Is the washroom floor or shower trays in your motorhome damaged? Don’t be discouraged. As time passes, everything begins to show signs of wear and tear.
Although shower trays in caravans are normally made from a very tough resin a DIY shower tray crack repair is possible for most people.
Of course if something dramatic has happened then quite frankly a caravan show tray replacement may be simpler, but for small issues read on:
The most common cause for a shower tray replacement is a crack or chip in the surface, which weakens the tray and, over time, leads to loss of strength and an unexpected collapse.
If your caravan shower tray is cracked, there are a few things you can do to try and fix it:
Seal The Crack
Try using super glue or epoxy to fix the crack. This is the quickest and easiest option, but it might not be strong and could break again.
If the crack is small, you could try filling it with a waterproof sealant or silicone. This might not be very strong either, but it will help to stop any water from getting through.
Prepare The Surface
Lightly scuff the shower tray to fade the gloss sheen and apply a paint coating after any plastic sealant has been set and dried completely.
Any remnants of the plastic sealer will be removed with a fresh coat of paint. Multiple applications of good quality polyurethane paint should suffice to strengthen and preserve the tray from surface cracks.
Clean the surface thoroughly with a home detergent before properly rinsing and drying it completely before painting to ensure it is clear of dust and debris. Then, to give your paintwork a clean and smooth finish, place masking tape over the edges of the shower basin.
Apply The Paint
To give the shower basin an attractive and fresh look, coat it with textured or smooth anti-slip paint in an appropriate color. You can also use UVR paint with rubber granules for a non-slip finish, along with a sturdy design that will last for years.
Using a textured roller, ensure a uniform finish while the textured version is applied.
Using a mixer and nitrile gloves, vigorously whisk your Protectakote before pouring it into a roller tray. Apply the paint unidirectionally using a suitable roller paintbrush, ensuring an evenly thick covering on the basin.
Allow drying until it is no longer tacky to the touch. Apply a second and, if necessary, a third layer after the first one has dried, depending on how much your shower tray is used.
The roller or brush can be maintained functional between coatings if stored carefully using a plastic bag. However, a second refill is also recommended for the second coat.
– If the crack is bigger, you might have to replace the whole shower tray. This can be expensive and time-consuming, but it will be the only sure way to fix it.
Before you do anything, check that anyone who has access to the caravan is properly dressed for showering. If there are any bare feet or poorly protected legs, your immediate priority should be to protect them from any injuries!
Remember, if your caravan needs repair under it’s guarantee cover, make sure you use an approved workshop to avoid invalidating the guarantee.
What Causes A Shower Tray To Crack?
The most common cause of a cracked shower tray is a result of normal wear and tear from being used too often. Even being loaded into the back of a motorhome can leave your shower tray with some damage – if it’s not properly protected!
A build-up of minerals, salts or limescale can also weaken the tray over time.
If you’re not sure, check with the manufacturer to confirm if your caravan shower tray is under guarantee. If it’s not, a hairline crack might be repairable – even without taking it out of use!
What Should I Look For In A Replacement Shower Tray?
There are a few things to take into account when buying a new shower tray for your caravan:
– Make sure the tray is the right size and shape to fit into your existing cabinet and cutouts.
– It should be made of a durable material like acrylic or stainless steel, depending on which will offer the best anti-slip finish for you.
– The weight capacity should bear some resemblance to the original tray to avoid accidents.
– If your current shower tray is damaged but still usable, a coat of paint can revive it and make it last for a few more seasons. Just make sure you clean it properly first!
What Kind Of Sealant Should I Use On My Caravan Shower Tray?
If there’s a hairline crack in your shower tray, it’s important to apply a suitable sealant for showers and wet rooms. This will:
– Prevent water from seeping under the cabinet – which can cause mold and mildew to set in.
– Reduce noise if you’re worried about getting an early night when camping!
– Create a smooth surface that’s easy to clean.
You can buy a sealant specifically designed for caravan shower trays, but a basic silicone sealant will also do the job. Just make sure you use a mask and gloves when applying it, and avoid getting any sealant on the surrounding surfaces.
How Do You Repair A Crack In A Plastic Shower Tray?
If you’re lucky, a hairline crack in your plastic shower tray might be repairable with some Protectakote (a tough acrylic sealant). Apply the paint in one direction using a suitable roller.
Allow drying until it is no longer tacky to the touch and then apply a second and, if required, a third layer depending on how much use your shower tray gets.
Can You Refurbish A Caravan Shower Tray?
A simple way to refurbish or resurface a caravan shower tray is to give it a new coat of paint. This can be done with an ordinary brush, but it might be easier to use a roller for a more even finish.
Ensure you clean the tray thoroughly before painting to remove any dirt or grease that might prevent the paint from sticking.
Normally, your shower tray might be cracked by a little wear and tear. A few problems can be fixed with a little paint and time, but some might require a full replacement. Fortunately, a caravan shower tray repair isn’t a major task, a couple of hours should see your caravan shower tray back in good, useable condition.
In any case, you should always take care of your shower tray to ensure it’s not going to crack at any moment!