Tubby FAQs


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Welcome to the Tubby FAQs section.


Hopefully you will find here the answers to the most common questions that we are asked.

If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for here the please do get in touch using the form or the details below.

What Are The Benefits Of Bath Resurfacing?

SAVE MONEY! – The main benefit is cost. Resurfacing will very often save you around 60% on the cost of replacing your bathware. Of course you can easily swap your enamel bath for a modern low cost plastic bath but you will be losing an extremely sought after, high quality and desirable item for a far inferior and less valuable bath.

UNLOCK HIDDEN VALUE – Having a quality enamel (and if you are lucky enough Victorian style roll top) bath will add enormous value and attraction to the bathroom whether you intend to enjoy it yourself or if you are selling your home. Resurfacing will restore your bathware to its original glory and leave a brilliant, smooth and inviting finish to make the bath the centre of attention in any bathroom.

NO HASSLE – Resurfacing your bath with a Tubby DIY kit only takes about 3 hours to complete and no special skills are required. There’s no re-plumbing or re-tiling to worry about and the process makes almost no mess while you work. You can start enjoying your newly resurfaced bath after only 48 hours.

How Does The Bath Resurfacing Process Work?

Tubby’s parent company Mend-a-Bath International have been providing bath repair and resurfacing solutions for nearly 3 decades. Mend-a-Bath’s research and development team have produced a special coating that is specifically designed to be used on all types of bath, sink and shower materials.

It is important to note that our material is designed solely for bathware resurfacing and repair, there are many other products on the market that claim to be for resurfacing bath, but in reality they use generic materials that have been re-packaged and passed off as bath resurfacing products. A lot of them will be affected by direct contact with hot water and do not have the flexibility, strength or anti-yellowing characteristics offered by the Tubby range of products.

Resurfacing your bath with a Tubby Kits is a simple process and our kits come with detailed instructions on how to do it. By carefully following the instructions you can achieve a “Good as New” result.

Can I resurface My Whole Suite Or Just My Bath?

Yes, you can resurface your whole bathroom suite! Our material is designed to be applied to baths, basins, toilet pedestals and even tiles. You can resurface your entire suite in the colour of your choice, or mix and match colours to create your own unique bathroom. We also have a product to restore tile grout.

Can I Go From Colour To White Or Vice Versa?

Yes.

Many people choose to resurface their old beige or avocado suites in a brilliant, clean and modern white finish but Tubby bath paint makes it possible to resurface your bath-ware in the colour of your choice. Take a look at our colour chart to get a better idea of what’s available.

White

01 Blue

010 Pink

03 Green

08 Pink

Albany

Almond

Apricot

Ashgrey

Avocado

Azure Blue

Bahama Beige

Bali Brown

Black

Burmuda Blue

Cabernet

Champagne

Cheese

Coffee

Elm Green

English Avocado

Flamingo

Grey

Harvest

Honeysuckle

Indian Ivory

Jasmine

Kalahari

Kashmir Beige

Linden Green

M-A-B Yellow

Mink

Off White

Orchid

Pampas

Primrose

Reef Gold

Savannah

Seagreen

Sienna

Signal Red

Sorrento Blue

Sunking

Turquoise

Whisper Blue

Whisper Green

Whisper Grey

Whisper Pink

If you find inspiration somewhere else, or if you want to keep the colour you have right now, provide us with a sample and we can almost certainly match it.

On rare occasions, particularly when resurfacing blue baths to white it is necessary to apply a slightly larger amount of material to ensure sufficient coverage. If this is the case for your bath give us a call on 0800 328 4324 and we can arrange to provide you with extra material.

How Long Will My Newly Resurfaced Bath Last?

Of course, every bath is subjected to different conditions so there is no definite answer, however, there are things that you can do to ensure the longevity of your bath. The most import stage of any resurfacing job is the preparation. Make sure that the bath is well cleaned and totally void of any contamination on the surface. When it comes to keying the surface, make sure you pay particular attention to areas where the coating comes to an end such as around the outlet overflow, along the tile line and around the base of the taps.

Aftercare is also very important to the longevity of a resurfaced bath. Do not use cleaners that have bleaches, abrasives or lime scale removers in them. Rather, stick to alkaline soap cleaners. If you do chip the coating by dropping a heavy object into the bath, we would advise you to immediately repair the damage. This will stop water getting between the coating and the bath surface, which will result in the surface peeling off and greatly reduce the coatings useful life.

