Home Improvement--General/Shower Stall


What would you recommend to paint the fiberglass floor of a shower enclosure? I tried a quality exterior primer, let it cure several days and topped with a good quality oil-based topcoat. Started pealing within 5 months. Thanks for any suggestions.

Hello, Fred.

Regular house paint, even exterior paint, won't stick to fiberglass very well, as you've already discovered.

The only product I can think of would be automotive paint. But you'd have to follow the instructions, with no deviations. This might include spraying it on after thoroughly sanding and applying an automotive primer -- thin coats built up until you get complete coverage. Of course, you shouldn't use anything that's shiny and slick when wet, because it will present a slip-fall injury probability. Best to go to a professional paint store that carries automotive paint, or an automotive paint specialist in your area.

Good luck, Fred.


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