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Frequently Asked Questions - Bathtub Refinishing

Miracle Method has been refinishing bathtubs, tile, and countertops for nearly 30 years and has thousands of satisfied customers. Today we offer more durable coatings, more fashionable colors, and our revolutionary Natural Accents™ stone finishes. More people than ever before are using refinishing to stretch their remodeling budgets and makeover their kitchen and baths literally overnight.

How long will a Miracle Method refinished bathtub and ceramic tile surround last?

With proper care and maintenance, Miracle Method refinishing can extend the useful life of your fixtures for up to 15-20 years or more. Our MM-4 bonding agent creates a chemical bond between old and new surfaces, assuring you long life for your refinished tub.

How durable are refinished bathtubs?

Miracle Method uses the most technologically advanced coating available. These finishes are designed to stand up to daily use and do not require special care. However, like a newly manufactured bathtub, a refinished surface can be chipped or scratched if it is abused.

Do refinished tubs look painted?

The deep gloss of a Miracle Method refinished bathtub resembles new porcelain. In fact, most people will have a difficult time telling any difference between a new bathtub and a Miracle Method refinished tub...the Miracle Method process is that good!

How long does it take to refinish a bathtub?

A standard size bathtub, in reasonable condition, takes only 3 to 5 hours to refinish. The tub will typically be ready to use within 24 hours, or even sooner with special curing procedures.

How does refinishing compare to replacement costs?

Refinishing costs vary across the country but refinishing will almost always be a fraction of the total cost of replacing a bathtub or ceramic tile surround. Replacing a bathtub and surround can easily cost $3000 or more when you consider the cost of removal, plumbing, setting new tile, etc. Refinishing can often save you up to 75% compared to the cost of replacement!

Does refinishing have an odor?

New acrylic bathtub finishes contain solvents which are necessary to make the finish hard and durable. We use special ventilation fans to exhaust odors and smells from the work area. Dissipation of the odor depends on a variety of factors including temperature and amount of air moved. Generally, most of the odor dissipates within 24-48 hours as the finish completely cures creating a long lasting, beautiful finish! In the event you are sensitive to paint-like odors, please let us know so we can discuss accommodations for your service.

Is white the only color available?

Miracle Method can match any existing color or create almost any custom color of your choosing. We also offer Natural Accents™, a stone look in a variety of colors and textures for countertops, vanities and tile surrounds.

Can Miracle Method fix chips, scratches and cracks?

Small chips and cracks can usually be repaired during the preparation stage of the refinishing process. If it is just a single chip, we can often fill and refinish just the damaged area. With careful color matching, the repaired chip will be practically invisible. Plumbing manufacturers such as Kohler, Eljer, Lasco and Jacuzzi regularly use Miracle Method to repair brand new fixtures that were damaged during shipping or installation.

Is refinishing just for bathtubs?

Miracle Method can refinish a variety of surfaces including fiberglass, porcelain, acrylics, cultured marble, ceramic tile, Corian™ as well as Formica™ and other laminates.

How does refinishing work on kitchen countertops?

Formica™, Corian™ and tile countertops can all be updated and made to look like new with Miracle Method’s refinishing process. Our Natural Accents™ stone look finish is especially attractive and durable. Our countertop finishes come in a variety of colors and textures, and are easy to clean, but are all significantly lower in cost compared to replacement.

Why doesn’t Miracle Method use acid etching?

Unlike other refinishers, Miracle Method does not use corrosive or harmful acids in its refinishing process. Acid etching of porcelain and ceramic tile is old technology. Miracle Method's MM-4 bonding agent has been proven superior in both lab and field testing.

Why should I have Miracle Method refinish my bathtub or countertop?

Miracle Method is the largest, most experienced refinishing company in America. With over 140 offices, Miracle Method has been the leader in refinishing techniques and technology for nearly 30 years. Each franchisee receives extensive training and continuing education to ensure that each and every customer receives the very best quality and service available. Refinishing is a great process if it is done with the right materials and procedures. Miracle Method gets it done right the first time!

What makes Miracle Method’s refinishing process superior?

The combination of diligent preparation, our proprietary MM-4 bonding agent, advanced coatings, and final detailing sets Miracle Method apart from all other refinishers. The original surface is completely cleaned and surface scratches and chips are filled and repaired. Next the surface is treated with MM-4, a unique proprietary bonding agent, that creates a molecular bond between the cleaned surface and the new coating. Finally, after curing, the surface is buffed to a high gloss giving it the look and feel of brand new. No other company uses all these steps and the one-of-a-kind MM-4 bonding agent.

Is there a warranty?

Each Miracle Method franchise offers a five-year warranty against peeling or other failure of adhesion for bathtubs, wall tile, and fiberglass. Click here for Warranty Information for complete description.

Does a refinished surface take special care?

You’ll find our care instructions are similar to those for most brand new bathtubs or countertops…do not use cleaners that contain abrasives, harsh acids, or bleach. Most bathtubs, sinks and tile become worn and dull due to abrasive cleansers, not from time.

How does refinishing compare to bathtub liners?

Bathtub liners are plastic covers that are fitted over old or damaged bathtubs. Their cost is at least twice as expensive as Miracle Method refinishing and can take up to 3 to 4 weeks from ordering to installation. Liners can leak and create mold problems.

Finding a Miracle Method office
If you are considering refinishing your bathtub or shower, click on Find a Location or call our toll free locator number, 1-888-271-7690 to reach the nearest Miracle Method professional.