If you do the above we would expect the new coating to last in the region of 8 to 10 years, but this will depend on the preparation, aftercare and the amount the bath is used.

We have been in the business for over 27 years and our experience has shown that a well looked after bath can last for many years.

How Do I Know If It Is Time To Resurface My Bath?

Over time most baths will become worn de-coloured and rough.

Metal baths need to be resurfaced when the surface has worn thin and you can feel pitting (series of very small holes) or roughness. In some cases you can actually see the cast iron or pressed steel base through the enamel coat. If the bath has lost its shine or you can see metal or dark areas in the surface, then we highly recommend you opt for a full resurface.

If you only have 1 or 2 chips/cracks then you may well be able to use our Chip Repair kits to restore your bath.

Inspect your bath to get a better idea of its condition then give us a call to find out about the best course of action for your specific bath.

I’m Not Sure If My Bath Just Needs A Good Clean!

Many baths become coated in dirt and lime scale over a number of years, despite efforts to keep it clean. Furthermore, use of cleaners with lime scale removers or bleaches in them will ultimately damage and discolour your bath surface, leaving it rough and porous. The rough surface further compounds the problem as it gives the lime scale something to grip too.

If the above describes your bath, then it is time to resurface it.

However, if your bath has been resurfaced in the past or is a white acrylic bath then it may be possible to have the colour and shine restored with a full clean and mechanical polish using our Tubby DIY polishing kit.

Please note: Many cleaning agents available on the market actually have a detrimental effect on the enamel coat so please call us for specialist advice if you are not sure.

Once you’ve polished your bath, to keep it in tip top condition we also recommend regular applications of Pierre d’Argent Bath Cleaner.

Can I Repair A Chip Without Doing A Full Resurface?

Yes, absolutely. If you have small chips or damage on an otherwise good surface we have a solution.

We get many calls from people who have dropped tiles, metal plugs or loose objects into the bath and chipped the surface. If this is the case then don’t worry, it is easily repaired!

We can provide you with a DIY chip repair kit in the colour of your choice. The chip repair kit is actually a small amount of our Tubby bath resurfacing material which is applied directly to the damaged area. Our chip repair kits also come with a set of toners so that you can make small adjustments to the colour to get a better match to your existing surface.

We offer advice on how to carry out the work. Measure the size of the damage and make a note of its location then give us a call for advice on the best course of action.

The Tubby Chip Repair kit is suitable for any surface of bath, sink or shower tray and can even be used on tiles, cookers, refrigerators and washing machines.

What material is my bath made from.

Baths are generally made from one of a few types of material; acrylic/gel coat on a fibreglass base or enamel on a cast iron or pressed steel base. Very occasionally you might get a stone resin or ceramic bath but these types of sanitary ware are generally reserved for Shower trays, sinks, bidets or toilets.

All types of baths can be resurfaced or have chips repaired, and Tubby have a range of DIY products to suit any bath surface. Our Tubby coating material has been uniquely formulated with the sole purpose of sanitary ware resurfacing, taking into account the specific stresses that this material will need to stand up to; such as UV exposure and significant temperature changes. This is in contrast to other inferior products that are often either generic plastic repair products or boat repair products that have been re-packaged and rebranded for the bath repair market.

Acrylic/Fibreglass Baths

Sometimes also described as a “plastic” baths, acrylic baths are the most common type of modern baths. They tend to be fitted into a corner position with a flexible front panel or are replicas of traditional free standing roll top baths. Generally they are thinner and lighter than other types of baths and will have a higher degree of flexibility and movement than cast iron or pressed steel baths.

Cast Iron/Pressed Steel Baths

Cast iron baths are, as the name would suggest made from iron and likewise pressed steel baths are made from steel, both will have a vitreous enamel coating over the top of the metal base.

They often feature rolled tops and decorative feet, you can still buy brand new metal baths but due to there ‘traditional’ look it is quite common for old metal baths to be refurbished and reused when the interior design requires that traditional feel.

Cast iron baths often feature rolled tops and decorative feet, but can also have square edges and be built in against a wall. Pressed steel baths will generally have square edges and are designed to be built in against 3 walls in the same way a standard acrylic bath would be. It is quite common for old metal baths to be refurbished and reused when the interior designer requires that traditional feel.

