If the tile walls in your shower area look dated or are in bad shape, consider installing a shower or tub surround. This unit updates the area without the cost of demolishing the existing bathtub structure. Simply affix the surround to existing walls or tile to create a new and updated look. Surrounds are also much easier to clean than tile walls, reducing bathroom maintenance time.
You will need:
• Shower or tub surround
• Adhesive compatible with surround
• Course sandpaper
• Bathroom caulk
• Jigsaw or hole saw
• Spackling compound
• Spackling tool
• Utility knife
• Plumb bob
Step 1: Remove the faucet handles, waterspout, soap dish, and other shower accessories, using the screwdriver, sledgehammer, or other required tools.
Step 2: Use the spackling compound and tool to repair damaged areas of the wall. If the surround is being installed over ceramic tile, use coarse sandpaper to scuff the tile walls. This makes it easier for the surround adhesive to grip the surface.
Step 3: Clean joints between the wall and the tub. If necessary, recaulk this joint.
Step 4: Use the carton from the shower or tub surround as a template to mark locations for the waterspout, facet handles, and accessories that will protrude through your bathroom wall. Cut these sections out of the carton with the utility knife and use the pieces to identify locations for holes in the shower or tub surround panels.
Step 5: Cut the appropriate holes in the panels, as indicated in Step 4, with the jigsaw or hole saw.
Step 6: Follow the installation instructions provided by the surround manufacturer, holding the panels in their place on the shower. Verify that the holes made in Step 5 are in the correct locations.
Step 7: Have someone hold the panels in place. Use the pencil to mark the top and sides of the panels on the bathroom walls. Ensure that each panel is plumb and level. Check the installation instructions to identify the tool to cut a panel. Some manufacturers recommend a utility knife, while others suggest a jigsaw. Use the tool to cut any panels that do not fit into the shower footprint.
Step 8: Follow the surround installation instructions to apply the adhesive to the shower walls. Some instructions recommend exposing spread glue to the air prior to adhering the panels. This enables a strong bond.
Step 9: Attach each surround panel to the shower walls as directed by the manufacturer. Allow adequate time for the adhesive to dry, per the product directions. This ensures that the panels stick to the wall correctly.
Step 10: Replace the waterspout, handles for the faucet, and other accessories and hardware.
Step 11: Use the bathroom caulk to seal all the joints. Follow the product instructions regarding drying time before using the shower or tub.