Buying a fiberglass shower stall is highly recommended because bathroom fittings and units made of fiberglass are proven to be strong, attractive and cost effective - all of which are important considerations to keep in mind while remodeling and reconstructing. Fiberglass units are generally sturdy pieces and can be used for a longtime, but they are vulnerable to some basic wear and tear in the form of cracks and tiny breaks. Instead of letting these cracks and breaks stay unattended and escalate into a bigger problem, it is advisable to repair them at home. The most common repair required with a fiberglass shower stall is that with the shower pan. Shower pans can always be replaced if the damage is extensive but if it is containable most people are of the opinion that repairing them at home is cheap and effective.
Step 1: Buy a Fiberglass Repairing Kit
The first step is to buy a fiberglass repair kit. These kits are easily available in any and every hardware store and are affordably priced. These kits are a package of goods such as fiberglass cloth, hardening solution and fiberglass resin that are all needed while repairing a fiberglass shower stall. The correct usage and handling of these items is described on a manual that comes with the kit. This manual must be read carefully and instructions must be taken note of before beginning the repair process.
Step 2: Begin with Safeguarding the Surroundings
Repairing a fiberglass shower stall can be a messy job so it is important to first ensure that none of the surrounding fixtures and fittings is open to getting damaged by the byproducts of the project. Covering everything in sheets of plastic and drop cloths is a simple and effective way of safeguarding all nearby surfaces.
Step 3: Sandpapering the Cracks
Begin by using the coarse sandpaper to brush the cracked area and the nearby region around it. One should sandpaper in a radius of approximately 2inches in the area surrounding the cracked portion.
Step 4: Preparing the Cover and the Resin
Cut a piece of the fiberglass cloth that is a little smaller than the crack. Follow this up by cutting two more pieces that are smaller than the first piece. Also mix the resin with the hardening solution in the right proportion. Dip the patches into this mixture.
Step 5: Covering the Crack
Starting with the smallest, cover the crack with the 3 cloth patches. This layered covering needs to be allowed to stay untouched for 8 hours so that it can dry.
Step 6: Tempering the Patches
This next step involves rubbing the patches with sandpaper and then wiping them with a damp rag. Then the marine plastic filler should be spread onto the surface with the putty knife. Using the paint roller, apply a layer of the gel coat to this region. Allow it to cure over 24 hours. Using the wet sandpaper, brush the surface again and then wipe with the rag. Repeat with a sandpaper of higher grit worth and repeat this process till the blending is complete, and the crack merges seamlessly into the rest of the structure.