How do I Repair Chipping in a Shower Stall?


Chips in shower stalls or bath tubs are easily fixed, whether you are fixing acrylic or fiberglass. If you're not worried about the aesthetic look, a simple dab of silicone-based caulk can stop any potential leak from the chipped area. However, a more long-term fix is easy and affordable by purchasing a tub-repair kit. These kits are available at most do-it-yourself stores, and take little time and effort to apply them.

Things You'll Need

  • rag
  • white caulk
  • tub-repair kit
  • sandpaper (600 grit)

Quick Fix With Caulk

  • Wipe the area thoroughly with a rag to free it of all dirt, or moisture.

  • Squeeze a small amount of white caulk over the chipped area. Smooth out the caulk over the area using a finger. Make it as smooth as possible.

  • fWait for the caulk to dry--up to 24 hours--before using the shower stall. For longer-lasting and more aesthetically pleasing results, use a tub-repair kit.

Using A Tub-Repair Kit

  • Thoroughly clean the area around the chip. Also make sure there is no moisture around the chip.

  • Mix the coloring, resin and hardener. Follow the packet's instruction.

  • Apply the mixture over the chipped area, and feather out the edges--that is, decrease the thickness of the mixture away from the chip. Smooth out the mixture as much as possible so it looks pleasing to both the touch, and eye.

  • Wait for the mixture to dry. (See packet directions). Then lightly sand the area using sandpaper (600 grit wet/dry) and water.

Tips & Warnings

  • The tub kits usually have applicators for applying the mixture to the chipped area.
  • Always follow the instructions on the tub-repair kit.

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