How to Reglaze Sliding Shower Doors

What You'll Need
Tempered glass cut to the shower door size
Paper towels

Sliding shower doors make it easy to get into and out of the shower. The problems come when you need to reglaze them. The doors might have become chipped or broken and will need to be replaced. It can seem like a challenging job but, in fact, it’s not too difficult. It just takes patience and a few simple tools.

Step 1 - Removing the Old Doors

Inspect your shower doors and you’ll see that they both run on two tracks with one on the top and one on the bottom, much the same as a sliding patio door. You’ll need to remove both of them in order to reglaze them.

Start with the front door. Grip it on either side, about 2/3 of the way up and lift it slightly wile you also push the top away from yourself. This should slip it out of the top track. Keep holding it and push down a little, while at the same time pressing the bottom on the shower door away from you. This will release it from the bottom track.

Lift the sliding shower door out and put it to one side. Repeat with the other sliding shower door.

Step 2 - Removing the Frame

If you inspect the frames of the sliding shower doors, you’ll see that the corners have miter joints with the screws tightening the sections on the outside of the frames. To get to the glass, start by loosening one of the two small screws on the outside of one corner and pull the frame apart on that corner.

On the opposite corner, loosen one of the screws. This will enable you to remove the frame from the glass. Work it out slowly. There should also be a rubber seal all around the glass to hold it in place to make a watertight seal. Work this off the glass and set aside with the frame, making sure you also keep the screws you’ve removed.

Repeat this procedure for the other frame until both sliding shower doors are empty. Dispose of the old glass responsibly.

Step 3 - Installing New Glass

Before you start to install the new glass, inspect the frames to make sure the grooves where the glass will fit is free of debris. Clean out if necessary. Now, work the rubber seal around the new glass until you’ve got it fitted around all the edges. With the glass flat on a table and with one long and one short side hanging over the edge, work the two sides of glass into the frame. Work slowly while gradually pushing until the glass is as far in as it can get.

Now turn the glass over and work the other half on the frame on. Push the corners together and tighten the single loose screw. Repeat on the opposite corner and check to ensure everything is square. Repeat on the other sliding shower door.

Step 4 - Fitting

To fit the new sliding shower doors, start with the inside door by hanging the top first then lining up the bottom of the shower door so the wheels fit in the tracks and the door moves easily. Repeat for the outside door. Use glass cleaner and paper towels to clean the sliding shower doors to finish.