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Old 05-24-2021, 05:37 PM   #1
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Aluminum or SS Shower walls?

I am renovating the shower in a 1986 29’ Side Bath and planning on lining the shower walls in Aluminum or Stainless.

Has anyone done either and have words of wisdom for me?

My questions are
1) Which would be the easiest to keep clean? I assume SS.
2) Adhesive to the walls? I was planning on first gluing the material to a plywood wall with contact cement and then screwing thru it in all borders to hold it and some sealing trim. The walls would protrude an inch inside the tub walls to minimize any leaking.
3) Anyone have AL or SS shower walls and dislike them?


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Old 05-24-2021, 05:54 PM   #2
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Stainless is heavy. Either will water spot. Also tend to be cold to the touch.

Personally, since you are fabricating wooden bulkheads, I would simply waterproof them or cover in vinyl…
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Old 05-25-2021, 01:17 AM   #3
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Thumbs up Definitely go with SS over aluminum…

When we got our 1956 Safari, it had an aluminum shower pan & walls. They were horribly oxidized, marred, dented & dull.

We replaced the walls (SS over the wood walls at interior), shower pan and black tank cover with 24ga. stainless steel and love it! That was about 10 years ago and it still looks great! The 24ga. stainless steel weighs about the same as the heavier gauge aluminum that was in there before and is much stronger & durable.

The exterior walls & curved ceiling are all painted with Zolatone which has also held up very well. I wouldn’t change a thing.



A bath mat or teak mat which we’ve gotten since this picture was taken, alleviate the cold toes at night!

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Old 05-26-2021, 04:39 PM   #4
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Inside Out,
Thanks for the input. Yours looks great! I'm leaning towards SS but need to find a source. So far I found 0.017" and 0.029" at Airparts.

What did you use for adhesive? Contact cement and screws?

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I'm leaning towards SS but need to find a source. So far I found 0.017" and 0.029" at Airparts.
FWIW, 24ga is 0.0239 thick...so right in between. As far as a source...I'm a commercial interior designer and got our SS from either a HVAC sub or custom commercial kitchen fabricator I worked with at the time - I don't remember. But that's another local avenue for you to possibly explore.

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What did you use for adhesive? Contact cement and screws?
Yes, we used a 3M spray contact adhesive on the SS panels to attach them to the wood. Each of the wood/SS panels are attached continuously along the top & vertical exterior edge of the shell with the original u-channel extrusions (VTS version) we had and are riveted in. We did add a couple of additional SS fasteners - but not many. More to just mount the bathroom sink & towel bar and the kitchen cabinets & dinette on the other sides of the walls. I don't think we added any just for additional support of the SS to the wood. I really don't recall...I will try & take a couple of photos of the interior of the bathroom walls and post them here, either this evening or tomorrow. I do know we caulked every hole we made to protect the wood from water getting to it.

Funny, we used the trailer just this last weekend and I don't even pay attention to "how things were done" anymore, just that "it works as it should". Guess that's a good place to be!

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I used SS on my shower floor. I had it built by a local HVAC contractor. I have not had the walls built yet, but will be having this done soon. I talked to Frigodesign about adhesives and they recommended 3M-560 adhesive for the walls and floor and either GE silicone or pick free caulk for the seams.
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Here are some pictures of the inside...

We used SS screws to attach the corner trim at the tank, SS acorn nuts on the backside of connectors for the millwork on the other side of the wall and SS screws along the exposed edge next to the door & at the pan. We did use clear silicone caulk at every corner & penetration. We did not add any "extra screws" - just what was required for attaching other items. We did not have any seams - each wall is a single sheet.

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