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Refinishing Tile: An Affordable Upgrade for an Old Bathroom

If one is “blessed” with a 1950s bathroom with pastel-colored tiles (peach? teal? fading yellow? ), they have two choices. Accept it or get ready to remodel. A third choice that could be equally as enticing as a complete renovation but takes less time and money is reglazing tile, tubs, and sinks. 

You may recognize me by another name: Resurfacing, refinishing, and even painting are other terms for reglazing; however, the latter is not employed in formal contexts. The process is the same, though: Your home’s tiles, sink, or bathtub are cleaned by a professional; when they are enameled, the space is instantly transformed.

In the event that you need a temporary or permanent fix, reglazing might let you to save money. The method is also very easy to apply: Experts will acid-etch the tiles to remove the sheen and then chemically clean the surface to get rid of any remaining grease and oil to guarantee that the enamel sticks to the tiles being reglazed. Before they can be painted again, tiles must be meticulously cleaned and sanded. The surfaces will then receive three to four coats of high-gloss enamel by spray. Porous tiles cannot satisfy the need for a matte appearance since they would quickly show stains.

You might have been concerned that the new liquid enamel coating is sprayed on, but don’t be concerned—this is the best approach to achieve a faultless sheen. The grout and the tile will look uniform because they have both been enameled over (the enamel is only a few millimeters thick, so the grooves won’t be filled in).  After the restroom has been reglazed, you must wait at least 12 hours before using it once more. Reglazing a window might just take one day to finish. Nothing will be left behind after that, not even your grandmother’s outdated bathtub.