- HOW DO I RECAST A TUB WITH SURROUND?
The way we resurface Tub and Surround Units on a pro installation is by mixing and pouring 2 Ekopel kits starting at the top of the unit.
2 kits need to be used at once and walls must be leveled out quickly to prevent drip marks.
The full instructions are listed in our surround kit product listing. We also have a Bathtub & Surround Kit video posted under our Training Resources tab.
- CAN I RECAST A SHOWER STALL OR STAND UP SHOWER WITH EKOPEL?
We recommend using a tub kit and a sink kit for refinishing showers. (1.5 gallons total)
However, this may leave drip marks due to the thickness of Ekopel, so sandpaper and a touch-kit is also recommended as a backup.
- CAN I RECAST TILE WITH EKOPEL?
The way we recast a Tub with tile surround using a pro installation is by mixing and pouring 2 Ekopel kits starting at the top of the unit.
2 kits need to be used at once and walls must be leveled out quickly to prevent drip marks.
The full instructions are listed in our surround kit product listing.
- CAN I USE EKOPEL ON ANY BATHTUB?
Ekopel adheres to any bathtub substrate: cast iron, steel, previously painted, ceramic, and fiberglass.
- CAN I USE EKOPEL FOR ACRYLIC (PLASTIC) BATHTUB?
Ekopel will adhere to acrylic bathtubs only if the walls are solid and do not bend. If the bathtub's walls are thin and can be bent by hand pressure, we do not recommend using this material because there is a risk of cracking/peeling
- HOW MUCH EKOPEL DO I NEED TO RECAST THE BATHTUB?
In order to recast a standard size bathtub, 1 kit of Ekopel is needed. For a tub with surround walls you would need 2 Full Kits.
- MY BATHTUB IS LARGER THAN STANDARD SIZE (GARDEN TUB/ LARGE 2 PERSON JACUZZI). HOW MUCH EKOPEL DO I NEED?
Our set is designed for a standard bathtub. In your case you need one full size Gallon Kit and additional 1/2 Gallon size Kit
- I WANT TO RECAST A SHOWER PAN. HOW MUCH MATERIAL DO I NEED?
To recast a shower pan our 1/2 Gallon Kit will be the perfect size.
- WHAT DO I NEED ADDITIONALLY TO RENOVATE BATHTUB?
For your convenience, we put together basic materials and tools into Ekopel 2k Set. Additionally, you will need: a roll of masking tape, roll of plastic or paper to protect the floor, blow dryer/Heat Gun, a knife, a brush to wash the bathtub, paper towels, and a solvent (isopropyl alcohol or acetone) to clean possible dirt or run off. We recommend to use clothes that do not mind to get dirty.
We also have our Pro Install Kit available.
- HOW DO I PREPARE MY BATHTUB FOR EKOPEL PRODUCTS?
Remove all items from the bathroom (towels, bathrobes, personal care products) into a closet and vacuum thoroughly the walls, ceiling, shelves and other places where the dust could be. This will help to avoid dust getting into the coating. Close the window so that insects would not fall on the coating as well. Prevent animals from entering into bathroom during work and after, while the material is getting dry. Maintain the temperature in the bathroom no less then 72 Degrees for one day before the work, at the time of the work, and within 24 hours after applying the material.
- HOW DO I PROPERLY MIX EKOPEL BATH REFINISHING PRODUCTS?
Before the beginning of work, place a component A into a warm place for 24 hours (for example, near to radiator). This will facilitate the mixing process. The thick component A must be mixed thoroughly with the liquid component B. Pour the entire component B into the bucket with component A. To mix use a wooden stick. Stir for 10 minutes. Pay special attention to the sides and bottom of the bucket to make sure that there is no remains of unmixed material on them. Then, in 5 minutes, mix the material again for 2 minutes. Thereafter, the material is ready for application. For additional information, please see the video how to mix the material.
- SHOULD THE SILICONE BE REMOVED FROM THE EDGES OF THE BATHTUB?
Yes. Silicone must be removed completely. If the material is applied on a surface where silicone is not removed, the material may peel off.
- WHY DO FISH EYES DEVELOP IN AN EPOXY OR POLYURETHANE COATING?
When a coating is applied to a substrate that is contaminated with low surface energy particles such as oil, wax, grease, or silicone, fish eyes may develop in the coating as it is applied. These fish eyes are produced because the coating is unable to wet out the contaminated area. Learn More
- IS IT NECESSARY TO REMOVE SOAP SCUM AND LIMESCALE FROM THE BATHTUB?
