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Bathtub refinishing is a great way to add not only a new style to its fading luster, but to add years to its life. In the past, acid etching was the standard method of refinishing a bathtub, but it is often considered dangerous now. Why? Here is what you need to know about this technique, why it is dangerous, and an alternative option.
What Is Acid Etching?
Acid etching is the act of applying hydrofluoric acid to your
It has been used for years by various design experts, due to its quickness and efficiency, but lately has fallen out of favor. The reason for this is simple: acid etching has a variety of dangers that make it a flawed choice for bathtub refinishing.
Why Is It Dangerous?
The reason that acid etching is
Naturally, any professional acid etching session will use a variety of safety protocols to help protect you and your family from dangers. However, when the etching is finished, the acid is often flushed down the tub, which could cause corrosion in your pipes and even dangerous chemical reactions.
What Alternatives Are There?
If you are concerned with the dangers of acid etching as a bathtub refinishing option, there are alternatives. Some experts may suggest that you simply buy a new bathtub, but this isn't always financially feasible. Though brand-new bathtubs can cost as little as $200, the cost of installation fees average out to about $2,878 nationally, and can top $8,000.
However, it is possible to refinish your bathtub by simply adding a few coats of primer and paint. This process requires carefully covering the bathroom with heavy plastic sheets to avoid staining, sanding the last surface finish
To learn more about your alternative options to acid etching, talk to a professional right away. They can help steer you towards an option that works for your needs and give you the bathtub that you deserveShare
7 June 2016