If your fiberglass shower has lost its luster and shine, then resurfacing is the ideal way to restore it. Fiberglass is a great option for showers because it is flexible, lightweight, and easy to mold. However, fiberglass does have a few problems because over time it can get discolored and begin to crack and show signs of wear. Resurfacing will help to strip away the discolored surface, and replace with a new color to make it look refreshed.
Resurfacing, also known as reglazing is a process that restores the finish on the fiberglass shower. The process of resurfacing begins with cleaning the shower in order to get rid of deposits like soap scum, body oils, and cleaner residue. Cleaning also strips away the existing coating. Using an industrial strength cleaner is the best way to get rid of the entire residue and coating.
After cleaning, the next step is to repair any cracks, prior to the application of the bonding agent. The bonding agent aids the process by helping the refinishing glaze to attach properly to the shower. The final gel coat is the finishing touch that gives the shower a bright new look.
For those who prefer to take on the task of refinishing on their own, there are DIY resurfacing kits that have the tools you need. However, it is always recommended that you opt for help from a professional refinisher, as you want to make certain that the job is done well, and will last for a long time. Before deciding on the right option for you, it might be a good idea to visit a home improvement store for some advice about the resurfacing process.
Benefits of resurfacing a fiberglass shower:
- It is inexpensive. It will cost less to resurface your fiberglass shower than it would to replace it.
- It will uplift the aesthetics of your bathroom. You may not be able to change out your bathroom fixtures, but resurfacing is another way to freshen up the look of the room. It also gives you the chance to change the color of the shower and update the general appearance.
- It will extend the life of your shower. If you maintain your refinished shower carefully, then it should last for another 10 to 15 years.
After investing time and money in resurfacing your shower, it makes sense to take care of it so that it lasts as long as possible. In this regard, it is important to clean the shower at least once per week with a non-abrasive cleaner that will not scratch the surface. You can also wipe it down with a soap solution to keep it clean. In addition, be sure to avoid using cleaning chemicals with harsh compounds that can damage the shower surface.
Fiberglass showers are very attractive and easy to maintain. However, if the shower becomes dull and worn there is no need to replace it, because it’s possible to renew and refresh the look by resurfacing it.