I have purchased an old house in southern Vermont that doesn't seem to have
a straight line anywhere. The bathroom shower is in poor condition-- old
plastic tiles. The shower is not standard by any measure and it has a small
crank window. I am looking for any suggestions for wall surround products
that I could use to replace or overlay on the tiles. I would like a product
that is fairly easy to work with to deal with what will be a custom
project--- cut in for window, etc. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
The PVC surrounds available at any home center should fit the bill. The
3 piece units are easy to work with. Just take your dimensions with you
when you go.
If the plastic tiles are loose, you'll have to remove them.
I just put in a surround 2 weeks ago. Similar situation. I removed the
plastic tiles (the old surround pulled off about half of them). I then
put masonite over the wall to bring the wall level with the tiles that
were left above and around where the surround would go (Panel adhesive
and a few screws until it set) The panel was easy to cut for the window
and then the special panel adhesive for surrounds.
Overall about a 3 hour job (Including 2 trips back to the store for
masonite and more panel adhesive)
Just did one myself two weeks ago also- not a right angle in sight,
uneven walls, odd heights. I used the least expensive styrene (plastic)
model- a 5-panel kit, not the 3-panel. The 5-panel is easier to handle,
cut to fit, and adjust into odd areas without straight lines or accurate
Get plenty of extra panel adhesive, I used 6 tubes, and could have used
another for some added comfort-zone.
As NJBrad says- get rid of any loose tile or other stuff on the walls. I
scraped off any leftover adhesive from the last install, cleaned
everything before installing, and made a cardboard template for the
Couple of tips that worked for me, YMMV: forget the tub & surround self-
stick trim. It's overpriced and never fits where you need it. Get the
3.5" rubber baseboard self-stick trim. About 1/2 the price, more colors,
trims down easily. Duct tape the tub drain & overflow before removing
anything from the existing walls.
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