Yes. All Soap Scum and Limescale must be removed. To do so, we recommend scrubbing with lysol power toilet cleaner. If the cleaner does not completely remove the limescale, the remains should be cleaned by using sandpaper.
- SHOULD I REMOVE OLD BATHTUB PAINT BEFORE APPLYING EKOPEL BATH PRODUCTS?
Yes. Paint which peels off from bathtub should be removed in order for the new layer to have a good adhesion and does not peel off in the future.You can scrape peeling areas then sand with 220 grit paper to smooth out chips and edges. If paint continues to peel or wont smooth out using a paint stripper to fully remove is recommended.
- SHOULD I REMOVE RUST BEFORE APPLYING EKOPEL BATH PRODUCTS?
Absolutely. Rust must be removed. Use sandpaper then wash well before coating the tub.
- CAN EKOPEL REPAIR CHIPPED BATHTUB SURFACES?
No, the material should be used only to refinish the bathtub as a whole. In order to repair a chipped surface, you need to use our Ekopel 2K Touch Up Kit
- MY BATHTUB HAS CHIPS, GROOVES, CRACKS. WILL THIS MATERIAL COVER THEM?
If chipped surface then they need to be filled with Epoxy or Bondo filler (it can be purchased separately in any DIY-store ). After Epoxy or Bondo dry up, make this area even, by using sandpaper.
- CAN SILICONE BE APPLIED ON THE MATERIAL?
Silicone can be applied to the hardened material.
- MY BATHTUB HAS SOME PLACES WHERE ENAMEL IS WORN DOWN TO THE METAL. DO I NEED TO DO SOMETHING EXTRA?
The Ekopel will seal and bond directly to the metal. Before applying, make sure that rust is removed. Grooves can be leveled using bondo or epoxy.
- WATER FROM A CLOSED FAUCET LEAKS INTO THE BATHTUB. WILL IT INTERFERE WITH THE RECASTING?
It is necessary to eliminate the leakage, or turn off the water during the work and drying period to prevent water from getting on the bathtub surface.
- HOW TO APPLY EKOPEL BATH REFINISHING MATERIALS?
Pabrec Ekopel is poured onto the bathtub, then leveled out with a foam roller.
Be sure to watch our in depth video walkthoughs to learn all the tips and trick for best results.
- PROPER EKOPEL PART A VS PART B PROPORTIONS?
The amount of components A and B inside the package is clearly calculated for mixing. Mixing ratio by weight (A:B) = 100:17
Packaging is typically sized for full kit use.
- WHEN SHOULD THE MASKING TAPE BE REMOVED FROM THE BATHTUB?
Masking tape, which is glued to the wall of the bathtub and located above the coating, should be removed immediately after applying the material. The masking tape, which protects the bathtub's "front apron" as well as tape covering the drain should be removed after the material stops dripping, which is about 5-6 hours after application.
- WHEN CAN I USE THE BATHTUB AGAIN AFTER APPLYING EKOPEL?
After 24 hours, if the temperature in the bathroom is no less than 72ºF, the material becomes sufficiently hard enough to take a bath. If the temperature is 70ºF, than bathtub can be used in 36 hours after application.It is recommended to place pots, bottles with shampoo, and clean pets in the bathroom, in 7 days after application. Usage of colorants, such as hair colorant, various products with colorant which are used for taking a bath can be used in 14 days after application.
- CAN THE WINDOW BE OPENED WHILE THE MATERIAL IS DRYING?
We do not recommend opening the window, because dust, dirt and insects can get onto the surface that has not yet dried up.
- WHAT SHOULD BE DONE WHEN DUST OR INSECTS HAVE GOT ON THE SURFACE OF THE BATHTUB?
To remove an insect easily, heat this place by blow dryer and remove the insect with a sharp object. After cooling, polish this place with a soft cloth with rubbing compound. If a deep hole remains, use our ekopel touch up kit to repair. Places where a lot of dust can also be polished with a soft cloth and rubbing compound.
- I DISCOVERED PAINT RUN, DRIPS OR BUMPS AFTER APPLYING EKOPEL. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Drips, sags, irregularities can be levelled, using 400 grit sandpaper, and then sand these places with a soft cloth and rubbing compound. If the defects have not disappeared, then another way to fix the bathtub is to sand down the whole unit smooth and recoat with a full kit of Ekopel 2k.
