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Old Tom
Cracked shower pan

Does anyone know where I can buy the materials to properly repair a cracked plastic shower pan? All I've been able to find are either videos showing how to do it, or links to people to hire to do it, but no resources for the DIYer. I want to do it right, not just an automotive Bondo job. I've seen clips on either fiberglass layers sanded and finished with an epoxy paint or applying a sheet fitted to cover the whole bottom, adhered and blended at the edges. Both look good, but I can't find where to buy either. The manufacturer doesn't offer anything and I don't want to replace the unit since that involves tearing out and patching tile on the walls which could just cause a new problem!

Old Tom :confused:

Gizmo
Re: Cracked shower pan

Are you going to foam underneath? Im not so sure a repair will work if you dont

Old Tom
Re: Cracked shower pan

The base already has a foam base under it. I've seen some videos that show adding foam, but I'm not sure if there's any room to add more. I would consider it.

Old Tom

dj1
Re: Cracked shower pan

Stores carry repair kits, if you search you can find them.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Cracked shower pan

As a contractor I would never do this to someone's home, knowing the high risk of failure.

Be aware what you are looking for is a bandaide solution and not a true repair. If you're happy with that, go for it.

A. Spruce
Re: Cracked shower pan

Look in the paint section of any hardware store, you'll find fiberglass repair kits. Here's the thing, if you want a professional job, hire a professional. The videos make it look easy, but there is far more to it than goobering on the goo and slapping in some fiber mesh, particularly when it comes to the top coats and finish. I am a professional and I'd still leave this to someone who does it every day. For around $350, you can get the crack repaired and the entire shower pan resurfaced, it will look almost as good as new and carry a warranty. For $20 you can attempt to do it yourself and get mixed results.

dj1
Re: Cracked shower pan
HoustonRemodeler wrote:

As a contractor I would never do this to someone's home, knowing the high risk of failure.

Be aware what you are looking for is a bandaide solution and not a true repair. If you're happy with that, go for it.

I think that OLD TOM is aware of this, and is willing to do a temporary repair, to avoid an expensive solution.

A $25 repair kit is substantially cheaper. But I wouldn't do it because the leak will return very soon and the repair job will look awful.

Old Tom
Re: Cracked shower pan

I feel confident that if I can find the correct materials I can do a good job with this since I am a general handyman by trade. I have over 40 years of experience in a lot of areas and am a quick study in the things that are new to me. I do as much research as possible before tackling something new. My biggest problem at this point is that all the searches of plumbing supply houses and web sites has turned up blank for proper materials so far. I'm wondering if the pro refinishers have a proprietary lock on them.

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