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Install a Tub Surround or Shower Surround

Tub surrounds and shower surrounds are easy to install and maintain. Follow our ten steps to update your bathroom with a surround. Installation can vary from product to product, so read the manufacturer's instructions carefully.

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Step 1

Remove the spout, faucet handles and any accessories (soap dish, grab bar, etc.). If you're working with a bathtub, cover it with a drop cloth to prevent chips or scratches during installation.

Step 2

Repair damaged spots on the wall.

Mold growth behind tiles can be problematic, so if you currently have tile, it's recommended that you remove it before installing the bathtub or shower surround. Then repair any damaged spots on the walls.

Step 3

To ensure that the surround properly bonds to the wall, clean the walls and apply a primer to the backerboard. Let the walls dry.

Step 4

If you're installing a shower surround, install the shower pan first. Shower pans are often included in the shower surround kit. Follow the manufacturer's directions for installation.

Step 5

Using the tub/shower surround carton for a template, mark holes where the showerhead, faucet handles, or spout will protrude through the wall.

Step 6

Lay the carton template on top of the panel for that wall and use a hole saw or a jigsaw to cut out the holes. Then have someone help you hold the panel up to the corresponding wall to ensure the holes are in the right places.

Step 7

With your helper holding the panels in place, mark the location of their top and side lines on the wall. Make sure the panels will be level and plumb. Consult the manufacturer's directions for what tool to use if you need to cut a panel. A sharp utility knife will work in many cases, but some materials may call for a jigsaw.

Step 8

Apply the Adhesive

Follow the manufacturer's instructions to apply the adhesive and attach the panels to the wall. Let them dry.

Step 9

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Replace the faucet handles, spout and other hardware.

Step 10

Set all the joints with caulk.

Seal all the joints with caulk and let it dry. Wait 24 hours before using your tub or shower.

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If you don't let the adhesive dry before using the tub/shower, the panels may not stick to the wall properly.