Spraying an acrylic urethane enamel over the bathtub's damaged porcelain.
Photo: David Carmack
Enveloped in a mist of paint, Scott Ayers sprays an acrylic urethane enamel over the bathtub's damaged porcelain. He protects the bathroom with plastic and his lungs with an air-supplied respirator.
As the bonding agent on the Metropouloses' tub sets, Ayers slips on a Tyvek suit and straps on an air mask connected to a ventilator so that he does not inhale paint vapor. Using a spray gun, he applies three coats of acrylic urethane enamel, letting each dry for 10 to 15 minutes. With the help of a heat lamp, the finish cures in about one hour; a wet sanding with 1,000-grit paper smooths bumps and rough patches. After he dries off the surface with paper towels, he goes over it with a power buffer equipped with a foam pad and some auto compound to remove any scratches. Finally, he hand buffs the tub to a shiny luster with a soft cloth and polymer glaze car wax. Eight hours after arriving at the Metropouloses' house, his work is done. They'll be able to slip into a bath later that night.

Miracle Method, like many refinishing companies, offers a five-year warranty. But says Diane Robbins, co-owner of the franchise that resurfaced Jackie's tub, with proper care and maintenance (nonabrasive and bleach-free cleaners only), a refinsished tub surface should last 15 to 20 years. And while that's a few years short of the five decades you can expect from new porcelain, it sure beats buying a tub that will never be historically authentic.
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