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Question DetailsAsked on 7/18/2015

Which cleaning products are best to use on a resurfaced bathtub?

I have had my bathtub resurfaced twice by the same company. Both times the chemicals used in the resurface began to peel shortly after the procedure was completed. I live in an apartment complex, and the complex is bound by an agreement with this, I'm not looking for answers as to why the work is faulty or how I can repair the tub...I just want to make sure I'm not making bad worse. Can anyone recommend a gentle cleaning product that is safte to use on resurfaced tubs? Thank you!

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Here's what could be making the surface bubble and peel.

1. Never use bleach or abrasives on a refinished surface.

2. Never use a mat on the bottom of the tub unless you take it up each time you use it.

3. Never set and leave soapy bottles on the tub ledges.

The only way bubbling and peeling can happen on a professionally refinished surface is when moisture builds up between the refinished surface and something else (a mat, a bottle, a washrag) that is left setting on the surface for an extended period of time.

We recommend cleaning with a soapy washrag, Lysol Bathroom Cleaner, or Simple Green Blue. Just read the labels and make sure there are no abrasives or bleach in the product.


Answered 5 years ago by sharprefinishing


As SharpeRefinishing said, bleach and abrasive cleaners damage refinished surfaces (bleach hurts new tubs too) - and so do cleaners with many common chemical solvents or most any petroleum-based solvent or carrier - so this includes most of the foaming or "self-cleaning" tub and tile cleaners too.

Your best bet is to find the website for YOUR brand refinishing product to check out recommended cleaners.

Unfortunately, what he says about leaving moisture on it is too true for most types of refinishes - pretty much all in-place (as opposed to remove and refinish with baked enamel or porcelain) refinishing solvent-based enamels and "paints" as opposed to chemical-cure epoxies or urea finishes. That is one of the main reasons (other than iffy workmanship and prep in many cases) why many people are unhappy with refinish jobs - it is rare that they stand up to wear and tear like the original, which is the standard most people apply to refinishing. You just have to realize you are spending maybe up to $500 for a shorter-term finish which can look and perform fine for maybe a decade or so if done well, versus the many decades of service a factory baked finish gives - but at a cost of typically a couple to several thousand $ to replace an existing tub and surround.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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