Adding thin bricks (Veneer) to the front of my fiberglass tub insert?


I am wanting to add a box of brick veneers or thin bricks to the front of my fiberglass tub insert With a wood frame wanting to use liquid nails instead of caulking or morter. I would caulk around edges. I have seen this done with Airstone on Hometalk, but how do you think this thin brick would work?

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  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Jul 07, 2020

    Is it lightweight? I'd be worried about the weight.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jul 07, 2020

    Hi Nancy, hope this gives you some ideas, I think it will look great!

  • Cindy Cindy on Jul 07, 2020

    Hi Nancy. Will the tiles be attached to a wood frame? If yes, then go ahead and use the liquid nails. Doing it this way, you will be able to change it out if you want to in the future. Good luck Nancy.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jul 07, 2020

    If the surface of the brick veneers is rough, I would advise you against trying to stick them on to the side of the tub. The unevenness and small crevices will be a magnet for lint, and germs bacteria to harbour.

    Being so close to the toilet, it will be very difficult to keep the side of the tub clean and sanitized.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 08, 2020

    Can you? Yes, you can. But, you will have a rough, textured surface that will be hard on skin and hard to clean. Maybe take a look at some smoother materials for this? Good luck and stay safe!

  • William William on Jul 08, 2020

    Yes you can. But consider what others are saying about the rough surface and cleaning. Better off using something smoother. Peel and stick tile comes to mind

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 08, 2020

    The brick veneers are pretty, we have them in the kitchen and they are tough to keep clean and dust free. You might want to re-consider and investigate something that is not so high maintenance. Plus it is a rough surface that could scuff up skin.

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Jul 08, 2020

    Those thin bricks are at least half the width as regular bricks. I don't think they will be too heavy considering you are making a frame for it. You should probably attach it to a wonderboard though.

    Definition from google:

    WonderBoard is a cement-based backer board mainly used for tiling in wet places. When you lay down tile, you need a backing base—a "backer"—that will accept the thin set mortar.

    As for using liquid nails: I found this article:

    How To Install Brick Veneer - Liquid › how-to › install-brick-veneer-m...

    However in a bathroom Liquid Nails may have issues with the moisture. Here is some chatter about it..........

    As for using liquid nails in a bathroom - use on shower tiles:

    I found this QUORA response:Eric Elford -25 years construction experience, gen. Contractor, renovator, licensed

    "You shouldn’t as it’s not designed to be moist all the time, whereas mortar will hold the tile and yet will let water trickle through it down to the base and (hopefully) out.

    That’s how mortars and concrete work! Water wicks through it. Most people don’t realize that and caulk the base of their showers with silicone - which holds that water in the wall because now it can’t escape. Then the wall starts to rot and mold. People always wonder why there’s black mold in behind their tub caulking, and that’s why. Anyways, getting off track.

    Don’t use liquid nails for that please."

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 08, 2020

    Hello Nancy,

    Don't use it on your bath panel if it will be flexible as they will drop off. I would also use a sealer on the brick slips as otherwise they will take in the damp from the air etc. Best wishes with you project!

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jul 08, 2020

    If you google it pictures come up with brick around tubs