Joy of St. Croix
Tub Repair & More
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a CHIP is a missing piece of the finish leaving the substrata sound – usually caused by an impact (e.g., a dropped bottle or tool). The edge of a chip is not structurally sound; it has cracks and fractures that have to be removed to create a solid and reliable bond with the repair. The damaged area is excavated similar to repairing a tooth cavity, filled and faired with marine grade materials, and topcoated.
a VOID is an air pocket between the finish you touch (gel-coat or acrylic) and the fiberglass structure. Imagine a bowl turned upside down (a mold in the shape of the bathtub) – it is sprayed with the top coat, then sprayed with the fiberglass, and taken off the mold. The void between the top coat and the structure can remain hidden for years until it is revealed by pressure on the topcoat above the void, cracking like an eggshell.
It is repaired by removing the topcoat above the void, which can sometimes be quite larger than what is seen above, filling and fairing the void, and applying new topcoat.
a GOUGE is similar to a Chip – the topcoat has been damaged, and maybe the fiberglass, but it doesn’t go all the way through the fiberglass structure. It is different from a Scratch in that it is too deep to sand and polish out; it’s repaired just like a Chip – the damaged area is ground out, filled in and faired, and then topcoated.
CRACK – IMPACT
An impact crack is radial – it radiates from a center point of impact creating a spiderweb look. It is either a direct impact from the front of the tub, or a reverse impact from behind the tub. These are usually fiberglass structures (resin and fibers are strong, that’s what wood is…resin and fibers) and simply need to have the damaged fibers ground out and new fibers and resin put in. It’s then filled, faired and topcoated.
CRACK – STRUCTURAL
A structural crack is linear – the cracks are in line with the failing support structure creating long parallel lines. The most common cause in a bathing unit floor is lack of support; it begins to sag, usually where you and others stand repeatedly, and eventually breaks – to fix the crack you first need to fix the reason it broke. The repair can be a simple reglassing or a complicated rebuild, and the techniques and requirements are just as varied.
Floor damage can be nightmarish, leading to health and property damage. An average floor rebuild starts at $1,600, which is 50% of the low cost of a remodel; if your budget only allows halfway the quality has to be solid.
MARKS ON PORCELAIN – REMOVAL
RUST SPOTS – REMOVAL
GLUE / ADHESIVE – REMOVAL
HOLE – TUB BODY
HOLE – PANEL
HOLE – DRAIN / OVERFLOW
VINYL WINDOW – WARPED / DAMAGED SILL
VINYL WINDOW – CRACK / HOLE
VINYL WINDOW – MISSING PIECE
POLISH – PANEL
POLISH – TUB DECK
POLISH – GENERAL
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