We own a house designed by Benjamin Dombar, who was one of Frank Lloyd Wright's first apprentices. The bathrooms, laundry room and kitchen were all done in vitrolite. Right after buying the house we were able to get a large quantity of vitrolite that was covered in silicone and deep water spots. We knew to razor blade off the silicone, but nothing seemed to work on removing the water spots. I talked with Tim several times about what we could use to remove the water spots. He directed us through a series of chemicals starting with the mildest and working up. Towards the end of our quest Tim recommended cerium oxide, which we were able to order, on line from a distributor, and using cerium oxide, and a lot of buffing, using a drill with a buffing disc, and an electric buffer we were able to get the ground in water spots off the tiles
Without Tim's advice and guidance we would never have had any luck getting the water spots out, and would not have been able to us our extra vitrolite. Today we are installing a new kitchen, but keeping and adding to the vitrolite tiles that were such an important part of the design of our house back in 1958.
Tim was unbelievably generous, not only with his knowledge, but with his time, in guiding us through this process. If you have a problem with vitrolite Tim Dunn is the man to resolve any issues with vitrolite
Tim and I spoke about a month ago about loose Vitrolite tiles in the Greenwich Odeum in Rhode Island. Thanks to your help, Tim, I was able to reinstall them. I have never tiled ANYTHING before in my life. They look good - getting the glazing "balls" the right size is an art that I have not yet mastered. While it doesn't look "perfect", I can rest assured that they will not fall down, which is a huge plus.
Rather than tearing down all of the Vitrolite you made it possible for us to save it! Thank you!
Kevin M. Rhode Island
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Tim has tackled yet another Vitrolite project for us and once again he has done a glorious job. We are both thrilled and how lucky we are to have Tim Gunn living in St. Louis. Val and Todd Terry
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Tim is the best. I had several questions about Vitrolite in a Vaudeville Theater in my town. We have some tiles that are starting to come loose. Tim talked me through the restoration process- how to get the tiles down off the wall and how to put them back up. Tim's site is just like Vitrolite - a rare gem that is incredibly hard to find. If you need Vitrolite materials and assistance with your project FEAR NOT! you have found Tim and he's going to help you!!
Kevin M., Rhode Island
I contacted Tim recently for some advice on replacing the old grout in our Vitrolite bathroom. He responded very promptly to my emails and recommended a couple of products to meet our needs. I'm really glad I found him. There is no one out there like him.
After days of hit and miss research [Goggling], finally identified the material used in my Art Deco baths; and consequently the Vitrolite Specialist. Tim reconstructed my twelve glass walls, replaced what was broken or missing, and pointed so that they looked like they must have in 1927. That work has become a focal point of the apartment and a story that I never tire of telling.
Tim is much more than the expert in Vitrolite. This man is a true artist, an artisan of the old world where every aspect of the job is considered, weighed and then acted upon…very carefully. He takes infinite pains to make certain everything is correctly done the first time. If it’s not up to his demanding standards then it is simply re-done…and that’s that.
The time and effort he puts into every job, regardless of its size, is extensive. Nothing is left to chance. His skill in matching the exact color required is exceptional. He is willing to spend hours tracking down the best match for your particular project from his vast collection of Vitrolite.
We have been thrilled with the results of Tim’s, Hank’s and Harry’s work on our 1929 house…kitchen and bath. Both rooms retained their original Vitrolite, but we needed to repair, alter and augment what was there. Tim and crew did an absolutely magnificent job and we cannot recommend them highly enough.
Val and Todd Terry
Val and Todd Terry
Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Tim knows what a good sort he is! He is just delightful to do business with. His mastery with vitrolite is a miracle -- at least for our 1929 apartment. The only shock I experienced, with having work done in our antique bathroom, was that I couldn't wait to pay the man! He is so dedicated to quality and I was thrilled I had someone so qualified do the restoration. My husband and I were very impressed!
LJSteger -- Chicago, IL
Where do I start? Tim, his helpers Hank and Harry are wizards when it comes to anything Vitrolite!
I am restoring a 1935 home which has Vitrolite in the Master Bath. Unfortunately time and abuse had taken its toll. After hiring Tim's company I now have a bath whose Vitrolite tile looks as good as the day it was installed!
What is wonderful about Tim is his vast knowledge, skill and inventory of Vitrolite which he tapped for replacement tiles to damaged areas.
His love of Vitrolite is contagious, so much so I am now going to install Vitrolite as my kitchen tiles in my restoration. Tim and company are in my book master craftsmen whose love of their work shows in the final product. I recommend them without hesitation and with great enthusiasm.
You are free to contact me concerning my experience with the Vitrolite Specialist
Christine - Florissant MO
Tim Dunn is an honest man, and he knows everything there is to know about Vitrolite!