Portland area expert bathtub refinishers discuss techniques
Portland bathtub refinishers
Dan Ness, owner
5663-C N.E. 105th Ave.
Dennis Paulus, co-owner
Advanced Bathtub Refinishing
Mike Flynn, owner
Stanley Ave. Tub Company
8600 S.E. 82nd Ave.
What services do you offer?
Dan Ness: "We refinish tubs and showers - fiberglass, metal, plastic, porcelain and tile."
Dennis Paulus: "Bathtub and tile refinishing and claw foot tub restoration."
Mike Flynn: "We also sell tubs and hardwood plumbing for antique tubs."
What's the advantage of refinishing a tub rather than replacing it?
Dan Ness: "To replace a bathtub, you have to tear the entire bathroom apart. It isn't cheap."
Dennis Paulus: "Price."
Mike Flynn: "Usually it's cost-saving, and it's more convenient, too."
Are there any type of tubs you can't refinish?
Dan Ness: "No. We can do them all."
Dennis Paulus: "No, not really. There are certain things that shouldn't be done more than once, like fiberglass."
Mike Flynn: "Not really."
What's the average price range?
Dan Ness: "A standard built-in bathtub runs $450. There are variables on top of that."
Dennis Paulus: "It varies, depending on repair work and stuff like that. A tub starts at $275."
Mike Flynn: "It's about $400 to $600. There can be a few variables."
How long does the refinishing process take?
Dan Ness: "It takes two days. The first day usually runs about five hours, and the second day is about two."
Dennis Paulus: "On a basic tub with no repair, about two or two and a half hours."
Mike Flynn: "Six to eight hours."
What type of paint do you use and what colors can people choose from?
Dan Ness: "Basically it's an acrylic urethane. We can do any color."
Dennis Paulus: "It's an acrylic-based product. I offer white and different shades of almond. If people want specialty colors, I can order them."
Mike Flynn: "Urethane over epoxy. They can choose from any plumbing company's colors."
How far in advance should customers call you to schedule service?
Dan Ness: "Usually three or four days."
Dennis Paulus: "They need to call at least two weeks ahead to get the appointment they want."
Mike Flynn: "Right now, three or four weeks."
Is it true that refinishing a bathtub has a strong odor? What do you do to help alleviate this?
Dan Ness: "We ventilate with a special fan."
Dennis Paulus: "I have an exhaust fan with a tube I take out an extra door or window."
Mike Flynn: "We use a big fume exhauster."