Frequently Asked Questions
Fox Valley Bathtub Refinishing offers professional refinishing for bathtubs, countertops, and more. Our eco-friendly products, warranty, and unique refinishing process set us apart in the industry. Continue reading to see some of our frequently asked questions, then call (847) 650-6271 to request a free quote.
Each repair and refinishing project is unique. Therefore we provide estimates before starting all refinishing work. You can request a quote online now.
VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, are a large group of carbon-based chemicals. Common symptoms of exposure to VOCs include:
- Eye, nose and throat irritation
- Nausea or vomiting
- Worsening of asthma symptoms
Most refinishing companies use coatings that contain high levels of VOCs. Fox Valley uses eco-friendly products with low VOCs to protect the health and safety of our customers.
It’s safe if you’re using Fox Valley! The high VOCs in the products used by most companies are not beneficial to the customer. Fox Valley believes that a safe environment and healthy world are important, and we promote that by using green coatings and eco-friendly products.
We use green coatings, which employ the same two-component Glas-Tech 9000 acrylic urethane technology that has been so popular in the bathtub, shower, tile, and countertop refinishing industry since 1985. With over 40,000,000 successful applications worldwide, this proven formula is now available in an eco-friendly, green version that meets U.S. EPA standards for VOC emissions
The secret to this coating system’s durability lies in the unique resin-rich layer that forms on top of the coating as it is applied and reaches cure. This creates a super high-gloss, porcelain-like finish that is actually a barrier layer and highly resistant to impacts, chemicals, and moisture. This time-tested topcoat is 100% UV-resistant and colorfast. In addition, our green coating dries in only four hours, allowing you to use the bathtub the day after we refinish it. We use green coatings for all our surface refinish work, as well as our tub-to-shower conversions.
We use the strongest Professional Ventilation system for this industry, which minimizes odors and virtually eliminates overspray. Fox Valley is committed to providing your family with a safe refinishing experience. Many refinisher companies use a store-bought box fan because the cost of a professional ventilation system is expensive and time-consuming to set up. But this results in overspray throughout your home and puts you and your family at risk. Our system keeps the refinishing process contained, creating less mess and promoting health and safety.
Refinishing a bathtub usually takes four hours. More time may be needed depending on the bathtub’s condition.
Your bathtub can be used the day after it has been refinished. Refinish It Today & Use It Tomorrow™.
Not a problem! We grind the rust out and professionally repair the drain back to a beautiful finish. We also recommend a Drain Overflow Kit. This creates a tight seal, preventing water from leaking again and causing a recurrence of rust. We do it all – no plumbers needed.
No, but every case is different. Most refinishing companies will not do chip repairs because they are either untrained or just dishonest. Chip repair is truly an art. Getting a perfect color match is both an art and a science, something we know only the top technicians can achieve. We’re happy to advise and provide the best options for you. Contact us for more info and answers.
Acid etch is the single most important step in refinishing porcelain (cast iron, steel) to achieve a long lasting bond. Etch creates tiny pores in the surface that helps bond the primers to the topcoat, creating a long-lasting, durable finish.
Simply said, it costs more money and takes more time. Acid etch requires specific storage requirements and extra cost. Our system is also more time-intensive for our professionals. Fox Valley believes in using the best products available to produce the highest-quality finish, which is why we choose to use our proven adhesion process. Any other system just wouldn’t create the same results.
We can also repair chips, cracks, and scorch marks in your tub, shower, or other fixture. We also offer fiberglass repairs for pools, hot tubs, bathtubs, showers, baptismal pools, and other fiberglass fixtures.
Inlays are a quick fix for damaged bottoms in bathtubs and showers, but they do not correct the subsurface or get to the root of the damage. It’s putting a band-aid over the problem and doesn’t ensure it won’t happen again. Often after inlay is installed, the edges start to flare up, resulting in water getting under the inlay and potentially creating a breeding ground for dangerous mold.
Yes. We offer and highly recommend our Anti-Slip Coating for nearly any tub or shower refinish. Click here to read more about our Anti-Slip Coating.
This depends, but generally 10-15 years if the surfaces are given proper care and maintenance. Certain fixtures, like a kitchen sink, will get much more use (and therefore wear and tear) than other fixtures, such as a shower in the guest bathroom. Tile on the floor will wear more quickly than tile that is used on a wall.
Due to our highly skilled technicians and superior-quality products and finishes, most people cannot tell the difference between a new surface and one that has been refinished by Fox Valley. The sinks and tubs we refinish resemble porcelain, while our refinished countertops look like newly installed laminate or solid surfaces.
It’s very important that you perform regular care and maintenance of your refinished fixture. View our cleaning guide.