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How to Paint a Shower

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It seems like everybody wants to know how to paint a shower. I've often speculated on this, and I think it's not so much because new showers are expensive (a few hundred bucks) but because it's such a terrible mess to remove the existing shower. You may care to view painting your fiberglass shower as a temporary solution, a project that may extend the life of your shower another couple of years, at most. The key: use good primer plus a good epoxy paint; thoroughly dull down the shower surface; and use a sprayer.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 3 hours

Here's How:

  1. Sand the shower surface area with a light sandpaper until you dull it. 320 grit should be sufficient.
  2. Clean the shower with muriatic acid. You can get this at any hardware store.
  3. Thoroughly rinse shower surface with clean water (no soap). You may have to repeat this process several times.
  4. Use a paint sprayer to apply primer.
  5. Let primer dry according to manufacturer's instructions, usually 24 hours minimum.
  6. Spray down with two coats of appliance-quality paint.

What You Need

  • 320 grit sandpaper
  • Muriatic acid
  • Disposable sponges
  • Primer
  • Epoxy-based paint
  • Paint sprayer, such as the Ryobi Duet Power Paint System
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