Herald JournalHoward Lake-Waverly Herald, Aug. 19, 2002

Howard Lake man opens bathtub refinishing business

By Lynda Jensen

Bathtubs are the specialty of Howard Lake resident Mark Trump, as part of a new Howard Lake-based business.

Trump refinishes bathtubs as part of Trump's Porcelite Bathtub Refinishing Company, which he operates out of his home at 1102 Shoreline Drive.

"Refinishing a tub, when compared to replacing, is much less expensive, cleaner, more convenient ,and less time consuming," he commented.

The process is done with the tub in place, which takes about half a day, and makes the bathtub look and feel like new when the process is done, he said.

Refinishing is done by a process that involves a number of steps.

First, Trump takes off the top layer of the tub, which removes the nonpourus part of it, he said. Next, he sands it, and then applies two coats of primer on it. The final step is to apply three coats of a top coat.

Color is no problem for Trump. "We can make absolutely any color under the rainbow," he said; although 95 percent of his work involves white tubs.

Trump's formula for success is based on a process started by a company in 1976 called the Porcelite Bathtub Refinishing Company, based in the Twin Cities.

The process is time-tested and works for nearly anything, including showers, sinks, vanities, and ceramic tile, he said.

This process works on porcelain, fiberglass, and acrylic tubs, he said. Most tubs are made of porcelain, he noted.

"We even have a process to take old kitchen counters and make them look like granite," he said.

Trump has done work in Annandale, Rochester, Faribault, New Ulm, Waseca, Northfield, and Morris, and of course, Howard Lake.

His coverage area is western and southwestern Minnesota.

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