Expert bathtub refinishers discuss their techniques
Salt Lake City bathtub refinishers
Jay Bagwell, owner
Matt Pams, owner
Salt Lake City
Jim Daneals, owner
Artistic Bath & Kitchen
What services do you offer?
Jay Bagwell: "We do surface restoration for bath and kitchen countertops, showers, tubs, sinks, tile, cultured marble, fiberglass and porcelain. We also do handicap accessibility modification on tubs."
Matt Pams: "We resurface tubs, countertops, cabinets - everything."
Jim Daneals: "We refinish tubs, tile and kitchen countertops. We also do tub conversions and install liners."
What's the advantage of refinishing a tub rather than replacing it?
Jay Bagwell: "First and foremost is the cost. The time factor is No. 2. You can refinish a tub in a day, whereas replacement takes several days."
Matt Pams: "Downtime is the biggest one. It's two days for refinishing a tub instead of two weeks - or, in some cases, two months - for replacing it. It's also very cost-effective."
Jim Daneals: "Refinishing takes three hours. You also don't have the cost of pulling the tub out."
Are there any type of tubs you can't refinish?
Jay Bagwell: "No. We can even refinish plastic."
Matt Pams: "We can resurface anything."
Jim Daneals: "I can do any tub."
How do you charge for the job and what's the average price range?
Jay Bagwell: "A standard tub that needs very little repair work runs about $445."
Matt Pams: "A standard tub is $295."
Jim Daneals: "A standard tub is $359."
What type of paint do you use and what colors can people choose from?
Jay Bagwell: "We use a high-quality, high-solids polyurethane. They can choose any color they want."
Matt Pams: "We use a polyacrylic urethane. We can get any color they want, but I typically use white or almond."
Jim Daneals: "We use acrylic urethane in any color you can think of."
What makes your company different or better than the competition?
Jay Bagwell: "The biggest factor is our proprietary bonding agent. Miracle Method pioneered chemical bonding in 1979. We will polish, sand and buff the tub so that it looks like a new tub."
Matt Pams: "Quality is very important for us. We also take care of our clients and we give them a lot of information."
Jim Daneals "Honesty and experience. I've been doing this for 23 years. It's my business and I want to make sure it's good. Do it once and do it right."