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Old 01-24-2012, 10:51 PM   #1
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I am remodeling my bathroom and have an idea for the shower walls? Will it work? I would like to put up cement board, then troul it with about half inch of cement and then paint it with colored epoxy (pool paint). The actual shower really won't get heavy use and I thought I could just re-paint it down the road for a whole new look. Will the mixed cement adhere well to the cement board and do I need to use any other sealers?

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Why would you add cement over the board?

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have an idea for the shower walls... Will it work?
(snip: substrate detail) ...paint it with colored epoxy (pool paint).

The actual shower really won't get heavy use...
and I thought I could just re-paint it down the road for a whole new look.
I like these sorts of unusual ideas.

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Will the (mortar...) adhere well to the cement board...
and do I need to use any other sealers?
I'll be real curious to hear what (constructive comments) the guys who use
these products all the time might be able to add.

I did something a bit off the wall but that was in an RV... some pics are in this thread.
How come no one uses epoxy for showers?
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I'm gonna stay away from the "will it work" aspect. I will add this though...

I'm guessing pool paint etc. is made to be rough, to minimize anyone slipping.

From a female point of view, IOW, the one who has to clean the thing, a heavily textured surface would be a pita to keep clean. You want it as smooth as possible.
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Bump.

What about it tile guys?
Is there a mortar base best (least worst?) suited to an epoxy coating?
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Coating the cement backerboard with 1/2" of mortar sounds a lot like work. It might also be expensive. Use a mortar designed for wet, even submerged applications, like Laticrete's 254. They say that will hold up in swimming pools so it should be okay in a shower. Once that is done, a concrete stain or Epoxy could be applied and it should stick although I don't know of any manufacturer that will warranty it for that purpose.

I am currently doing a job for a customer who has a basement shower with a concrete shower floor. I am going to build a curb, apply backerboard and coat with thin-set and coat the base with Epoxy coating or concrete stain. I will then frame in the alcove and install a Sterling Vikrell shower wall set on the curbed base. End result will be a smooth walled shower. The concrete shower base will not allow for a prefabricated shower pan installation because of it's size and drain placement.
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Why not just install a one piece, or two piece shower enclosher and no it's not going to leak.
A bathroom is not a great place to try and reinvent the wheel. Can get costly in the long run.
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Coating the cement backerboard with 1/2" of mortar sounds a lot like work. It might also be expensive.
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Use a mortar designed for wet, even submerged applications, like Laticrete's 254. They say that will hold up in swimming pools so it should be okay in a shower.
There ya go! That's the information that was wanted.
I've used epoxy for shower floor before. It has worked out fine.

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I am currently doing a job for a customer who has a basement shower with a concrete shower floor.
Look at what my house came with. They called it a "farmers shower".
Drain was a rubber hose at grade.
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Why not just install a one piece, or two piece shower enclosher and no it's not going to leak.
A bathroom is not a great place to try and reinvent the wheel. Can get costly in the long run.
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