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Hi everyone! Very excited to make my first post! I'm writing for help because I recently purchased a property and for some unknown reason (probably cheapness), the previous owner installed a tub that should be part of a surround system with regular wall tile (see pic attached). This left weird openings at the top of the tub where water can get into and cause problems. How can I cover these holes in a way that doesn't look completely insane? Is my only alternative taking out the tub and installing a new one? Can that be done without disturbing the tile?

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You have the bottom of a 2 piece tub that should have come with a plastic top piece too.
 

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Do you mean the big plastic shower wall piece? Or is there a small piece I can find somewhere to just cover the holes? I don't want to have to install the whole shower wall piece. Thanks!
 

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Do you mean the big plastic shower wall piece? Or is there a small piece I can find somewhere to just cover the holes? I don't want to have to install the whole shower wall piece. Thanks!
No, it would be the shower piece and you would have to find the same brand and model so you would not likely find it. I think it would take a lot of imagination and work to get that to look better, you might as well just go for new.
 

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I would bet that you could remove the grout for the bottom row of tiles and take the tiles out to reuse after replacing the bathtub. If the tub can be removed without lifting it up then you may be able to cut along the bottom edge of the first row of tile and pull the tub out (though you have a great risk of damaging the floor in front of the tub.
I would want to pull out the tub if only to check for water damage to the subflooring. This is a very common problem area though usually at the front edge of the tub.
 

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While it may not be aesthetically pleasing, and elastomeric sealant in white may could cover the holes to prevent water infiltration. It would give you time to think about a total remodel of the tub area. What you have is not good.
 

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If you know how, americast tub is fairly cheap, robust and doesn't sound hollow. Tiles look regular white 6x6, universal.
Since it's looking at a removal anyway, how about epoxy fix? Protect the area, apply epoxy with concave trowel (since it's a inside corner fix) then paint over with epoxy tile paint? You can also try with a good caulk. Block the holes first with rough application of caulk, let set, then finish tooling with finish coat of caulk. I'd use white silicon for easy tooling, although for adhesion, I like osi quad better. I think, epoxy or caulk, edge must be pressed firmly against the surface for best adhesion. Don't let it sit or use the finger. That wide a area, you must find a trowel that will span the edges.
 

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You may not be in as bad a place as you think.


Every acrylic tub I've encounter, including the 2 and 4 piece have a 1" vertical lip behind the drywall which is used to secure it to the wall and prevent water escaping. If that was not damaged during the install all you are dealing with is unsightly.


Post a couple of pictures closer in to show where the tile meets the tub and one of us may be able to suggest a sight improvement hack.
 
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