Bath Enamelling/Bath Re Surfacing History
Bath enamelling or Bath Resurfacing has been around for many years, but most companies fail to invest the necessary time or capital in a process which will stand the test of time.
Many Bath Re Enamelling companies are simply a “Man and a Van”, run from home or a garage and use cheap materials in order to make a fast profit before they close down and move on.
Normal Bath Re Enamelling methods for coating a bath rely on etching the bath surface with an acid or sanding it down in order to key the surface prior to enamelling; this method usually fails quickly as over a period of time water breaks the seal between the bath and the new enamel coating. The surface is left to Air Dry and many imperfections are left in the surface. Companies use these methods because the materials are cheap and they wish to make a fast profit before they do close down and move on, although they may give the impression that they are well established.
However, there is an alternative to normal Bath Enamelling ….
Bath Shield Enamelling Method
With over 20 years experience, Bath Shield offer a complete On-site and Workshop Bath Enamelling Service.
Bath Shield uses a unique Baked Enamelling System developed in Switzerland and perfected in the U.K.. This process has been tried and tested for over 20 years in the Finest Hotels, National Trust Properties, Royal Palaces and Homes where attention to detail are paramount.
PREPARING THE BATH
After thorough cleaning and drying of the surface, chips and scratches are filled using specialist compounds. The surrounding area is the masked off and covered and the enamelling equipment set up.
Yellow – Bonded Parts in contact with the bath surface
Blue – Second boundry layer
White – Enamel coating
Conventional Coating System
Only 2 Bonded Parts are in contact with the bath surface producing a very week Bond. This surface will fail in a very short period of time.
Some Companies use Chemical Bonding which does improve the bonding , but there are still weak gaps in the surface which have not been bonded.
Bath Shield’s twin stage, ultra sonic Bonding system that fuses the Bath surface to the New enamel, which dramatically increases the durability and longevity of the the new Bath Shield Enamel.
BONDING AND ENAMELLING
Unlike most Enamelling companies who used dated bonding methods which are based on sanding down or Acid Etching the bath surface to bond the new coating onto the bath, Bath Shield has developed a twin stage, ultra sonic Bonding system that fuses the bath surface to the new enamel. This dramatically increases the durability and longevity of the new enamel surface.
BAKING THE NEW ENAMEL
After the bath has been enamelled with up to 20 coats of enamel, the surface is Baked using Infra Red Lamps – this gives a hard tough surface.
POLISHING THE SURFACE
Following the baking the surface is sanded and polished with specialist compounds to give a smooth glass like finish. A final Teflon based polish is then applied which helps to make the new enamel easy to clean and also prevents lime scale build up.
WORKSHOP BATH ENAMELLING
If the Bath is being removed from the House and can be delivered to our workshop, we are able to Bath Shield Enamel the inside of the bath and Sand and Prime the outside. If you would like the feet Nickel Plated or Taps Re-furbished we are also able to provide this service.
If you would like to view examples of Baths that have been renovated by Bath Shield please click here, or why not visit our Showroom where you may view many examples and meet and discuss your requirements with our Staff.