Almega Resurfacing Inc. is a proud user of the 4th Generation bathtub resurfacing process.

There are two main surface preparation methods being used by bathtub refinishing businesses today. One process is the method of using an acid etch to give the tub surface a bonding surface for the coating to grip. After etching the surface is wet sanded to remove residue and an epoxy primer is applied to the etched surface and allowed to dry before applying a topcoat. This process provides successful results when all steps are performed properly. This is referred to as a mechanical bond.

Another process which is has become more popular with refinishing companies involves a cleaning of the original substrate then applying a wipe on silane bonding agent or a silane modified epoxy primer to an un-etched surface, then applying a topcoat. This process saves a refinisher time because the ease of application and quicker preparation but can result in a high failure rate if the surface not prepared properly or inferior products and inexperienced technicians are used. This is referred to as a molecular bond.

Almega Resurfacing doesn’t strictly use one or the other, WE DO BOTH!

  • Our first step is to remove the caulking & surface debris from the fixture and any coating from a previous restoration is removed.
  • We use a three step cleaning process before applying the finish topcoat. In our first step we give the fixture a thorough scraping if needed then a vigorous cleaning using a professional industrial strength tub and tile cleaner and scour to remove any contaminants such as soap scum, body lotions, etc. A damage inspection is done and all necessary repairs are completed.
  • Next we use an acid etch cleaning solution to give the surface a light etch, just enough to give a proper porous surface profile! Any remaining moisture is allowed to dry and all surface repairs are made.
  • After allowing the surface to dry we mask off the perimeter of the area to be resurfaced by using the proper masking material for delicate or normal surfaces and drop cloths to protect the surrounding areas. Once masking is completed we chemical clean to neutralize the surface to be refinished. Once this step is completed we set up the ventilation equipment to extract overspray and fumes from the items to be refinished.
  • Just before spraying our finishing coat our adhesive bonding agent is applied. Our bonding agent is applied to a lightly etched, neutralized substrate which creates a permanent molecular bond with the top coat, making it impossible for moisture to penetrate between the new glaze and original surface. This bonding agent was specifically developed and manufactured to apply our bath tub coating directly to the surface without needing to glass etch, sand or use an epoxy primer. As an added adhesive bond we DO apply the epoxy primer as well. Our adhesive bonding agent works on all hard resilient surfaces whether it’s glass, porcelain, gel coat, acrylic, or laminate.
  • Finally our ISO FREE acrylic top coat is sprayed on using an HVLP turbine spray system.

How nice the refinished surface looks is not only what’s important to Almega Resurfacing Inc. What matters the most to our company is not only the appearance, but also how well the original surface is prepared for a new coating along with the consistency and reliability of the product being applied. Surface preparation is our main ingredient.

Why settle for a lowball price that will most likely result in a delaminated finish when you are already saving 80% or more versus replacement? It only costs a little more to have a lot better so why go the cheapest. Refinishing is a skilled profession that takes many years to learn and master and the same goes with product reliability. Choose wisely. Choose our experience and our commitment to quality over a weekend trainee competitor’s lowball price!

Cheap work isn’t good and good work isn’t cheap!