Asked on Mar 09, 2018

How to update a fiberglass shower insert?

Cheryl Anderson
by Cheryl Anderson
I would like to try and update the shower insert without having to remove it - any ideas?

  6 answers
  • Laura Jo Lubeck Laura Jo Lubeck on Mar 09, 2018

    Maybe add some sticky colorful stickers made for that purpose. Home Depot or the other big box stores have scenery or window decals. I would do it on the outside glass so it stays dry.

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 09, 2018

    Found this little article

    A. Yes, this can be done fairly easily. I have done several over the years. Preparation is the key here and if steps are skipped, the quality of the end result will be substandard.

    Step 1. Sand the entire area to be painted with 320 grit Sandpaper [linked by editor to product info at Rockler], you don't want to sand through the gel coat you simply want to sand until it hazes over and the finish becomes dull.

    Step 2. Clean the shower with Muriatic Acid [linked by editor to product info at Amazon] to remove all of the dust. Then rinse the entire thing with water and let dry completely.

    Step 3. Painting. Use a good quality primer first then use a good epoxy based paint in the color of your choice. Rustoleum makes an appliance paint [ Rustoleum "appliance paint"] which works perfect for this application.. The only draw back is the only colors are white and almond. I have used oil based paints before as well with a satisfactory result, you simply have to watch close for runs in your paint. Always use a spray gun or spray can, never brush or roll paint on.

    That's it, its really that simple and the results are usually stunning.

    Happy Painting

    Greg F [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]

    - Austin, Texas

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 09, 2018

    Just today we got a new shower head. Took the old hardware down and cleaned and polished it. Looks so good. Don't know why I waited so long.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Mar 09, 2018

    Those instructions sound great, but one thing wasn't discussed that should have been in the instructions. The Muriatic acid is needed, but it is a dangerous acid that can harm your health. You need a good ventilator, so that you do not inhale the fumes, as they are very damaging to the lungs. You need good eye protection that will seal around your eyes to keep the fumes from your eyes, it will irritate them easily. Make sure that there is a fan or something that will blow the fumes out of a window so that you don't put the fumes throughout the house. If you have birds, make sure they are far away from the bathroom, the fumes will kill them quickly. Keep any other pets away from the work area so that they won't breathe the fumes. If you are careful you will not have any problem with getting it done quickly and without a problem. Just wanted to elaborate on a safety issue that wasn't brought up in the article above.