How to paint tub surround walls?


"They" said the walls would never yellow, but they did! Now we're stuck with them. Literally, they are glued to the walls! I was wondering if I could use rustoleum spray paint for plastic to whiten them again. I know about the tub and tile epoxy, we refinished our tub with that. Huge tub and oooollllld, don't ask, but I was hoping there was a quicker, easier, fix that would last. Haha, I don't want a lot, do I! Thanks for your knowledge.

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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Dec 05, 2018

    Just know the paint is not a permanent fix, will eventually peel and you'll have a bigger mess than yellowed walls.

  • Judy Judy on Dec 05, 2018

    Latagn, the discoloration can come from your cleaners you use. Just check the manufactures directions before you paint. It might be able to be cleaned once again.

    • Latagn Latagn on Dec 29, 2018

      The discoloration is from light (not even bright sun) coming through the window. Think like the old white computers and monitors-just yellowed and got nasty. I blamed my poor kids for a while until I noticed is was just in the areas where the sun light from the window was.

  • V Smith V Smith on Dec 11, 2018

    Talk to folks who know about painting boat hulls. There is a paint for everything, but you have to put the right ones together. If this surround absolutely must stay then don't be stingy with time, money, or the stink of it. BUT also look into the option of pulling it out, replacing the wall board, and putting something you love on the walls. It could be a more efficient way of getting what you want.

    • Latagn Latagn on Dec 29, 2018

      This is a good idea. I never thought of boat paint in the bathroom! It will be a very difficult task to take it out because our house is o-l-d!!! Cement board half way up the wall and lath and plaster the rest of the way up. once you start with ripping out the o-l-d stuff, it usually involves way more problems than you are trying to fix in the first place. Been there.