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Old 09-08-2013, 09:59 AM   #1
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Tiling the tub in an older airstream!! Advice

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I need some advice as I'm in the starting process of researching tiling the older
Airstream bath, you know the UKKY yellow bath shower stands

My idea is to find a tile to install possibly like the attached pic to the entire inside of the shower stand top sides and bottom to create a spa feeling.

Has to be easy to clean & apply enough for me. I love DIY stuff any advice?
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:12 AM   #2
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If you're planning on traveling with your trailer, don't tile the bath. The movement of the trailer going down the road will pop the tiles off.

If it's going to be a "garden trailer" it may fair better.

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We have to tile the bath the yellow is hideous.

What if we use a adhesive of some kind that should keep it

Any other advice or tiles that may work for the inside of the shower??

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Tile isn't the only option...you could refinish it with an epoxy coating made for fiberglass/plastic.

Many folks here on the Forums have refinished their tubs/showers with great results - maybe someone with first hand experience will chime in shortly. Some others have had good results with cleaning/bleaching the yellowed pieces with a peroxide mixture...

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As mentioned, the movement of the trailer will cause the tile to crack and pop off. Not to mention add a bunch of weight that could have an impact on the trailer. Not to mention tiles are flats and the bathrooms have lots of curved surfaces. It's a disaster waiting to happen. The yellow plastic can be restored and painted whatever colour you want. If you spend some time reading the interior restoration forums you'll find out how to refinish the plastic and you'll see examples of how nicely it can come out. I would really recommend you reserve the customizing of finishes to the flooring, fabrics and wood surfaces. Flooring & fabric is easy to replace and wood can be easily refinished.
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Ok, I'm looking at your photos, and this isn't 'normal' ceramic tile, but plastic flexible tile? If it's what appears to be flexible, IMO I don't think you'll have any problems with tiles popping off during travel.
What a great idea!
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Ok, I'm looking at your photos, and this isn't 'normal' ceramic tile, but plastic flexible tile? If it's what appears to be flexible, IMO I don't think you'll have any problems with tiles popping off during travel.
What a great idea!
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No it's not flexible tile, it is most often used as an accent trim, since it is fairly costly.

I agree that tile is not anything close to a useful surface for a tub. To my mind you have two choices; either remove the tub and find something else to replace it with, say a shower, as one example, or you can paint it.

As has already mentioned, paint can be a very attractive solution, and is within the skill set of most average people to apply.
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No to tile... yes to epoxy paint. One of the best I have seen is the POR-15 Marine FlexCote. Available in a variety of colors. Prep work is critical. We have used this on several fiberglass tubs in a household setting with great results.

You can also have something similar done by professional tub re-finishers. I know a couple of people on the forums have done that.

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