The process of installing shower wall panels in your bathroom is easy but removing them is a little bit difficult. If the panel glue is strong, you would need more time for removing it without any damage. If you want to avoid such risks, it is better to let the expert do this for you.
Unfortunately, not everyone could pay the bill of contractors. If you have this problem, you should learn how to remove shower wall panels. In this article, you would get some ideas about it.
Shower Wall Panels Removal Process
Materials and tools required:
- Plastic sheeting
- Dry cloth
- Utility knife
- Adhesive remove
- Rubber hammer
- Face mask
- Protective gloves
- Work gloves
Step 1 Protecting your Shower Floor:
Firstly, you have to cover the surface using plastic sheeting for catching all the debris and dust. Don’t forget to wear your protective glasses, work gloves and face mask at this step.
Step 2 Removing Corner Trims:
You should remove all the corner trims of the shower with a rubber hammer and a chisel. You have to lift the end of the corner rim using the chisel tip and tap it using your rubber hammer till the corner trim separates from the shower wall. Take hold of the trim and then pull it. if you couldn’t pull it, try again with the chisel.
Step 3 Loosening the Panels:
After removing the corner trims, you have to work on panels. You should lead the tip of your chisel below the panel edge. Tap your chisel with a rubber hammer till the panel edge detaches from the shower wall.
Step 4 Removing the Panels:
In addition, After loosening the panel edges, you have to insert the angle of the crowbar underneath the panel. Remove it by pulling and pushing the free end of the crowbar. You could apply more force by using your hands to remove easily. If you could not pull it out, use the edge of the chisel for tearing off the adhesive on the wall.
Step 5 Removing Adhesive:
After removing the panels, it is time for removing the remaining adhesive that may still stick to your wall. Open the windows and doors to get good ventilation. You should wear a respirator because most of the adhesive removers come with a tough odor that may cause nausea and dizziness.
After that, Brush the remover over the wall and wait for some to get the effective result. Take a scraper and remove the soft residue of the paint through it. if you find more residue left, apply remover again and wait.
You could also remove the dogged residues with a piece of sandpaper. Avoid applying more pressure as it may wear down your wall surface. After removing all of the remaining residues, take a wet cloth and wipe off the walls.
Step 6 Cleaning the Floor:
You have to remove the sheeting that you have covered before. Fold the ends of your plastic sheeting to the center for preventing any debris from dropping onto the surface. Pour the waste into a waste bucket. Always wear your face mask in all of these steps because there is a possibility to inhale tiny dust elements that may spread in the air. After that, you should sweep the surface to remove any debris and ensure that no dust or debris gets into the shower drain.
- Be careful while you are using the crowbar. By applying too much pressure, you may break the shower panels and by hitting in the wrong spot, you may damage your shower valve.
- You should not point the chisel tip on the shower wall directly because you may break the wall when tapping by the hammer.
- Don’t ever expose your adhesive removal to heat and keep the bottle in a dry and cool place where a sunrise could not reach.
- If you get a sign of itching, redness, breathing problems while using adhesive removals, you should stop using them immediately.
The process of removing your shower wall panel becomes less difficult if you follow the above steps. You have to be a bit careful using your tools and materials. Never forget to wear your safety equipment when doing this job. However, If you find something unusual, call an experienced plumber. You may ask your family members for help if you need any.