Large gap around vinyl tub surround.

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Old 01-10-14, 11:40 PM
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Large gap around vinyl tub surround.

I recently started remodeling my bathroom and installed a 3 piece tub surround and tub directly to the studs and put up all new Sheetrock. The problem is I have a 1/2" to 3/4" gap between the shower surround and the Sheetrock. I realize now that I probably should have just butted the Sheetrock right up to the protruding portion of the tub surround but it's too late for that now. I think the gap is too wide to caulk but not sure. Any suggestions?Name:  image.jpg
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Old 01-10-14, 11:44 PM
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I overlapped the tub surround flange about halfway but did not completely butt it up to the lip of the surround.
 
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Old 01-11-14, 04:06 AM
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At this point I would be picking out molding to trim the edge of the surround and conceal the gap.
 
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Old 01-11-14, 04:10 AM
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What thickness sheetrock did you use?
Why would not be using moisture resist sheetrock in that wet area?
And yes way to big a gap.
First place it's going to fail and will look like poop with caulking that wide if it's left exposed.
May want to play around with the idea of a tile border.
 
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Old 01-11-14, 04:36 AM
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I've seen more than one vinyl surround bordered by tile. If you use molding, make sure it's plastic and not wood! IMO primer and latex enamel gives the drywall all the protection it needs from moisture.
 
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It is 1/2" green rock, it's just already painted. I think I may have come up with a solution, I put in 1/2" foam backer rod in the crack and got some trim to bridge the gap then fill the void with caulk. Think it will turn out ok? Name:  image.jpg
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Old 01-11-14, 04:22 PM
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That's door stop moulding.
You really do not want a wooden moulding right there.
 
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Old 01-11-14, 04:32 PM
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It's that foamy stuff. You think I should try to find something plastic?
 
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Old 01-11-14, 04:35 PM
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If you wanted to fill in the gap by finishing the drywall, you will need to prefill that gap with an Easy Sand Durabond, and then once that's dry, flat tape the joint with paper tape and joint compound, bed the tape with an additional coat of Durabond, then float that out with a wider knife and regular joint compound, sand and apply an additional skim coat if needed. The resulting joint would then need a fine bead of a paintable bathroom sealant like Polyseamseal.
 
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Old 01-11-14, 05:23 PM
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The foam trim you picked should work fine for many, many years. It can be attached with an instant type adhesive like Power Grab if you don't want any nail holes. Or, just nail it in place like traditional molding. If nailing be careful not to dent the trim or if using a nail gun turn down the power so you don't shoot through it.
 
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