Clawfoot tub refinishing - synthetic porcelain vs. thermo-glaze?

kimrisekMarch 22, 2012

We are nearing completion on our gut rehab in Chicago, and need to make a decision about what process to use to refinish the interior of our 100-year old clawfoot bathtub. The widely used industry standard seems to be "synthetic porcelain", which as best as I can tell is paint, essentially. My research has shown that there is no way to actually "restore" porcelain, but there is one refinisher here in Chicago that uses a process called "thermo-glaze", which he purports to be as close to original porcelain as possible. If that is the case, then I think it is the way to go. Does anyone have any knowledge and or experience with this technique and how it compares to the standard synthetic porcelain? Here is the website of the thermo-glaze company and the description of the process:

http://www.aarcobaths.com/services

We have taken such care with this tub, and we don't want to "cheap out" now! We had the feet sandblasted and chrome-plated. You can see the beautiful results, and other pictures of the renovation, here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/20595563@N06/6858500531/

Any and all advice/input will be greatly appreciated!

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