Second life for a shower enclosure


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Old 06-03-05, 07:55 PM
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Second life for a shower enclosure

I bought a 25 year old townhouse that had renters in it for the past 10 years (at least 5 different families).

The shower enclosure looks bad but has no cracks. It is dirty, stained, scratched and is an eyesore. Unfortunately, it has a 30 inch wide opening so it won't go out the door and I can't justify the cost of putting in a complete new shower stall considering the lack of use it will get.

What are my options to give this a second life? I can live with the color it is now.

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If you have no problems showering in it knowing all the people that have showered in it recently, go for it.


I guess it wouldn't be a health problem, just personal reasons.
 
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Have you thought about trying a car buffer with polishing compound? You could start with a coarse grit compound to take out the scratches and stains and then work to a fine grit to poish it. I suspect that you will never get a finish which cleans easily, since the buffer will actually leave fine scratches, but it will look better, at least temporarily. There is a product designed I think for marble and acrylic tubs which is supposed to provide a shinier easier clean surface which you could try as a final step.
 
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Originally Posted by DUNBAR PLUMBER
If you have no problems showering in it knowing all the people that have showered in it recently, go for it.


I guess it wouldn't be a health problem, just personal reasons.

How do you shower at public pools or gyms?
 
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Old 06-23-05, 08:43 PM
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What about a tub liner? I can't vouch for the quality because I've never actually seen one in practical use, but I know there are comapnies that make a custom-fit lining for bathtubs to make them "look new". Maybe they could do a shower too?
 
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Old 06-24-05, 07:40 AM
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Liners are awful.

There are companies that come in and prep your tub/shower unit and spray coat it with an epoxy. Looks like new. Longevity is not so good ( 1 to 3 years of daily use), but in your case this might be the best solution.

No problem getting the old unit out if you want to replace it. Take a sawzall to it. Put in a new tub and tile the wall.
 
 

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