How to Refinish Shower Bases

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How to Refinish Shower Bases
Choose a finish that is resistant to moisture. (Shower image by Semfamily from

When it comes time to remodel the bathroom, many homeowners spend hundreds of dollars replacing their old, discoloured shower bases with brand new ones. Frugal amateur do-it-yourselfers, on the other hand, know they can simply refinish their old shower bases. If refinishing, you need to know proper ways to condition the surface before you begin, or the finish will chip and peel. In addition, choose the proper coating, or the finish will not remain durable in the long run.

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Things you need

  • Heavy-duty cleanser
  • Coarse sponge or plastic brush
  • Rags
  • Palm sander
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Acrylic latex primer
  • Roller frame
  • Shed-resistant roller cover
  • 3- to 4-inch latex paintbrush
  • 2-part appliance epoxy
  • Blue painter's tape
  • Heavy-duty fabric dropcloths

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  1. 1

    Clean the shower base with a heavy-duty water-based cleanser of your choice. Scrub the base with a coarse brush or sponge. Rinse the soap and allow the base to dry.

  2. 2

    Scour the clean shower base with sandpaper to promote surface adhesion.

  3. 3

    Apply acrylic latex primer to the sanded shower base, using a 3- to 4-inch paintbrush, manufactured for use with water-based coatings. Wait at least three hours for the primed shower base to dry.

  4. 4

    Wash the brush with water.

  5. 5

    Apply a 2-part appliance epoxy to the primed shower base, using the clean 3- to 4-inch paintbrush. Wait a full day for the shower base to cure before running the shower.

Tips and warnings

  • Protect areas adjacent to the shower base from paint overlap by covering them with low-tack painter's tape.
  • Be sure to rinse all soap from the shower base, or you will have problems with adhesion.
  • Do not paint an unsanded shower base, or the finish will peel.
  • Do not paint over a shower base that hasn't been primed, or the paint will fail.

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