Equipment, Supplies, and Training for the Professional Refinisher

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How to Refinish Tile

Tile reglazing

Customers frequently ask us how to resurface tile, how to refinish tile and how to glaze tiles. Tile refinishing, also known as tile glazing, is the process of making old tile look new. If properly done with quality materials, by a professional refinisher, the result will be tiles with a durable, like-new finish.

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Tile reglazing before Tile reglazing after

How to Refinish Tile 1st Step: Site Preparation

The first step in how to refinish tile is site preparation. The surrounding walls, floors, sink, toilet, tub and windows need to be protected.
How to Resurface Tile 2nd Step: Damage RepairThe second step in how to resurface tile is repairing damage. Your tile may be damaged or the grout may need some work.
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Personal Protection

Chemicals are used throughout the process and some of them are quite strong with potentially serious health side effects. Protection from possibly harmful fumes is extremely important. Methylene chloride, a chemical frequently used in strippers, can cause headaches, dizziness, eye, nose and throat irritation. Exposure to high concentrations in an enclosed area can even be fatal. Paper or cartridge masks are not sufficient protection. A fresh air breathing system is recommended. A professional exhaust system is also recommended to vent fumes from the rest of the house.

How to Glaze Tile 3rd Step: Etching

The third step in how to glaze tile is etching. Roughing up the tile permits the coating to properly adhere. If this isn't done correctly the final coating may quickly start to peel. Professional refinishers have the knowledge and skills to get this done right.

Tile glazing before Tile glazing after

How to Resurface Tile 4th Step: Primer

The fourth step in how to resurface tile is priming. Primer can be applied with a brush, but the final result will look like it has been painted on. A trained technician applies primer with a professional-grade air brush system.

How to Refinish Tile Final Step: Final Coat

The fourth step in how to resurface tile is priming. Primer can be applied with a brush, but the final result will look like it has been painted on. A trained technician applies primer with a professional-grade air brush system.

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