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Old 02-01-2018, 08:12 PM   #1
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This is my first post. I hope to use this forum as a resource from here on. I'm wondering if anyone has input on plastic, vinyl, and/or acrylic sheet goods for shower wall surrounds. I've had a few potential clients ask for a basic shower renovation and I can't seem to find a supplier for an imitation tile plastic sheet good. It seems a company like "Bath Fitters" has this material held hostage. I've seen their pans to wall seams fail. Currently, a customer has something like this done years ago. The original shower pan and the pan that was laid over it now have water in between them. I'm planing to pull everything out walls and pans. I'll put in a new pan but want to give an entry level option for wall covering. Any thoughts are much appreciated.

p.s. I'm thinking this should be available as a sheet good so I can cut to fit as needed. That means I'll need trim pieces too.

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Why not offer ceramic tile as your entry level bathroom, with a couple decorative features that help close the deal? Snap and have at it.

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It costs more.
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It seems a company like "Bath Fitters" has this material held hostage. I've seen their pans to wall seams fail. Currently, a customer has something like this done years ago. The original shower pan and the pan that was laid over it now have water in between them.
It usually doesn't take too many years for something like that to fail. Wham, bam, take the money and run.

I think you'll find that most of the folks around here don't care for that as a business model.
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Ok. Look up Swan easy up. Subway tile look, glue it up.
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Care for what as a business model?
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Hard sell, slap up a cheap product and disappear.
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Is that what you think I do? You've only just read a few sentences that I posted. You don't know me or the way I do business. Don't be so judgmental. What's wrong with using a solid vinyl wall covering? This is done all of the time. There is no hard sell. I don't see anything wrong with the product. I find issues usually with the workmanship.
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Hey, you're the one who mentioned Bathfitters.

Didn't mean to say you're a hack. It's just that paste-up vinyl tends to be toward the low end (though not always). I wouldn't put it in my house.
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I wouldn't make it my choice either but I also save my self a lot of money when I know how to do the tile work myself. Sometime people want fresh and I'm here to provide my clients with solutions. I don't say "bath fitters" with any sort of positive connotation. Everyone knows what product I'm talking about though when I mention that. It's all they do. I'm just looking to source the plastic sheet goods with an imitation tile look. As long as I install it in a quality manner it shouldn't give the customers any issues (unless you have some more great insight that I don't know about).

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I do expect it to be the low-end for cost. I don't see any issue with function though. The quality of the caulk at all of the seams is the important part.
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I do expect it to be the low-end for cost. I don't see any issue with function though. The quality of the caulk at all of the seams is the important part.
Out of curiosity, what caulk do you consider quality? I've noticed that the recommended products on some of the acrylic and/or fiberglass kits is [email protected]
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I'm not sure I'd use it for this application but I love OSI Quad. It's the tits. I'm assuming it'd have to move with expansion and contraction of the plastic. What would you recommend?
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I generally use a 100% silicone.
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As long as I install it in a quality manner it shouldn't give the customers any issues (unless you have some more great insight that I don't know about).
The only insight I have is that it's pretty difficult to do a really quality long-lasting install with that stuff. Not saying it can't be done, but I've torn out way too much of it to feel very optimistic.

I've installed it, done my best, but never felt nearly as confident about those jobs as with other materials.
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Oh... you've installed it and you were the first one to throw a stone. How hypocritical of you. Oh well. Where have you seen them fail? What pitfalls should I know about from your experience?
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I'm not sure I'd use it for this application but I love OSI Quad. It's the tits. I'm assuming it'd have to move with expansion and contraction of the plastic. What would you recommend?
Don't have one right now. I got persuaded by something premium..(I forget)...and it didn't hold up. I need to go back and figure it out so I don't do it again.
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I believe acrylic wall liners are what you're looking for.

https://ellasbubbles.com/acrylic-wall-liners/

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So far, I love it! I'll look more into it.
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Oh... you've installed it and you were the first one to throw a stone. How hypocritical of you.
Man, I apologize, okay? Sorry to get off on the wrong foot.

I don't consider myself hypocritical at all in that respect. I did a few early on, before I knew better. I've done a few since, when the client absolutely insisted on it despite my best efforts to guide him to a more durable (albeit more expensive) solution.

My point was simply that it's not a solution most of us would go for if we want a rep for quality work.

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