and code of the colour. We then have the colour made up by our paint supplier. We can also do sanitary ware in one colour and tiles in a different colour. We prefer not to do dark colours, because the water in the peninsula contains high levels of chlorine, which makes darker colours fade over time.

Q How long does this process take, and how long do I need to wait before I can use it again?

A It takes 2½ to 3 hours to complete a bath, and you can use it again after 24 hours.

Q How long does this resurfacing last?

A We guarantee baths and tiles for 5 years, and basins and toilets for 2½ years. We have seen baths that has lasted for 12 years. It all depends on how often it is used, and how well it is cared for. Cleaning materials that are abrasive or contains ammonia should not be used on these surfaces. Also, if a chip does occur, it should be repaired immediately to prevent water from seeping underneath and lifting the rest of the paint. Hand-held showers in baths and basins are the biggest cause of chips, and should be used with care.

Keywords: basins, Baths, Coats, Resurfacing