By Monte Leeper
Q. We noticed a shine in our porcelain tub, made by the tiler when our bathroom was remodeled about three months ago. The tile company sent someone to fix it because we didn’t want to replace it, which costs a lot more. We had kept the old tub which was good so we didn’t have to replace the plumbing. We are not happy with the repair because, although the color matches, the texture is slightly different, and we still notice it. Guests may not say anything, but we see it and don’t like it. What would you do?
A. We had such a problem when the guy who caused the chip dropped a power tool while installing a towel bar. He didn’t want to admit it at first, but eventually agreed to “fix” it, because otherwise everything would have had to come out, again, and be completely redone, from the tub to the tiles to the plumbing. The tile was never going to be a perfect match either. So the same guy who dropped the tool dabbed a matching primer on the spot, waited for it to harden, polished it as the instructions say, then applied the final coat with a small dropper brush. .
It looked like a repair, and was very obvious and disappointing. After a lot of discussion and wasted time, when the guy did his best to convince us that “no one would see it, it was barely noticeable”, we decided to call a tub remodeling company. The estimate was not bad and the tile company agreed to pay for the repair. I was impressed how much easier the process was than expected. I had my doubts that the tub would not look as substantial as the porcelain tub finish and would not last.
Installing a bathtub can affect the tightness of the bathroom if it is not installed with redundant materials to prevent water from entering the walls. Typically, the ledges on the back of a wall-to-wall tub will rest against the surrounding waterproofed walls before the tile is installed, so the tile overlaps the raised edge of the tub. This prevents water from flowing against gravity into the wall, especially after installing the sealer. With the original tub still in place, the junction of the tub and the tile is not disrupted, and the new tub liner joins the edge of the tiled wall and is then sealed off to actually reinforce the waterproofing of the tub. origin.
Replacing the tub took one trip to carefully measure and a second trip to install. Because the new tub exactly matches the shape of the original, there are no air pockets between the old and the new tub. The tub fixture looks perfect and was not only a perfect fit, but it’s been around for eight years and still looks brand new.
That’s what you should do. Don’t waste time, just grab the tub and move on. Good luck.
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