Cast iron and pressed steel baths are often referred to as ENAMEL baths, in-fact enamel is actually used to coat a cast iron bath, this enamel coating is melted onto the bath and provides a heat resistant layer to protect the bather when they are resting inside the bath.

It is this enamel coating that can be easily repaired or resurfaced using a Tubby Bath Resurfacing Kit

If your bath is made from Cast Iron or Pressed Steel, it will be heavy, completely inflexible and as ferrous metal – will be magnetic..

Stone/Ceramic

If you have a stone bath, you will know about it. It will be extremely thick and heavy. In-fact you are more likely to have a stone bath than a ceramic bath. You will however, find that most bathroom sinks and toilets are ceramic.

As with any of the other materials mentioned the Tubby formula is suitable for all stone or ceramic baths, sinks and toilets.

If you’re still unsure what type of bath you have then please do get in touch and if you’re wondering which Tubby product to use then check click HERE for quick guide.

Which Tubby Resurfacing Kit should I get?

Tubby have 3 DIY Resurfacing kits and 2 repair kits all of which are available in our full colour range.

Which kit is most suitable depends on your requirements and which material your bath is made from – the materials and basic components are the same across our range of Tubby Bath and Tubby Shower/Sink Kit resurfacing kits.

Tubby Standard and Tubby Shower/Sink Kit have the same contents except for a difference in the quantity of coating material and hardener provided. Our Tubby Standard kit has sufficient material to apply 2 coats to a bath of 1700mm x 700mm x 450mm, while our Tubby Shower/Sink Kit resurfacing kit will cover a shower tray of 800mm x 800mm or a standard size sink and pedestal.

Our Tubby Extra kit also has the same basic components as our Tubby Standard kit, plus 5 addition items specific for the restoration and resurfacing of an enamel bath. The Tubby Extra kit should only be used on enamel surfaces and should not be used on an acrylic or plastic bath, sink or shower tray.

If you’re still unsure which kit you need then please get in touch and we will be more then happy to guide you in your choose. If you’re unsure what material you’re bath is made from, then click HERE for quick guide or contact us.

What Colours are available?

At Tubby we have developed our colour range in response to all the sanity ware colours that have come out over the last 50 years. With a range of 47 colours we are sure to have the colour you are looking for. Below is a colour chart of all the colours that we keep in stock.

White

01 Blue

010 Pink

03 Green

08 Pink

Albany

Almond

Apricot

Ashgrey

Avocado

Azure Blue

Bahama Beige

Bali Brown

Black

Burmuda Blue

Cabernet

Champagne

Cheese

Coffee

Elm Green

English Avocado

Flamingo

Grey

Harvest

Honeysuckle

Indian Ivory

Jasmine

Kalahari

Kashmir Beige

Linden Green

M-A-B Yellow

Mink

Off White

Orchid

Pampas

Primrose

Reef Gold

Savannah

Seagreen

Sienna

Signal Red

Sorrento Blue

Sunking

Turquoise

Whisper Blue

Whisper Green

Whisper Grey

Whisper Pink

If you cannot find the colour you require, then we may also be able to mix it especially for you. Please feel free to contact us if you require more information on our special mix services.

If you not sure which colour you require, please contact us and we will happily send out colour samples so you can be sure to get the right colour match.

How much does bath resurfacing cost?

Having your bath resurfaced will always work out cheaper than replacing the bath entirely. When a bath is replaced, it requires plumbing work, building work and often redecoration of a large area, not to mention the potential damage to wall and floor tiles that might no longer be available. On top of this, there is also the disposal cost of the old bath to take into consideration and the actual cost of the new bath.

So, how much does it cost?

Well, simply put it will cost you the price of Bath Resurfacing Kit for enamel baths our kits start at £83, and for acrylic baths the kits start at £50-69, plus a couple of hours of your time. Added to the obvious cost saving benefits, the lack of disruption to the household makes resurfacing an extremely appealing option.

You can of course opt to have a professional resurface your bath for you; Professional bath resurfacing services cost in excess of £350, but as many happy customers have discovered the Tubby Kits make the process extremely easy and quick, whilst providing excellent results. For our professional resurfacing services please visit our professional site www.mendabath.co.uk or contact us via email or by calling the office: CONTACT US

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