Why Use a Drop In Bathtub Drain Trim Ring & Cover when you refinish your bathtub?
To protect your refreshing investment AND save you money in the long run! Usually when it is time to refinish a bathtub, it is also time to install new hardware on the bathtub. However, replacing a bathtub drain can be risky AND expensive. Our simple, easy and very cost effective solution is an attractive new cover bonded over the existing drain. It works great and looks like new!
DROP IN BATHTUB DRAIN TRIM RING & COVER OFFERS AN AFFORDABLE SOLUTION.
When refinishing a bathtub it’s always best to change the drain and overflow cap. Sounds easy enough, but when you consider that old drains are virtually ‘welded’ onto old pipes with years of calcium build up, rust, and old hard putty. Add to that the fact that there is usually general decay of the pipes themselves over time. The end result is what appears to be an easy job, can turn into a nightmare.
Our simple, easy and very cost effective solution to this is an attractive new cover bonded over the existing drain. It works great and looks like new!
Here’s an unfortunate scenario:
Our Surface Renew technician consults with a customer about refinishing the tub and offers a drain cover kit for a nominal fee of $75.00 installed.
The customer declines and we proceed to make that old tub look new again. When we are done the customer sees their terrific looking, white, shiny new looking tub which makes that old drain look dirty and wore out. It stands out like a sore thumb.
One of our customers said it best: “I should have gotten the drain; it’s like shining one shoe. I have a great looking tub but a horrible looking drain.”
Other than making it look good, why else is replacing the bathtub drain so important?
Because a small amount of water tends to remain around the drain area after bathing. This area is the most common place for bathtub resurfacing to fail. The best way to prevent moisture from causing the new finish to fail at the drain is to make sure that there is no coating edge in this area. If the drain is removed first, then we can refinish the tub below the area where the drain seats against the tub.
What to expect if you do decide to change the drain later:
Sounds easy enough, but when you consider that old drains are virtually ‘welded’ onto old pipes with years of calcium build up, rust, and old hard putty removal can cause damage to the surface surrounding the drain. Add to that the fact that there is commonly moderate to sever corrosion of the pipes themselves over time. The end result is what appears to be an easy job, can turn into a nightmare.
If you call in a plumber to replace your drain after we refinish your tub, your new surface is at risk from heavy tools and an invasive drain and cover removal process. On old tubs, most drain pulling tools don’t work. This results in plumbers actually sawing the pipes out or beating, cutting and chiseling around your newly refinished surface. This type of repair by a plumber could cost you upwards to $1,000 or more.
Or… as an easy alternative to all that trouble and expensive work… just ask us to install a drop in bathtub drain trim ring and cover for $75!