Joy of St. Croix

Tub Repair & More

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What does the damage look like?

The most important aspects of a repair is determining what caused it, and the extent of the damage; the descriptions on this page will help you. Once you determine what the damage is, you can find your prices and ordering info in the Store.

chip in porcelain

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.

void

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.

gouge_JSTX

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
crack impact

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.

structural crack
structural crack

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 rebuild
floor rebuild

Floor Rebuild

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.

defect in gelcoat
defect in gelcoat

DEFECT

scratch

SCRATCH

rust stains around tub faucet
rust stains around tub faucet

STAIN

scratches on porcelain enamel
scratches on porcelain enamel bathtub

MARKS ON PORCELAIN – REMOVAL

rust freckles

RUST SPOTS – REMOVAL

glue repair
repair of plumber's glue damage

GLUE / ADHESIVE – REMOVAL

hole in fiberglass

HOLE – TUB BODY

hole in panel - fiberglass

HOLE – PANEL

hole in overflow - porcelain

HOLE – DRAIN / OVERFLOW

vinyl window warped

VINYL WINDOW – WARPED / DAMAGED SILL

vinyl window crack
vinyl window crack

VINYL WINDOW – CRACK / HOLE

vinyl window - missing piece

VINYL WINDOW – MISSING PIECE

polishing

POLISH – PANEL

tub marked with tape for polising
mark with tape where it's to be polished

POLISH – TUB DECK

polishing

POLISH – GENERAL

ladder work adds time

TIME ADD ONS

colour matching
colour matching

COLOUR MATCH

all things take time

TRAVEL