How To Repair a Fiberglass Shower
A fiberglass shower is a lightweight addition to install in a bathroom, but over time and frequent use it can begin to develop some wear patterns. It may even crack. Instead of replacing the entire shower unit, however, most cracks can be effectively repaired. Here is how you can make that happen.
1. Clean Out the Fiberglass Crack.
The fiberglass needs to be completely clean so it can be repaired. You'll want to wash it out, then sand it out, then blow it out with a can of compressed air, and then wash it out one more time. Allow to air dry or use carefully use a hair dryer.
2. Apply Fiberglass Mesh if Necessary.
When a crack is more than 0.25 inches wide, then it will need to be reinforced in order to be properly repaired. Pick up a piece of fiberglass mesh to place over the repair site. For deep cracks or actual holes in the shower, multiple layers of mesh may be necessary. Fiberglass cloth is also a viable solution.
3. Mix Together a Tinted Epoxy.
You'll be mixing the sealant for the repair, which is usually an epoxy mixture. Most are tinted to match the color of the shower fixture already. Press it into the crack or cover the fiberglass mesh. Smooth it down to create a seamless repair. Allow to cure up to 24 hours.
4. Sand Down the Repair.
Once the epoxy resin has completely cured, you will need to sand down the repair site until it is flush with the rest of the shower. Use a damp cloth or compressed air to remove any dust. Now apply a second layer of the resin, but without any thickener. Allow to dry and repeat this step.
5. Buff It Out.
Once the final layer has been added, using a buffing compound to restore a glossy appearance to the shower. This may take two or three attempts to restore the luster of the shower. For darker fiberglass units, one pass is usually enough to get the job done. Don't spend $1,000 or more to replace a cracked fiberglass shower. Purchase a repair kit and follow these steps today to quickly repair the shower over the course of a weekend.
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