Refinishing Tile: A Cheap Way to Update a dated Bathroom

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If one is “blessed” with a 1950s bathroom that includes pastel-colored tiles (peach? teal? fading yellow? ), they have two choices. Accept it or get ready to remodel. The third option, reglazing tile, tubs, and sinks, may be just as attractive as a complete renovation but requires less time and money. 

Possibly you know me by a different name: Resurfacing, refinishing, and even painting are other terms for reglazing, but the latter isn’t used in official situations. The process is the same, though: Your home’s tile, sink, or bathtub are cleaned by a professional, then the space is instantly transformed once they are enameled.

If you need a temporary or permanent solution, reglazing could help you save money. The method is also very easy to apply: Experts will acid-etch the tiles to remove the sheen and then chemically clean the surface to eliminate any remaining grease and oil to guarantee that the enamel adheres to the tiles being reglazed. Before they can be painted once more, tiles must be thoroughly cleaned and sanded. The surfaces will then receive three to four coats of high-gloss enamel by spray. Porous tiles cannot satisfy the demand for a matte appearance since they would rapidly show stains.

You might have been concerned that the new liquid enamel coating is applied by spray, but don’t panic; this is the best method for obtaining a faultless sheen. The grout and the tile will look uniform because they have both been enameled over (the enamel is only a few millimeters thick, so the grooves won’t be filled in).  After the restroom has been reglazed, you must wait at least 12 hours before using it once more. One day might be enough to finish reglazing a window. It won’t be there for very long after that—not even your grandmother’s old bathtub.



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