Installing A Shower Panel

What You'll Need
Caulk gun
Silicone caulk (color matched to panels)
Tape measure
Utility knife
Adhesive (included with the shower panels)
Putty knife
Shower panels
Electric drill
Hole saw adapter for drill

There’s a quick and easy way to waterproof the walls of your shower and bath area: a shower panel. Shower panels are made of fiberglass and protect the walls of your shower and bathroom from water damage. In addition, shower panels are much less expensive than traditional wall tiles and are much easier to work with. In addition to the manufacturer’s instructions, here are some steps to help you make the process of installing shower panels go a bit more smoothly.

Step 1– Inspect the Shower

Inspect the walls of the shower area to ensure that there is no water damage present or is not otherwise in need of repair. If the walls do have water damage or need to be repaired, you must do this before installing the shower panels. The wall must be completely dry before you can begin attaching the panels to the walls.

Step 2– Preparing the Shower

Remove the handles from the faucets or valves as well as the inlet pipe cover and shower head. Before continuing, only the pipes themselves should be exposed and not any handles or coverings. If possible, remove the angled piece of pipe for the shower head – so that a short straight pipe only is exposed.

Step 3– Measuring

Measure the area of the wall in the area where the faucets, inlet pipe, and shower head are located. Measure the distances between the fixtures and the sides of the wall; then sketch a diagram of the pipe layout out on a new sheet of shower panel. Make sure that the distances from the edges of the panels match the measurements from the shower.

Step 4– Cutting the Shower Panel to Fit

After you measure the area of the shower that contains the faucets, about handles and shower head, holes for the inlet pipes. Also, cut or trim the shower panel so that it matches the width of the shower wall. It is really important that your measurements are correct before cutting out the holes for the pipes. Alternatively, you can use a large sheet of cardboard to first create a template for your shower wall, with the pipes, and then use this to indicate where the holes should be drilled or sawed. When using the whole salt to create your holes in the shower panel, start your cuts from the front side of the panel as this will ensure a smoother and cleaner cut.

Step 5- Attach the Panels

Refer to the manufacturer's instructions, and attached the three shower panels in the order described in the injunctions. To attach the panels, apply the adhesive on the back side of each panel, and firmly press the panel against the wall. Usurer hands to press the pedal against the wall, and make sure that you press firmly on all areas of each panel.

Depending upon the type of abuses supplied by the manufacturer, the adhesive may require time to set up before attaching the panels to the wall. Again, refer to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 6– Caulking the Shower

Using your caulk gun and silicone caulk, caulk around the shower and make sure to fill all seams and edges with the silicone caulk.

Step 7– Finishing Up      
Re-attach the faucet handles, valve handles and shower head.

Installing shower panels is not a very difficult task, and almost anyone can do it. Using this handy guide will make the task a little easier. However, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s included instructions exactly.