Ultimate Reglaze: Putting a new finish on bathtubs, ceramic tile


By Nancy Brumback, Contributing Writer

Keith Tetreault, owner of Ultimate Reglaze. Photo/submitted
Keith Tetreault, owner of Ultimate Reglaze. Photo/submitted

Business name: Ultimate Reglaze

Address: 130 Gardner Rd., Hubbardston, MA

Owner: Keith Tetreault

Contact Information: 508-596-1119



What does Ultimate Reglaze do?

“We refinish bathtubs, ceramic tile and fiberglass tubs. We coat over the existing fixture with a urethane acrylic finish similar to car paint but designed for bathtubs,” said Keith Tetreault, who bought the business nine years ago and operates it with his three sons, Scott, Kyle and Jared.

“The refinishing lasts 10 years or more. I refinished a tub in Milford that had been refinished 21 years before. It still looked quite good, but they wanted it even shinier.”


Why do customers choose to refinish fixtures?

“Most of our work is changing the color. The 1950s, “60s and “70s were a wonderful boon for refinishing because today most people want some shade of white. We refinish over pink, blue, avocado green and harvest gold, as well as just worn-out porcelain bathtubs.

“We can go into your 1950s bathroom and refinish both the tub and the ceramic tile. Then all you need to do is repaint and put in a new toilet and vanity, and you have virtually a brand-new bathroom for a fraction of the cost of gutting and redoing the whole thing. We can do sinks but they get more challenging use so we usually recommend replacement. The finish we use is designed to get wet and dry, not be submersed, so we can's do toilets.

“Refinishing can take away the objections when owners are looking to show an apartment or sell their house. In the case of buyers who want both a brand-new kitchen and a brand-new bathroom, we can give them a virtually new bathroom, then they can put all the money they want into the kitchen.”


What does it cost to redo a typical tub?

“A normal bathtub is $399, a fiberglass one-piece tub and shower is $625,” he said. “We do all our work within two weeks of a phone call.

“We can refinish with any color the customer would want. The finish needs to dry overnight before the tub is used.”


Do you also do kitchen sinks?

“We can, but kitchen sinks get a different kind of use. Most of the time when we do a kitchen sink, the customer has inherited grandmother's house and wants to preserve the old porcelain sink that they love. But when someone drops in a fork or a knife, it can shorten the life of the finish. I tell people this finish is like a car finish, so if you wouldn's do it to the hood of your car, don's do it to your sink or bathtub.”


What geographic area do you cover?

“Primarily central Massachusetts. We do individual residences, apartment complexes and work for housing authorities.”

Additional information on reglazing is available on the company's website, www.ultimatereglaze.com or by calling 508-596-1119.


Editor's Note: The preceding is not an endorsement and is presented for informational purposes only.

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