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Old 11-04-2015, 10:04 PM   #1
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crazy bath tub idea?


SO i been shopping around for one of those fiberglass surrounds you can glue up around the bath tub, and all the half way decent ones are $400+ and i am not even a fan of the designs. so....i recently used a sheet of plexiglas g to fix up a broken window, and it worked out well.

can i just get a large sheet of plexiglas and screw/glue it up around the tub as my surround? its water proof. the only issue i can think of is would it bow/warp under the hot water temperature? since shower temp is like 95 or whatever it is.

what you guys think?
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True plexi? It would have to be more than 400 particularly in sheets that size. Getting it water proof would be difficult with all those joints. The water would not be an issue . IMHO it would look like pretty bad though. No fan of those glue up surrounds but I did install one on an old cottage with deteriorating walls. It came out looking pretty good. It was only temporary as the house was to be demoed within 5 years so I can't speak to its longevity . No doubt it would look much better than plexi.
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i have a guy that can custom cut sheets to any size i want. they do projects for the national museums and stuff. so not 400 sheets, maybe like 2 or 3
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i was looking at the direct to stud surrounds instead of glue up, but there is virtually no insulation in the walls so i figure adding the drywall will add some thickness, and also i am sure the walls are not straight.
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Don't know what it would cost now, but in 1979 I did a tub surround using countertop laminate. (Wilson Art) Sealed the corner joints with 50 year GE silicone. Didn't leak and was easily cleaned. Glued it up with contact cement same as a countertop.
It was still good when I had to tear it out to replace rusted out tub.
Now using a fiberglass shower/tub combo.

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Don't know what it would cost now, but in 1979 I did a tub surround using countertop laminate. (Wilson Art) Sealed the corner joints with 50 year GE silicone. Didn't leak and was easily cleaned. Glued it up with contact cement same as a countertop.
It was still good when I had to tear it out to replace rusted out tub.
Now using a fiberglass shower/tub combo.

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wow thats amazing. i am not going down that road yet haha
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It will scratch easy.....

But....if you can seal it, it would work. You could have some fun and put a mural behind it....could look pretty cool.
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Plexiglass is fairly expensive too. If budget is less than $400 then pvc panels at box stores will work just as well.
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Don't know what it would cost now, but in 1979 I did a tub surround using countertop laminate. (Wilson Art) Sealed the corner joints with 50 year GE silicone. Didn't leak and was easily cleaned. Glued it up with contact cement same as a countertop.
It was still good when I had to tear it out to replace rusted out tub.
Now using a fiberglass shower/tub combo.

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I grew up in a home with linoleum up the walls in the shower/bath, that was pretty common then.
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