Installing 3 pc tub surround over existing tile

Old 03-11-15, 04:47 PM
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Question Installing 3 pc tub surround over existing tile

Is there any reason a person could not install a 3 piece tub surround over an existing tile surface? The tile around my tub is all in good condition, but I am tired cleaning the white grout and there are no shelves for shampoos, etc.

I'm assuming that construction adhesive would adhere to a clean, dry tile surface with no problem after washing down the tile with TSP solution and wiping off with alcohol and a rag.

As anyone attempted this before?

Old 03-11-15, 05:10 PM
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In theory, yes, but look at alternatives to assist in keeping your current clean. It will be difficult to revert back once you move forward. The surround will not be maintenance free, it will also involve cleaning on a regular basis, require that you keep on top of caulking, etc. Many of the 3 part shower walls are specifically designed for certain tubs. The cheap, thin, flimsy ones are what you would be looking at for your situation. And, you don't use "construction adhesive", you use shower panel adhesive which is specifically designed for the task.

Have you sealed the grout in your shower to help it resist staining? Has your shower been caulked with the correct sealant to prevent mold/mildew from staining it? Do you leave the shower door/curtain open after use to promote drying of the area? Do you regularly use a ceiling exhaust fan to pull moisture out of the bathroom to prevent mold and mildew growth?

In short, maybe you need to do things differently rather than try to just cover it up.
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I agree 100%.
First thing I think when someone does that is there covering something up.
I've never once seen or heard of anyone use TSP to clean grout.
Use real grout cleaner (an acid) and seal the grout.
Grout is porous, left unsealed it's going to build up soap scum and mildew.

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