Joy of St Croix

Tub Repair & More

reliable and affordable solutions for bath, liming, & more

Determining what caused the damage helps to plan for a successful repair.

what does the damage look like?

What does the damage look like?

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

bathtub floor texture
$200

texture applied to bathtub

$200
TEXTURE

A newly refinished bathtub can be too slippery; a non-abrasive texture can be applied with the same material as the new finish and preserve the coating’s integrity. The texture is made of the same material that is used to refinish a bathtub, and can be applied to any surface that can suitably accept our refinishing process, old or new.

Restoring existing textures so that the cosmetics of individual repairs to a bathtub’s floor can stand scrutiny is expensive and time consuming. A new texture can hide a multitude of repairs and is eligible for 12% “component-sale” discount.

chip
$100 – $150

chip in porcelain

$100 – $150
CHIP
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.

Note: If the chip seems to have a hollow area behind the broken finish, determine if it’s a void.

void
$100 – $250

void in bathtub

$100 – $250
VOID
An air pocket between the finish you touch (gel-coat or acrylic) and the fiberglass structure. A mould in the shape of the bathtub is sprayed with the top coat, then sprayed with the fiberglass. An air-pocket between the layers causes a void which can be 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.

crack
impact
$100 – $250

crack impact

$100 – $250
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
$150 – $200

structural crack

$150 – $200
CRACK – STRUCTURAL
A structural crack is generally linear. It’s usually caused by lack of structural support or the unit being forced into place. If it was caused by forcing, the damaged area is refiberglassed. If it’s on the floor it will likely be caused by lack of support and require either an extensive and expensive rebuild. or replacement.

defect
$100 – $150

defect in gelcoat

$100 – $150
DEFECT – from mould

A composite bathtub is made on an assembly line. A mould in the shape of the bathtub is sprayed with the top coat, then sprayed with the fiberglass, released from the mould, cleaned and repaired the mould marks, and then shipped out of the factory. Somewhere in that process your defect was overlooked.
The moulding defect is treated like a chip repair in most circumstances, because of the similarity in scope and methods.

gouge
$100 – $200

gouge_JSTX

$100 – $200
GOUGE
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.

hole
drain / overflow
$250 – $450

hole in overflow - porcelain

$250 – $450
HOLE – drain / overflow

Both steel and fiberglass bathtubs are subject to degradation of the drain or overflow. In a fiberglass tub cracks can develop from the tub flexing against the anchored drain pipe; water wicks into the very thin cracks through capillary action and the degrading process begins. To repair it, the damaged area is removed, the surrounding area is cleaned, epoxy-glassed, sculpted, faired and top coated.

hole
panel
$150 – $500

hole in panel - fiberglass

$150 – $500
HOLE – panel

A hole in a shower wall is more often an impact rather than structural, usually caused by a held object or by falling against the wall. A hole in a composite shower wall requires a different repair method than a hole in a tub body, which is why it’s priced differently. The damage is cut out, fiberglassed, blocked, faired and painted.

hole
tub body
$150 – $400

hole in fiberglass

$150 – $400
HOLE – tub body

A hole in a tub body is more often an impact rather than structural, usually caused by a dropped object or by placing a chair or ladder in the bathtub. A hole in a composite tub body requires a different repair method than a hole in a shower wall, which is why it’s priced differently. The damage is cut out, fiberglassed, sculpted, faired and painted.

marks on
porcelain
$100 – $150

scratches on porcelain enamel

$100 – $150
MARKS – on porcelain

We think of porcelain as smooth, but microscopically it’s rough. Black marks on porcelain are caused by metal being scraped off like chalk on a sidewalk. To remove it requires some chemistry in order to break the bonds that will allow it to be removed.

polish
general
$75 per sq ft

$75 per sq ft
POLISH – general

Polishing reveals what’s under the topcoat and will truly show the importance of “sculpting” the repair. Polishing is the process of making the scratches on a surface too small to be seen, resulting in a reflective surface. “General polishing” refers to non-complex surfaces that do not require specialised polishing heads.

polish
panel
$275 – $500

polishing

$275 – $500
POLISH – panel

Polishing reveals what’s under the topcoat and will truly show the importance of “sculpting” the repair. Polishing is the process of making the scratches on a surface too small to be seen, resulting in a reflective surface. “Panel Polishing” refers to a wall panel of a fiberglass tub/shower combination.

polish
tub deck
$150 – $400

polish tub deck

$150 – $400
POLISH – tub deck

Polishing reveals what’s under the topcoat and will truly show the importance of “sculpting” the repair. Polishing is the process of making the scratches on a surface too small to be seen, resulting in a reflective surface. “Tub Deck Polishing” refers to a bathtub’s front apron – side – rear decks, and the backsplashes.

rust spots
on tub floor
$100

rust freckles

$100
RUST SPOTS – freckles on floor

During the construction process the bathtub is used as a dumping ground and storage unit. Nails, staples, and assorted hardware rust and stains the floor. To remove them requires some chemistry to break the molecular bond in order to remove them.

scratch
$100 – $300

scratch

$100 – $300
SCRATCH

Scratches are not gouges – the localised area can be sanded down to the bottom point of the scratch and
polished. Polishing reveals what’s under the topcoat and will truly show the importance of “sculpting” the repair. Polishing is the process of making the scratches on a surface too small to be seen, resulting in a reflective surface.

stain
$100 – $200

rust stains around tub faucet

$100 – $200
STAIN

Stains in porcelain are like soap in a sponge, while stains in gel coat are like the cells in a chameleon. Porcelain stains can sometimes be removed, and other times need to be top coated. Purple-ish stains in gel coat are the result of a chemical reaction that can usually be reversed.

vinyl window
crack / gouge / hole
$150 – $200

vinyl window crack

$150 – $200
VINYL WINDOW – crack / gouge / hole

Vinyl windows are subject to abuse on a jobsite from the installation of adjacent field materials such as bricks, siding, etc. Cracks can be welded, holes rebuilt, and gouges filled; the structure of the repair is done with the same type of vinyl, colour matched, and top coated with acrylic urethane.

vinyl window
missing piece
$175 – $300

vinyl window - missing piece

$175 – $300
VINYL WINDOW – missing piece

Vinyl windows are subject to abuse on a jobsite from the installation of adjacent field materials such as bricks, siding, etc. Missing pieces can be rebuilt; the structure of the repair is done with the same type of vinyl, colour matched, and top coated with acrylic urethane.

vinyl window
warped
$150 – $250

vinyl window warped

$150 – $250
VINYL WINDOW – warped

Vinyl windows are subject to abuse on a jobsite from the installation of adjacent field materials such as bricks, siding, etc. Warping happens when the window is  bent out of shape, usually by the delivery of drywall; the structure is bent back to shape, colour matched and top coated with acrylic urethane if needed.

glue removal
$100 – $150

glue repair

$100 – $150
ADHESIVE / GLUE – removal

Plumber’s glue can usually be removed if the it hasn’t melted into the finish. When it has melted the finish, it is treated like a gouge; glue is removed, area is faired and top coated.