How to Install a Vinyl Tub Surround


A low-maintenance option to protect the walls around your tub from moisture is a vinyl tub surround. These three-piece sets can be less expensive than installing a tile surround and are definitely a project a do-it-yourselfer with basic skills can handle.

Things You'll Need

  • Tub enclosure
  • Flat bar
  • Hammer
  • Trowel
  • Construction glue
  • Caulking and gun
  • Knife
  • Scraper
  • Straight edge
  • Remove the shower fixture cover plate and spout,and any towel and soap bars.

  • Start at one corner and pry the old enclosure away from the wall, Keep a steady amount of presure and using a pry bar or scraper force the enclosure away from the wall.

  • Remove all old caulking from the tub with a scraper and clean surface. Make any necessary repairs to the wall.

  • Apply the adhesive to the wall with a 1/4-inch V-notch trowel covering the entire area.

  • Start applying the corner pieces first then make your cut outs for the shower fixture. Apply the front,back and side pieces.

  • Work all the bubbles out of the glue by applying preasure to the enclosure. Use a rolling pin if necessary.

  • Caulk all seams and areas that come in contact with the adjacent walls and tub.

  • Assemble and caulk the shower fittings and install your curtain. Wait four hours and your tub is ready for use.

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