Painting a laminate shower surround top to bottom

by Scbingle
I have a stand up shower that has a laminate surround top to bottom. I cannot afford to purchase a new surround. I was going to clean well with TSP, rough up a bit and then paint with some type of waterproof paint. This is in a guest bathroom and will not be used on a daily basis. Has anyone ever tackled a job like this? Recommendations? Thanks! -Sharon
  8 answers
  • Chris aka monkey Chris aka monkey on Sep 14, 2014
    @Scbingle i hope someone answers this as i have one and the same...butt ugly too want to paint it also xx
  • Jamie Jamie on Sep 21, 2014
    They actually make paint for tubs and showers, my husband painted our shower and you couldn't tell it was painted. We got ours at Menards, but am sure any big box store carries something similar to that.
  • Scbingle Scbingle on Sep 21, 2014
    Thanks @Jamie! Can you give me the brand name? I lived near a Menard's in the Midwest but none in the Florida area.
  • Jamie Jamie on Sep 22, 2014
    Rust-oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing kit. It comes in different colors and says you can use it on ceramic tile, porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic, cast iron and steel. Don't know about laminate, but woulnd't think it would be that much different.
  • JuliaGulia JuliaGulia on Nov 18, 2015
    I painted my shower stall with Rustoleum Tub and Tile paint 3 yrs ago. Still looks good. Got it at Home Depot online. The paint kind not the spray. I did not clean with TSP or any other products besides brush and ajax or dawn..dry it-then lightly hand sand w a lighter grit sandpaper then wipe that down, dry it -then paint it. I had to put towels under bathroom door for 3 days and left fan running from the smell. But it still looks great and cant see brush strokes and it only cost 25.00 or so for kit!!
    • Scbingle Scbingle on Nov 18, 2015
      @Anex08 Thanks for the info. I think I'm going to bite the bullet and paint it. Will let you know how it goes.
  • Julie F Julie F on Oct 13, 2020

    How is everyone’s painted shower surround lasting?

  • Janice Janice on Dec 07, 2023

    I've not done this myself but a friend used the Rustoleum kit to refurbish her laminate builder grade kitchen counter to look like granite and it has worn well for 5-6 years. I imagine that the Rustoleum bath/shower kits would be similar. They make really good products....just be sure to follow the directions provided.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 07, 2023

    Why not use a Special undercoat/Primer for Laminate and then paint over, or cover with Contact.

    • Scbingle Scbingle on Dec 07, 2023

      Thanks for the info but about 9 years too late in responding. I’ve since sold the home.