Restoration of an old bathtub: myths and reality

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Regarding any novelty, especially the one that concerns increasing our comfort with you, various media write a lot of essays and reviews. A special amount of information appears around social technologies, which are aimed at minimizing the financial costs of ordinary citizens. Yes, not everyone has an income that allows them to ignore prices, and therefore some manufacturers try to lower the cost of their own products as much as possible in order to enable the country’s population to buy and order.

But it is worth noting that often in articles and reviews one can find not only lists of advantages and disadvantages, but also a huge number of myths. Liquid acrylic bath restoration is one such technology, and there are really a lot of vague conversations around it.

Bath restoration with acrylic: who to believe?

11Articles, essays, descriptions of works and technologies on manufacturers’ websites, advertising texts, statements and opinions, positive and negative reviews – all this gives rise to its own collective opinion about any product. Naturally, there is also anti-advertising, geared specifically to reduce attention to the product. For example, manufacturers of goods who are experiencing some crash in sales are very fond of writing such articles. The same can be said about the methods of restoring old bathtubs … they are often criticized, because the promotion of inexpensive technologies is very unprofitable for manufacturers of expensive plumbing fixtures!

Judge for yourself – in Moscow, you can restore an old cast-iron bathtub 150 cm in size at a price of 4,000 rubles by a contractor (this is the cost of materials and work), and if you do everything yourself, then even cheaper – about 2,500 rubles. At the same time, the cost of a new cheapest cast-iron bath of the same size in Moscow is about 8500 rubles, and this is without taking into account the cost of delivery, installation and dismantling and removal of the old bath.

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Answering the main question, which focuses on faith in certain text materials, experts recommend starting from their own requirements and capabilities. For example, if you can buy a new bathtub, you are unlikely to consider refurbishing the bathtub with liquid acrylic or acrylic inlay. But, if the financial situation does not make it possible to spend several tens of thousands of rubles on a new product, then the restoration of the bath with acrylic is especially for you.

Bath recovery: myth bashing

In fact, bathroom restoration, as a modern and inexpensive technology, is shrouded in a whole tangle of far-fetched myths. But it’s worth talking only about the main ones:

  1. It is believed that the technology is expensive. The total work on the restoration of the bathtub costs from 3,500 to 7,000 rubles, when a new mid-price bathtub with delivery, installation, dismantling and removal of the old bathtub will cost about 20,000 rubles. Moreover, if we are talking about the cost of restoration at 7,000 rubles, then this will include additional services in addition to restoration, such as installing a new siphon, chipping tiles along the bathtub edging and others. All these works also have to be done when replacing the bath with a new one. The benefits are obvious!
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  2. They say that liquid acrylic, after application, cracks and slips off the surface. This is so, there is even no point in evading. But this is possible only in case of non-observance of technology requirements, use of uncertified acrylic material and non-observance of operating rules. You don’t stir the food in the Teflon pan with a fork, do you? Here is a similar situation – in fact, instead of a cast-iron one, you now have an acrylic bathtub and you must follow the new operating rules.
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  3. It is also known that there are a lot of counterfeit products on the market. Naturally, this is not even a myth. Therefore, experts here insist on purchasing material only from trusted suppliers, manufacturers with a name and companies that have proven themselves well! In addition, such companies have all the necessary certificates, many of which are posted on sites and can provide them to you personally. Also reputable companies conclude a contract and provide a guarantee – usually from 12 months.
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  4. Another myth is that acrylic earbuds crack. Of course, it will crack if the liner is made not by an enterprise that specializes in this, but by a handicraft method. In addition, for the liner to serve for a long time, the most important thing is to install it correctly and attention (!) To use materials (glue, foam, sealant) for its installation, which, in terms of their characteristics and service life, are suitable for the liners in terms of parameters. And for the inserts, the manufacturer sets the service life, subject to all the rules, 20-25 years! Therefore, when installing the liner, it is necessary to pay special attention not only to technology, but also to materials. For example, materials from Makroflex are excellent for these works.
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  5. Someone thinks that the material is not environmentally friendly. In fact, the properties of acrylic, as well as certified acrylic liners, fully comply with the norms of Russian legislation. All hygiene certificates (if it is not a fake, of course) will be provided to you by a conscientious seller or a company that will restore your bath. You can even drink water from such material.

  6. Well, the last myth is the comfort of using the bath after restoration. If you are told that it is not comfortable to wash in such a bath, do not believe it until you check it yourself. If you have taken into account all our recommendations and have chosen a certified material and a company with a good reputation and solid experience for restoration, you can be sure that such a bath will delight you every day! Personally, I, the author of this article, use a cast-iron bathtub every day, the restoration of which was carried out using liquid acrylic, and I also had experience using a bathtub with an acrylic insert installed. I want to say that if I had not been told about this, I would not have known that the baths have been restored.
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Bath restoration materials

Among the proven materials for bathroom restoration are the following:

Liquid acrylic, stacril, enamel:

  • Bulk acrylic “YarLI”, Yaroslavl.
  • “Liquid Acryl Lux”, Russia.
  • Liquid Acrylic enriched with silver nanoparticles.
  • Bulk acrylic “Plastol” and “Plastol-Super”.
  • “Shungite Acryl”.
  • Enamel “EcoEmalka” (new on the market).

Acrylic Liners:

  • A trusted company that produces certified liners for the restoration of bathtubs is ISKomp. Located in Moscow. They use Austrian acrylic sheet material.

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Summing up, I would like to note that any process in which people are involved will, one way or another, have the so-called human factor. It is up to you to decide which company to contact, but it is very important that all work is carried out with the conclusion of a contract and with the provision of a guarantee, then you will be protected from any trifles associated with the restoration of your bath.

We hope our article helped you with your choice!

Prepared with the support of Leadervann.

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Steve

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