Why Would Miracle Method Tub Refinishing Franchise and Other Refinishers Use Misleading Out Right Lies & Tactics to Confuse Consumers About Using Hydrofluoric HF Acid Etching Bathtubs?
Why would we go to the trouble, expense and training if HF Acid did not provide a benefit to you?
When refinishing porcelain over cast iron or enamel over steel tubs we use HF Acid Etching Bathtubs to abrade or “Etch” the surface.
This part of the process abrades the surface, as the kiln-fired surface is to hard to abrade by sanding.
This is not the case for acrylic fiberglass bathtubs, which we can easily abraded or etched by sanding.
The use of HF Acid Etching Bathtubs during bathtub refinishing also adds a deep cleaning component to the process.
Which helps to remove in bedded containment’s, like bath oils, conditioner, soaps and body oils that can prevent the coating from adhering.
The acid that works on porcelain and enamel bathtubs is hydrofluoric acid or HF Acid, the concentration we use is 10%.
Approximately 2 cups are required. Once finished and the acid has done its job, is harmlessly diluted, neutralized and washed away with water.
The HF Acid Etching Bathtubs does not harm plumbing at all, as Miracle Method claims; it will remove the plating on drains and overflows that are not chrome, so we protect these or remove them prior to application of the acid.
Is it dangerous? Not when used by a trained professional. As with all the chemicals required to refinish tub and tile, gloves, air supply, ventilation equipment and proper masking to protect other fixtures are required.
And as always be sure the company you hire has Workman’s Comp. Just ask for a “Certificate of Insurance”. Sole proprietors are not required to carry it.
Why would we go to the trouble, expense and training if it did not provide a benefit to you?
Using misleading information, to promote their process really ticks me off. Any intelligent person can understand the benefit of having mechanical adhesion by abrading – etching.
Tub Potion # 8 “Silane Coupling Agents” which provide “Chemical Adhesion” by attaching to the surface on a molecular level.
By utilizing Silane and HF acid will provide you with both forms of adhesion “Chemical and Mechanical“.
Now add Tub Potion # 10 polyester bonding primer, this gives you what I call triple adhesion.
This makes an incredible foundation for Tub Potion # 13 protective polyester hybrid topcoat.
It’s an aliphatic (non-yellowing) 2 component chemically harden coating, highly scratch resistant and lies flat as glass.
You’ll enjoy the look and feel of porcelain it provides and the ease of keeping your bathtub or tile looking new and enjoy extremely long lasting results. When done properly, the TubPotion process simply will not peel.
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HF Acid Etching Bathtubs by Paul A. Burns