How to Cover Edges of Tub Surrounds How to Cover Edges of Tub Surrounds
Learn to cover edges of tub surrounds so that they can blend into your bathroom ambiance. A bathtub surround is the perfect way to protect your bathroom walls and create a cozy feel. Take a relaxing soak in the tub and enjoy the new environment without worrying about water damaging your bathroom walls after following the steps below.
Step 1 - Fill Gaps With Caulk
After attaching the tub surround to the wall, look for gaps. Point your caulking gun at the gap and apply a bead of caulk. Use the putty knife to push the caulk into the gap and smooth the visible surface. FIll all of the gaps and wait for the caulk to dry before continuing to the next step.
Step 2 - Prepare the Area
You will be working with the wall just outside of the edges of your tub surround. This wall area should be cleaned with a wet cloth before you start any work. Remove all dirt and debris. Cover your bathtub with plastic during the tiling process so that it isn’t harmed or dirtied by the tiling materials.
Step 3 - Set the Tiles
We will be covering the edges of the tub surround with tile. Apply tile adhesive with a trowel. Press each tile into place from the ends into the center. For the corners, use a tile cutter to score the tiles to the appropriate size. Hold the 2 sides of the tile firmly when you break the unnecessary piece. Tile spacers should be positioned on all 4 sides of each tile. You can tile up to the height you desire. Leave the tiles and their spacers for 12 hours before continuing
Step 4 - Grout the Tiles
Purchase waterproof grout. Pour it into a container and use the putty knife to mix the compound with the appropriate amount of water based on the manufacturer’s instructions. After removing the tile spacers, apply the grout to the gaps with a rubber float.
Push the grout firmly into the spaces. Use the rubber float to smooth the visible surface. Excess grout should be periodically wiped with a clean, wet cloth. Leave the grout to dry for at least 12 hours.
Step 5 - Caulk the Joint
Use the caulking gun to add the finishing touch. Apply a bead of caulk to the joint between the tub surround and the first layer of tiles. Doing so ensures that water will not enter. Use the putty knife to smooth the visible surface. Wait for the caulk to dry before using the shower.