How to Install
a Bathtub Insert Correctly
How to Restore the Original Beauty of
Your Bathtub by Installing a Bathtub Insert
By Mark J. Donovan
Installing a bathtub insert is a great alternative to replacing an old
bathtub outright. If your bathtub is chipped, scratched or gouged and
you would love to replace it but canít afford the high cost consider
installing a bathtub insert. Bathtub inserts are designed to fit
perfectly over an existing tub to provide that new look finish, and most
importantly, with a lot less cost and hassles. With some silicone caulk,
along with a minimal amount of tools and bolts, installing a bathtub
insert is relatively straight forward. In just one day you can
effectively restore your bathtub to new by installing a bathtub insert.
When buying a bathtub insert look for units that are manufactured using
gel coat fiberglass, and that have a non-slip surface. Also look for a
unit that has a long warranty.
After buying a bathtub insert, the first thing youíll want to do in
regards to installing it is to test fit it in your existing bathtub. It
should effectively fit like a glove.
Once youíve confirmed it fits well remove it from the existing bathtub.
Then clean the old bathtub thoroughly using a non-abrasive cleaner.
After thoroughly cleaning the bathtub dry it extremely well. Leaving
water in the tub, even a minute amount, could cause the bathtub insert
not to be installed correctly and could eventually lead to it being
After cleaning and drying the tub thoroughly, apply a wide bead of silicone
caulk around the upper shower drain area and around the drain in the base of the
old bathtub. The bead of caulk should be approximately 0.5 inches thick. Also
apply silicone caulk to the specific areas specified by the bathtub insert
manufacturer. Normally youíll need to run additional bead caulk lines along all
seams, near the floor of the existing bathtub, and along the back and side edges
of the bathtub insert area.
Next, very carefully place the bathtub insert into
the old bathtub. Once youíve installed the bathtub insert into the existing
Fill the new bathtub insert with water. The water will help to evenly
apply pressure to the bathtub insert walls and floor to ensure a snug
fit. Leave the water in the bathtub until the silicone caulk has set up.
After the silicone caulk has fully cured drain the water from the
bathtub and gently clean the surface of the new bathtub. Make sure to
use a non-abrasive cleaning solution so as not to scratch the beautiful
finish of the bathtub insert.
Once youíve cleaned your newly installed bathtub insert youíre ready to
use your renovated bathtub.
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