Asked on Jan 18, 2019

How can I cover a sliding glass tub track?

Anne Watson
by Anne Watson

In the house I just purchased, the bathtub used to have those sliding glass doors on it. They were removed to accommodate a seat across the tub so an elderly lady could sit above the tub for ease of getting in and out. I need to know how to put something over these "rails" so I can safely put my foot up on the side of the tub to dry my leg. Is there anything that can cover these rails. They are permanently attached to the tiles and the tub. See photo.

Any ideas would be appreciated.



Track attached to tiles.

Track attached to bathtub.

  5 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Jan 18, 2019

    I just used a wash rag. But they can be easily removed. They are only screwed into the grout line and caulked onto tub. Just remove the screws and cut the caulk and pull off. Clean off the grout, and touch up hole in grout wth grout or caulk. We do it all the time.

    • Peggy Peggy on Jan 26, 2019

      Exactly how to solve this. And it's not difficult.

  • Bbunny42 Bbunny42 on Jan 18, 2019

    I took my doors out too so that I could more easily clean the tub. I just prop my foot on the inside of the rail on the tub, but mine may be set up differently than yours. I used to bathe my 50-lb. male dog in the tub in the winter and had to be careful putting him or out not to "drag" him across the tracks. I finally made a sling out of a towel and it worked like a charm. Ha, ha. He never could figure out how he ended up in the tub, but once in he stood like a statue. He's a hoot; my rescue dog.

  • William William on Jan 18, 2019

    Kelli is correct. They are not permanent. They can easily be removed. The ones on the wall are screwed in. Fill the screw holes with caulk after unscrewing them. The one on the tub is caulked on. Just pry it off. Use something plastic like a credit card to scrape off the caulk.

  • Jill Ron Pike Jill Ron Pike on Jan 18, 2019

    Getting under the ones attached with grout will be tricky. I used dental floss and a metal drywall blade to get under mine. The grout can then be scraped or sanded off the tub and the tiles after you pry off the rail.

  • V Smith V Smith on Jan 18, 2019

    In my sisters house they were installed with something like liquid nails. The aluminum was easy to remove but the residual adhesive is work to remove.