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The story behind this sink:
A rental. Not the most pleasant of places. A young couple was renting the place at the time these photos were taken.
I don't think it's a good idea to refinish a kitchen sink; these sinks suffer impacts, traffic a lot of water, and stay moist for long periods of time. But in the case of a sink like this being irreplaceable, maybe refinishing is a good idea.
This sink had been refinished before. This is what they commonly look like when we arrive.
At the time of this entry, my only concerns are that the care info given to the tenant didn't go out her other ear, and that the owner is prompt with his check :-)
The finish we use and how it compares to others:
We typically use an epoxy primer and a polyurethane finish.
Of the materials that can also be used as a primer, acrylic or polyamide products are among the choices. They may work under certain conditions, but not enough conditions. That's why we use a specially formulated epoxy which was designed to offer excellent adhesion, serve as a barrier to moisture, bridge over certain kinds of contamination, and fill minor imperfections.
Today's refinishing materials include polyurethanes and epoxies. Both finishes are hard and attractive for the first months after application. However some epoxies can yellow, lose their gloss and/or develop fine cracks. Also, epoxies aren't as repairable. Polyurethane is more flexible, retains color better, is less likely to oxidize, and dries in a fraction of the time.
This tub is in a property in a low income neighborhood that had been rented, was given a quick rehab, and now up for sale. It had become dirty and rusty. The rust formed from two things: water puddling in an area by the drain and the fractured enamel. (You'll have to look very closely at the top photo.) The rust was accelerated by a strong cleaner that weakened the enamel. The rehabber was a regular customer of ours whose instructions were to do a "quickie" for his investor which is code for "just quickly and inexpensively make it pretty."
It is possible to remove the rust and enamel where the puddling occurred. It's also possible to fill the puddled area so water no longer collects there, and instead flows to the drain. Both at an added expense.
That wasn't in the rehabber's plan.
If you've got a problem like this, consider changing the tub.
How's this for looking artsy?!
This cabinet was installed new in the 1920s in a beautiful old building that overlooks Lake Michigan.
You're looking at layers of paint that the handyman and homeowner tried to scrape away. The condo owner was having a hard time finding an exact-fit cabinet and decided to keep this relic.
Removing the old paint required a chemical stripping, scraping, and sanding.
This photo is the last photo of our work done in the city. Traffic. Parking. Crime. Permits. Ridiculous regulations. Even if someone offered to pay more. No more travel to Chicago.
Just out of the left side of the frame are pencil marks from when the surround walls were installed....10 years ago. This tub had not been cleaned for...you guessed it...10 years. The lady told me she tried "everything."
I used a scraper and cleanser. It worked. Scraping and cleaning the entire tub took me around an hour.
The second photo is not of the refinish job that followed. It simply shows that "everything" wasn't good enough and grandma's elbow grease technique still held true.
If you've got a problem like this, check out the "TIPS" tab.
Here's a creative way to replace the shower valve; cut the shower wall to get to it. The incriminating instrument of destruction was nowhere in sight.
For some reason a nice, neat hole was in the plan. Forget that there was drywall that they could have cut through to change the faucet which would have been simpler. However sawing the tub sounded like a plausible option. Once into the job, he increased his pleasure by increasing the hole size another foot.
I wonder sometimes if people who saw tubs like this are the kind who touch live electrical wires thinking they won't get shocked.
This is one big tub!
The homeowner had begun having difficulty getting into the tub and making the trip to the basement shower. After a few high-priced remodeling quotes to have a shower installed in place of the tub, the family called us about the installation of the Clean Cut Step. Since the Clean Cut products only allow a certain amount of step-in height removed they wanted a deeper solution, something we offer.
This is more involved than installing a Clean Cut product but delivered the results they were hoping for.
This little guy stayed long enough to pose for a photo 4-13-19 when I was cleaning the van. His presence in the sunlight reminded me of our similar needs: food, shelter, companionship and a love for God in this short life on the earth.
We should do well with what we're entrusted and enjoy little moments like this!
Here's a pair of photos of a repair for a contractor who recently needed these holes filled. As you can see, the finished job looks flawless. For the contractor, this repair meant complications were spared as they had considered a replacement.
Repairs like this call for expertise. The cost of this repair was a fraction of the cost of the other options, but not cheap. This repair is likely priced differently in different parts of the country.