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Old 10-02-2020, 04:08 AM   #1
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FRP Panel For Bathroom

I am looking for solutions when renovating a 1979 Airstream Sovereign Bathroom. I've been researching FRP panels. They seem to offer a lot of options and from what I've read, seem to be flexible. Has anyone used this product to renovate a shower and bathroom area in their AS? thanks, larry
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Old 10-02-2020, 06:16 AM   #2
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Larry, good to see someone else considering FRP for the shower walls. I see no reason why it canít be successfully used. In the commercial building trade weíve used FRP in wet areas, kitchens and restrooms. I plan on adhering the pieces to the wall, caulking the corners then installing the corner molding trim pieces. For those who may not be familiar, thatís Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic. Itís very lightweight, flexible and is easy to work with. And many colors and textures to choose from.
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Old 10-02-2020, 08:43 AM   #3
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Where do you buy it?
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Old 10-02-2020, 09:35 AM   #4
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I bought a shower/bath surround kit and installed it in the shower in my '76 sovereign. Big problem was getting the curve of the wall cut correctly. I used the adhesive recomended by the supplier, but found that after a couple of years it started to come loose from the wall. This was possibly caused by the extreme temperature of -40 to over 100 dergees where I live. I would try samples of different adhesives and spread completely, the same as flooring, rather than the suggested adhesive method of swirls on the wall. It made a very useable shower, and very easy to clean.
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Old 10-02-2020, 09:53 AM   #5
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Where do you buy it?
Big box stores have it. Iím sure there are other places also.
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Old 10-02-2020, 11:48 AM   #6
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FRP Panels work well

I purchased a 32' 1990 Excella last year that had water damaged subflooring under the bath sink. I took out the shower and gutted the bath to replace the subfloor.
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I coated the inside of the shower pan with epoxy paint and reinstalled it. I went back in with FRP for all of the bath walls. I overlapped the shower pan with the FRP by about 1/2" to prevent water from getting out of the shower area. It also made for good protection around the sink and toilet. The FRP was flexible enough to fit the curvature of the AS wall. I used calk to glue the FRP to the wall.
I utilized the curve and edge trim pieces to make the joints look good.
I purchased the FRP, trim pieces and glue tubes from Home Depot.

We made several trips totaling 1500 miles since then and there is no evidence of any issues with the FRP. My wife really likes the easy to clean surface and the look of clean white bath walls.

I am not familiar with the 79 Soverign, but if it is anything like the 90 Excella, I think the FRP would be a very good replacement material for the bath walls.
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Old 10-02-2020, 02:16 PM   #7
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I fabricated a shower in a rear corner of my 1962 Safari using FRP, he FRP adhesive, the trim pieces (modified a bit with a Dremel where needed) and caulk. I overlapped pieces to “match” the Airstream look and riveted them together (along with clear caulk) to be able to more easily deal with the inside curvature of the wall. 4 yrs in it has worked perfectly. Adhesive has held, and the FRP looks brand new.
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Old 10-02-2020, 08:35 PM   #8
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I used Formica on the walls of the shower and bath in our '89 Excella. Used a heat gun to strip the original vinyl off the walls and then attached the Formica with contact cement. The Formica conformed well to the curved outer wall and ceiling and the original aluminum trim installed easily in the corners. FRP would also work but it is thicker. I did run into some trim issues with the Formica due to the thickness. These would only be exacerbated by the extra thickness of FRP in my opinion. Good luck with your project.

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Larry, good to see someone else considering FRP for the shower walls. I see no reason why it canít be successfully used. In the commercial building trade weíve used FRP in wet areas, kitchens and restrooms. I plan on adhering the pieces to the wall, caulking the corners then installing the corner molding trim pieces. For those who may not be familiar, thatís Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic. Itís very lightweight, flexible and is easy to work with. And many colors and textures to choose from.
I'm with Bubba. Commercial applications everywhere, bathrooms and kitchens. The (generally) white dimpled stuff. Health department loves it. Durable and washable. I have used it for years under the kit/BR sinks. Cut it, screw it down and caulk the edges. 4x8 sheets everywhere. Use a fine veneer blade as it sometimes fractures with a regular skil saw blade. For corners and edges etc, there are OEM moulding & trim pieces. Can't beat it with a stick for durability and waterproofing.

If i was doing a shower i would start with some mapei acquadefence first then glue the FRP to that...special caulking attn to corners.

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I'm with Bubba. Commercial applications everywhere, bathrooms and kitchens. The (generally) white dimpled stuff. Health department loves it. Durable and washable. I have used it for years under the kit/BR sinks. Cut it, screw it down and caulk the edges. 4x8 sheets everywhere. Use a fine veneer blade as it sometimes fractures with a regular skil saw blade. For corners and edges etc, there are OEM moulding & trim pieces. Can't beat it with a stick for durability and waterproofing.

If i was doing a shower i would start with some mapei acquadefence first then glue the FRP to that...special caulking attn to corners.

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Old 10-05-2020, 12:08 PM   #11
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I just finished new FRP walls in my center bath. I used smooth white FRP. Refinished the shower pan with tub/tile refinishing kit. I extended the RFP down over the shower pan lip to reduce leaks. I trimmed it with a gold tile trim from the hardware store. Used Black window screws with a rubber washer seal between the trim and FRP to prevent leaks at the screws. Works really well.
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