Don’t let a dingy fiberglass shower pan scare off potential home buyers. If you’ve tried cleaning it, but it still looks drab, you don’t have to replace it. If you are handy and careful, you can repaint it yourself!
Most importantly, arm yourself with proper respiratory protection, eye protection and rubber gloves.
Besides safety gear, you will need: caulk remover, 320-grit sandpaper, isopropyl alcohol, a lint-free cloth, a wet-vac, a bucket, muriatic acid, a scrub brush, painter’s tape, epoxy-based primer, a paint sprayer, epoxy-based paint, and shower/bathtub caulk with built in fungicide.
Preparing The Pan
First, remove old caulk. You might need to apply caulk remover to soften it up if it won’t come out easily. Once you’ve removed the caulk, clean the area with isopropyl alcohol using a lint-free cloth. Then, sand the surface of the shower pan using 320-grit sandpaper. When you finish sanding, use a wet-vac followed by a tack cloth to remove the dust. Fill a bucket with warm water and a couple of capfuls of muriatic acid. Then use this mixture to scrub down the pan with a scrub brush. After that, rinse it completely and allow to dry. Once it’s dry, tape off the areas of the shower that you do not want to paint.
Painting The Shower Pan
Add some epoxy primer to a paint sprayer. Test it to make sure it sprays evenly. If it does, prime the fiberglass pan. If it doesn’t, use some epoxy paint thinner to it until it sprays smoothly. Start off using a low-pressure setting. Increase the pressure as you go along. Use slow movements. Spray about one foot from the surface. Overlap the edges of the strokes for complete coverage. Then, allow the primer to dry.
Once it’s completely dry, use this same method using an epoxy-based paint. Let the whole shower pan dry for 72 hours. Then, remove the tape.
All that’s left is re-caulking the pan! Allow the caulk to dry, and then enjoy the look of your seemingly brand new fiberglass shower pan!
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