April 21, 2024
Carrollton craftsman welcomes home challenges

CARROLLTON — If it’s a really hard area, Kevin Allen can refinish it.

“I’ve resurfaced just about all the things that has a tough area in a household at some point,” reported the 61-12 months-old Allen, the operator of Midstate Resurfacing. “It will take some skill, but in the close you have a wonderful final result.”

The Carrollton man specializes in resurfacing bathtubs, counter tops, cabinets and tile, but will function with any tough surface area. He acquired into the business a number of yrs in the past right after he had turn out to be “burned out” with his 30-12 months occupation as a design superintendent. 

“I desired to do one thing on my own, so I appeared all over for diverse items to try out and stumbled throughout bathtub refinishing,” Allen claimed. “The current market was not flooded with persons performing it, the do the job was indoors so it could be performed 12 months-round, and it just seemed like a little something I could do that would be pleasurable to study.”

Allen found that the tactics utilized to resurface bathtubs could be utilized to other hard surfaces, so he does a great deal of function on kitchen and lavatory cupboards, tile surfaces, and counter tops as properly.

“I can replicate stone finishes on counter tops to make formica glance like granite,” Allen explained. “There is some artistry to it, you have to have a some skill and acquire your time. It took a small teaching and follow up front for me to get to this issue.”

Bathtub refinishing involves a ton of planning operate prior to the remaining finish is used.

“I go in and thoroughly clean it, just take all of the caulking and chrome off, make repairs if there are any chips, and then spray it with an epoxy primer and let that dry,” Allen said. “Then I spray it with a catalyzed urethane which is made for a bathtub. It requires four to 5 hrs to do a standard bathtub and when I get done it appears like a new tub.”

Allen makes use of a respirator mask and constantly helps make guaranteed his get the job done location has plenty of air flow, because the specialised products he applies by spray are dangerous if inhaled. 

“With spraying you get more of a factory complete, it lays down easy and even, much more than you can do with a brush or roller,” Allen reported. “I use solvent-dependent components on all the things with a catalyzer that gives it a lot more of a tough, manufacturing facility complete. It lasts a large amount extended than any of your water-based mostly things.”

Allen mixes the finish and catalyzer on web-site and have to use the resulting solution within a specific volume of time or it will no for a longer period be feasible.

The planning get the job done for refinishing cabinets generally takes a lot more time than the genuine end spray do the job.

“Taping off all of the perimeter that you don’t want the spray on, that is the biggest component of it,” Allen reported. “If the cabinets have been concluded just before, you need to have to use the appropriate products so they really don’t have a chemical response to it.”

“I thoroughly clean the cabinets, make any required repairs, key them, sand them, and then spray coat them,” Allen said. “It takes a very little ability and there is additional function to it, but in the finish it is a greater final result.”

Allen approaches each individual job as a unique challenge.

“Porcelain bathtubs are all quite a lot the exact, just various designs and colours,” Allen stated. “But cabinets, counter tops and tile are all special due to the fact they are all in distinct dimensions and styles and built of distinct products.”

Allen has worked with consumers who observe his each go as effectively as individuals who never. 
“Whether shoppers glance in excess of my shoulder the full time or depart me on your own to operate, I never brain possibly kind,” Allen reported. “It doesn’t trouble me if they want to look at me operate.”

Offer-chain problems are affecting Allen’s organization just like they are impacting other sectors of the residence design and mend field. 

“The company I employed to get my bathtub product from, last calendar year at a person position they were being wholly shut down and I could not get material simply because their complete company experienced COVID,” Allen explained. “So I switched to a diverse item which I actually like far better. The stuff I’m progressing into comes from Italy.” 

“Costs are up simply because shipping costs have very a lot doubled,” Allen stated. “I spend hazardous material expenses for the things I have shipped so it is expensive in any case.”

Allen’s most exceptional refinishing career to date included resurfacing two baptismal tubs in different churches.

“I did just one a few many years back and believed that would be the 1 and only, then about two yrs ago I bought a connect with from a different church wanting the exact factor,” Allen claimed. “Those are child of exceptional.” 

Allen grew up in the Sangamon County neighborhood of Buffalo and his spouse Tina grew up in close by Auburn, exactly where they lived for a although. The couple relocated to Athens and then moved to Carrollton to be closer to Tina’s family. The Allens are now building a new home just exterior of Carrollton on property wherever Tina’s 79-year-previous mom resides. 

Allen has no regrets about his chosen line of do the job and only needs he experienced started off carrying out it at a young age.

“I will hold carrying out it as very long as I am equipped to,” Allen explained.