Despite its durability, fiberglass is not completely immune to damage. Even a bump from an elbow can result in a hole in your shower enclosure, leaving you wondering how to fix it. Fortunately, a few different repair options are available, depending on the severity of the damage. For small cracks and chips, a simple patch kit should do the trick. However, if the damage is more extensive, you may need to replace the entire panel.
Alternatively, you could consider fiberglass shower refinishing as another option for repairing your damaged shower enclosure. The team of experts at Specialized Refinishing Company can make quick and seamless repairs using a gel coat and simple refinish technique that will make your shower look brand new again.
In either case, it’s always best to consult with a professional before proceeding with any repairs. They’ll be able to assess the damage and recommend the best course of action. If you’re uncomfortable making the repairs yourself, they can take care of it for you.
Common Problems With Plastic Shower Walls
If you have plastic walls in your shower, here are some of the issues you might come across:
- Cracks are one of the most common problems with plastic shower walls. They can be caused by anything from age to impact damage. Cracks can range in size from small hairline cracks to large fissures that run the length of the wall. No matter the size, all cracks should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage and leaks.
- Stains are another common problem with plastic shower walls. The cause of stains can range from soap scum to mildew and mold growth. They can be difficult to remove and may require special cleaners or scrub brushes. If stains become too difficult to remove, the shower walls may need to be sanded down or replaced entirely.
- Peeling is usually caused by age or poor installation and should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage and leaks.
How to Repair Small Cracks and Chips
If the damage to your plastic shower wall is minor, you will likely be able to repair it yourself with a patch kit. These kits are typically available at your local hardware store and have everything you need to make a seamless repair. Simply follow the instructions included with the kit, and voila—your shower will be as good as new in no time.
To begin the repair process, thoroughly clean the area surrounding the crack. This can be done using a rag and isopropyl alcohol.
Next, mix the epoxy paste from the repair kit with the hardener according to the instructions provided. Use a putty knife and carefully trowel the paste into the crack while removing any excess material as you go along.
Allow time for the paste to set before sanding it flat with 400-grit sandpaper, which is typically included in most kits.
Finally, restore the surface sheen by applying a small amount of automobile wax and buffing it up with a buffing cloth.
For larger cracks and chips, however, you’ll need to replace the entire panel. Learn how to remove plastic shower walls, or ask for help from our professionals. They’ll be able to remove the damaged panel and install a new one in its place or help fix the old shower. Once again, your shower will look good as new.
Let Us Help You
No one likes dealing with damaged walls, but there are some easy ways to repair them. For small cracks and chips, a patch kit should do the trick. If the damage is more extensive, you may need to replace the entire panel or let the Specialized Refinishing Company fix the broken shower wall. In either case, it’s always best to consult with a professional before proceeding with any repairs.
In the past, repairing a fiberglass shower meant using an unsightly patch that was often ineffective or having to replace the entire unit altogether.
Instead, our skilled professionals can provide a speedy and efficient repair that will blend in perfectly with the rest of your shower while lasting just as long. For a fraction of the cost of replacement, Specialized Refinishing Company offers professional services to repair, restore, refinish, resurface, reglaze, and recolor your fiberglass bathtub or shower.