How to patch small holes in shower pan?

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by fwca, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. fwca

    fwca New Member

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    My shower pan has some small holes which were caused by dropping of shampoo bottles. They are about 1/4 inch in diameter. What I can use to patch these holes?

    Thanks!
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Is this a fiberglass pan? Acrylic? If the thing was bedded in mortar, it wouldn't deflect and the bottle would have either broken (they don't have glass ones anymore), or bounced without doing much of anything. At this point, you might get a temporary fix with some silicon, but it won't last or look great. If you took it out, you might be able to make a reliable patch, but then trying to refinish the inside to look good takes skill, and the cost likely more than replacing it.
  3. fwca

    fwca New Member

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    I think it is a fiberglass pan. I tried to patch the holes with silicon but it wears out pretty quick.
  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Your original and current problem is flex. Seals don't like flex. Plus, after it has been flexed enough, it is likely the fiberglass fibers have broken, and can wick internally and leak. It's really hard for a non-pro to make a repair, and reproducing the gell-coat finish even harder.
  5. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    Where's Billy Mays when we need him. He probably had a tube of Zip Zop that would patch that, and take the dents out of your fender.
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    ANY shower pan that could be damaged by dropping a bottle on it is probably too flimsy to be worth repairing. BUT, if you look in the telephone book under "fiberglass repairs" there are usually several companies that repair tubs and showers.
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