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Question DetailsAsked on 11/5/2017

Can you tear out a 3 piece tub surround without damaging it ?

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Probably 50% of the time or more IF you have backside access to it (back side of walls are bare studs). With front access only - I certainly would not count on it. I have pulled ones off where it is was installed with latex caulk at the base and the wall adhesive did not stick well to it - like Liquid Nails tends to pop free from smooth-backed fiberglass and acrylic surrounds pretty easily. And sometimes the surround panels can be peeled free from latex or silicone adhesive on the tuds - but I certainly would not count on it because without the ability to reach in and pre-cut or wire saw the adhesive you are likely to end up with warped and/or kinked panels, at best. PRobably most likely with acrylic panels, less so with fiberglass because you can not pry them away from the wall very hard before the gel coat starts cracking and crazing on the surface, because they are more rigid.

Certainly on a professional job (as opposed to DIY) I would not think the added labor cost would be worth it - because the normal plastic/fiberglass surround is only about $300-600, which does not add up to a lot of added labor hours to remove it before buying new is more economic.

And of course, is the old one suitable color for the new installation (which I presume is going to be in a newlocation like a cabin or such, unless you are tearing it out to repair water damage behind it.)

Also - bear in mind, if planning on resuing this in the same location, that means you will not be buyin ga replacement up front, so it ti does NOT come out undamaged then that throws in a delay in the job - might be a day or two to get one that fits, might be much longer. And of course, if this delays a contractor that is going to cost you, plus increase the chance of the delay time stretching out because he has other work going on when he could come back to your job. Risky - and I can't see (unless just trying to salvage for a cabin ro such) that it is going to be worth it.

One other consideration - bear in mind the existing ones might have been custom trimmed to fit an out-of-square rough-in,, so may well not fit another location or a repaired rough-in which is properly squared out.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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