How To Paint a Shower



Painting a shower or bath tub surround is easy as long as you have the correct product and knowledge.  Like most painting projects, preparation is very important.  Any surface that is going to be subjected to water needs to be painted witih epoxy.  Using other kinds of paint, even oil-based, will fail within a matter of months.


Materials Needed

Shower epoxy (we recommend Tile Doc), paint brush, cleaning solution, scrubbing pad, xylene




  1. Bathtubs and showers accumulate soap buildup which must be removed prior to epoxy application.  Use a heavy duty cleaning solution such as TSP (tri sodium phosphate) with a scrubbing pad.  Thoroughly clean the shower or bath tub and rinse twice with water.  Allow to dry.
  2. Wipe the bath or shower down with Xylene (only if you are using Tile Doc shower epoxy).
  3. Always apply epoxy with a brush.  Rollers tend to stipple the epoxy and give a rough finish.
  4. Wait for the epoxy to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.  Apply a second coat.
Tips for painting a shower 
Epoxy has a pot life (it becomes hard and needs to be discarded).  Pot life will range from 4 hours to 10 hours depending on the product.
Always clean your brush out with the solution the manufacturer recommends.  Epoxy adheres very well to bristles and will destroy your brush if it is not cleaned out promptly.  
Depending on what product you are using, epoxy may have an induction time.  That is, the time it takes for the epoxy to be ready for use.  Epoxy comes in two parts, typically part A and part B.  To activate the epoxy part A and B are mixed together. Read instructions carefully to see if you need to allow the product to activate before use.  Induction time will depend on which product you are using.
Most epoxy products can be used on either porcelain or fiberglass.  Be sure to check the product information to make sure it will work on your substrate.  

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