Why Is Prepping The Drain A Critical Step?

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Why Is Prepping The Drain A Critical Step?

Why is prepping the drain before you refinish your tub or shower important? Prepping your drain before you refinish is a critical step because, if you get Ekopel 2K in your drain it will harden like cement. Hence causing the drain to not work, and the tub will fill with water rather than drain down the drain. If you get Ekopel 2K in the drain here are a few tips on how to fix it; First you could try to heat up the drain area with a heat gun or hair dryer. Then try to score around the drain with a razor blade. If this doesn't work you can try to use a dremel tool and chip/cut it out. If this doesn't work then you would need to call a plumper to replace the pipes. This is why we tell you to either use the tape or cup method. When taping you can do two different things. First thing you could do is tape the drain hole with painters tape. You could also tape the hole and make a tape dam. To make a tape dam you would tape, in a circle around the drain and make the tape stand up. So you would tape the tape half flat, to the bottom of tub around the drain. Then the other half would be standing up. This will prevent Ekopel 2K from getting in your drain and destroying your pipes. You would remove the tape in 5-6 hours after you have applied Ekopel 2K. If you remove the tape late like 24 hours later, the tape will be stuck and hardened to the finish. To fix that you would heat up the area with a heat gun or hair dryer, and score around it with a razor blade. The other method you could use is the cup method. You would take a plastic cup and place it over the drain. You would remove the cup in 5-6 hours after the Ekopel 2K has been applied. The only problem that people have run into with this method is the cup can move or create an indent of the cup. To fix that you can hand sand it smooth or sand it level with 220-320 sandpaper. If you want to bring the shine back you would sand with 220-320 sandpaper then double it, to 600, and then 1500 grit sandpaper. Next use a car buffing compound to bring the shine back. The best way to understand how to buff is to, watch a YouTube video on how to buff a drip mark out of a car. This will teach you what you will need to know about buffing. There is one last option for refinishing with the drain. If your tub isn't yet installed in your bathroom you can, put something underneath the drain to catch the Ekopel. You would refinish the tub normally but allow the martial to flow down the drain. But you will want to make sure it smoothly flows down the drain. If it doesn't smoothly flow down the drain you will run into cemented ekopel in the drain. The only reason this method would be okay is because there are no pipes to get filled with Ekopel 2K. Now you know the importance of prepping the drain, and what can happen if you properly prep the drain.

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  • Nanci Cieslak

    I watched 5-6 times your most recent YouTube installation video. This was my first time, I felt confident & applied the Ekopel tub kit.
    I want to mention that while I was searhing for Ekopel installing videos, i did not see a ‘common problem’ video.
    So my take away is this:
    1. I would like the video to explain the importance of some of the techniques used An example is why it is important for the installer to continuely pull up the material on the tub side walls (as I now know, this is to insure good coverage (when the product dried, I had a condition I’ll call Fish Eyes where the product did not completely cover & color of the base tub showed thru in circles (fish eye). I sanded and recoated the area to fix.
    2. I see the material has ‘runs’ or drips. I now realize that i needed to continuely pull up the material on the tube side walls to keep level on the tub walls. I sanded & recoated to repair.
    3. The drain: people need to completely understand the impact of the material leveling & the drain & be better informed as to how to keep the drain area from getting filled. I did use the tap & covered but overnight the taped drain filled up & now is hard as a rock . I did cut out the drain hole but the silver collar is coated & tape is underneath so I dont know if this will cause problems later.
    These problems need to be talked about while the video shows the installer working. These are important points. also a video is needed as to how to repair
    Im not sure I will do this again. It’s very messy & I can see practice makes perfect but how many tubs would I need to do to be good?
    thank you

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