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
- 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.
- "Home Improvement 1-2-3"; Benjamin W. Allen, Christopher Cavanaugh; 1995
- Photo Credit Shower image by Semfamily from Fotolia.com
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