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Hi all,

I am looking to remodel a bathroom on a budget and looking for ideas based on the bathroom you see the pictures. I ripped out the vinyl flooring and toilet and new flooring will go in but looking for ideas on the shower/tub and the bathroom cabinets. I don't really want to rip it out and do anything drastic like tile but hate the boring standard white shower/tub. I've read that an epoxy finish can be applied and not only be a lot more cost effective but look nice as well. Any tips on this?

The bathroom counter I am torn on. A part of me just wants to refinish the cabinets and tile while another part of me wants to rip it out and create some space in place of something else. Any ideas/pictures?







 

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Epoxy finishes on existing shower/tubs has always been lackluster, IMO. They will tend to wear through too quickly. You didn't post any pictures of failed places in your shower, which would lead you to want to do something with it. As you have stated, you have two choices. Leave it (epoxy) or gut it all out and do a pan/tile job.
 
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Epoxy finishes on existing shower/tubs has always been lackluster, IMO. They will tend to wear through too quickly. You didn't post any pictures of failed places in your shower, which would lead you to want to do something with it. As you have stated, you have two choices. Leave it (epoxy) or gut it all out and do a pan/tile job.
Appreciate the response and the advice on epoxy finishes. The failed places in the tub are spider cracking and that has me concerned about moisture getting in. Gutting it out and doing a tile job sounds like a ton of work so I'm leaning towards the epoxy finish unless it's something I will have to worry about finishing again within a year.
 

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If you have spider cracking on the existing finish, it will telegraph through any finish you put on it, whether epoxy or not. If the spiders are in the bottom of the tub part, then the tub was not set properly in a bed of thinset to prevent flexing. Yep, it's a ton of work, but the satisfaction rating is very good. You don't necessarily have to do the pan. Being 60" wide, you can find precast pans to replace the tub, apply cbu on the walls and tile them. We can walk you through it.
 
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Amazing! Okay, thank you so much. I'm going to look at Precast pans to replace the tub and then report back. The spider cracking is on the side thankfully but I will heed your advice in avoiding the epoxy finish. Appreciate the help!
 
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