- I DROPPED A HEAVY OBJECT IN THE BATHTUB AND A CHIP IS APPEARED. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
The chip needs to be repaired immediately. If this is not done, water can get through the chip under the paint and the Ekopel could peel off. To repair the chip, use our Ekopel Touch Up Kit.
- HOW TO CLEAN EKOPEL OFF OF WALL TILES, FLOORING, OR DRAIN?
If the material has not yet hardened, it can be cleaned with acetone or isopropyl alcohol. If the material has hardened, heat this place with a dryer and scrape the material with a knife.
- SHOULD THE DRAIN BE DISCONNECTED?
If it is possible to disconnect the bath drain, we recommend doing it. As a rule, the plastic pipe can be possible to disconnect independently through the access panel. If you cannot remove the bath drain, then close the drain hole as discussed next.
- HOW TO PREVENT EKOPEL FROM GOING INTO THE DRAIN?
At first, fill the drain hole with a paper towel. Then, seal the bathtub drain tightly with the masking tape and carefully cut the masking tape along the contour of the bathtub drain. Disconnect or seal the upper part of bathtub drain pipe with the masking tape.
Creating a tape or plastic cup dam also helps keep ekopel off of the tape to make final steps a little faster and easier.
- HOW TO CLEAN AND MAINTAIN YOUR NEW TUB AFTER EKOPEL REFINISH?
We recommend scrubbing bubbles and tilex to our customers. For in depth cleaning magic eraser works well also. Any acrylic safe non abrasive cleaner is the best option.
Long term we recommend quarterly polish coats with our Bathtub Wax. This helps keep the tub easy to clean and prevents the need for hard scrubbing which wears down the shine over time.
- PROPER BATHTOOM TEMPERATURE FOR APPLYING EKOPEL?
You should maintain at least + 72ºF one day before and during work. It is also recommended to heat the material to + 75-80ºF by placing a bucket with component A inside the sink with hot water or placing the bucket next to the radiator a day before use.
- ARE EKOPEL REFINISHING PRODUCTS DANGEROUS TO HEALTH?
The material has been tested by the German Institute ISEGA and complies with the standards DIN EN 71-3 (Safe for children) and it is harmless when it comes into contact with skin. During the mixing and application of the material, we recommend using standard protection equipment for skin, eyes, and respiratory system.
- DO EKOPEL BATH REFINISHING PRODUCTS SMELL?
The substance does not have caustic taste; the smell is very light, not intense. It does not absorb by clothes and disappears quickly.
It smells like spray cleaner, once mixed well any smell disappears.
- WHERE SHOULD CONTAINERS BE DISPOSED?
Cured material can be disposed as general household waste. Mix residues of liquid components together and, after curing, dispose it as household waste.
- WHAT IS THE EKOPEL EXPIRATION DATE? HOW TO STORE PROPERLY.
The shelf life is 2 years. Store the product in a dry place, in a firmly closed container, at the temperature +50 to +70ºF. If the product gets frozen, it must be stored in a warm place for 24 hours before it can be used.
- IS IT POSSIBLE TO COLOR YOUR HAIR IN THE BATHTUB?
It is allowed to color your hair in the bathtub in 14 days after the application the material. However, it is necessary to wash the bathtub immediately after using the colorant so that the colorant does not go into the material.
- IS IT POSSIBLE TO USE COLORED BATH ADDITIVES (SALT, FOAM)?
It is allowed to use bath additives in 14 days after application of material. However, it is necessary to wash the bath after their use to prevent the paint to get into the material.
- WHAT COLORS DOES EKOPEL COME IN?
Tints are only available if you ask. Tints are $50.00 and all our tints are non refundable and non returnable. We can tint Ekopel to be Light Grey, Dark Grey, Almond, and Bisk. To order a tint call or email us.
- HOW LONG DO EKOPEL BATHTUB COATINGS LAST FOR?
The coating can last for 15-20 years or more if all recommendations for applying the material and careful operation of the bathtub is complied.
Avoiding abrasive cleaners and quarterly polishing and continue Ekopel's life indefinitely.
- YELLOWISH STAIN AFTER EKOPEL APPLICATION?
Yellowish stains are caused by not mixing the product well enough for long enough. The Part B will rise to the top hence the yellow spots. To get rid of the stains you can try a Mr. clean magic eraser and baking soda. That is the only thing we have found that will remove the yellow stains.