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Old 08-04-2017, 10:58 PM   #1
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What Material Are These Shower Walls


I would like to use the rustoleum epoxy paint to renew the shower walls shown in the photos. But I can't figure out what they are made of. Definitely not regular tiles and i'm thinking they are either vinyl or acrylic. The paint will work if they are acrylic but not recommended if the walls are vinyl. Where the finish is worn through the material underneath is hard, definitely not cardboard.

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It looks like Barker board which is like a hardboard with a tough coating on it.
Terrible stuff for a shower stall. Guaranteed that you will be a lot happier by removing it and putting tile or a vinyl surround in there.
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I agree - replacement is your best option. Even tile isn't overly expensive if you diy.

About 40 yrs ago I dated a girl who's daddy had a trailer with similar shower walls that were in real rough shape. I sanded them and applied 2 coats of oil base enamel and told him it would only last a short time - maybe a year. Several years later [after we quit dating] I saw her and inquired about those shower walls and she said it still looked good but also said her daddy was so proud of the paint job that he took a towel and dried it off after each shower. I suspect that was the main reason it held up.
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Remember the Masonite siding that was all the rage in the late 60's and early 70's? You know, the stuff basically made of CARDBOARD with a layer of paint on top? That's basically what you have right there. It just has a tougher coating on top that gives it the look of tile. One of the factories that makes that stuff is located 15 miles from me so I see the stuff all the time. It's primary weakness is that getting wet turns it to mush, which is what is beginning to happen in your photos. It starts with staining (think Tannin bleed) then begins to crumble.

Can you paint it? Sure, but don't expect long term results. The epoxy paint will buy you some time. Just be sure to spot prime those exposed areas with Zinsser's BIN.
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