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Tub Detailing Tips for an Expert Bathtub Finish

Bumps appearing after a bathtub finish project could be caused by a couple of things. For example, debris that settled on the surface could cause this. Or, microbubbles that formed from the solvent trying to migrate through the coating can also lead to defects in the tub surface. Regardless of the cause, there is a solution: tub detailing.

By George Piccot

Why Offer Tub Detailing?

Before we get into the process of tub detailing, I would like to talk about a few reasons why one of the biggest tub franchises in business today incorporates tub detailing into their process. They figured out a long time ago that bathtub refinishing is prone to imperfections such as bubbles or debris. With this in mind, they include tub detailing in every job they do. This service accomplishes several things:

    • It adds value.
    • It gives you a second level of customer service that most of your competition does not offer.
    • With tub detailing, you can actually make a tub look like new. When done correctly, it is hard to tell the difference between real porcelain and a refinished surface.

In today’s economy, you will find that some customers are willing to pay extra for the perfect bathtub finish, and some that are simply looking for a bargain bathtub refinishing job. If this is the case, why not offer a silver and gold package? The silver package does not include tub detailing and the gold package does. This way, you can offer something that fits either budget. Should you detail every tub you finish? That’s up to you. But if it were me, I would only offer this service to my residential customers.

Tub Detailing Process

In the section below, we'll outline the steps involved in tub detailing so you can achieve the desired results every time.

Here are a few things you will need: a spray bottle with water, rags or paper towels, 2000-grit wet or dry sandpaper , extension cord, rubbing compound, and a variable speed polisher. First, spray some water on the surface and lightly sand using the 2000-grit wet or dry sandpaper. You want to sand until you no longer feel the bumps on the surface. When you feel the surface is nice and smooth, dry it off and prepare to compound the tub. Apply a ribbon of the compound directly to the foam pad on your polisher. Be sure to start the polisher at low speed – and once you have the compound spread out, move the polisher up to medium speed. Go over the surface in multiple passes and two directions. After a minute or so, take a clean dry rag and remove the haze from the surface. When finished, you should be left with a nice shiny surface. If you want to take the detailing one step further, you can go over it the same way using polish followed by spray wax. For me, I usually leave it at this.

Learn More About Tub Detailing at TopKote

If you have any questions about tub detailing, shoot us an email at info@topkote.com, give us a call at 888-867-5683 or visit us on the web at www.topkote.com

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