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Removing and fitting new shower tray 4 years 3 months ago #305476


I have just orderd a new shower tray for my Swift caravan and any tips and advice would be very welcome on removing the old sealant,what sealant to use and what to use under the new tray as there does seem to be a gap under the old tray perhaps this is why it has cracked ? plus any other tips that I may find usefull thanks
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Removing and fitting new shower tray 4 years 3 months ago #305477

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Rod,, I've just had a repair to my shower wall (see my post reference cleaning of plastics) and the chap from PSS Plastic Shower Specialists used a solvent based sealant round all the joints. This actually welds the plastic joints together rather like on an Airfix kit. I'm afraid I don't know the name of the sealant but you may find out by contacting PSS on 07717 414284. Sorry I can't be of more help...hope you get on ok
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Removing and fitting new shower tray 4 years 3 months ago #305478


Derek,
Great advice. Repair sounds interesting. What does the finished repair look like?
 
 

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Removing and fitting new shower tray 4 years 3 months ago #305479

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Regards sealants and any other type glue you might need, try Repair products 
Used them for something to invisibly fill some screw holes in PVCu and also this adhesive to attach an edging piece to a PVCu window cill end which I'd cut back at a 20deg angle to let the door open further. Not used the filler yet but the end of the cill looks like it's made from the solid, it  works like a thick super glue and done a perfect job
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Removing and fitting new shower tray 4 years 3 months ago #305480

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Hi Rod.
I repaired the shower tray on my Abbey Freestyle 540se last year. The van was only 4 years old, but we had been living in it for a year which probably brought about it's demis.
I decided to repair the tray as we had to still use the loo while the works went on, but removal of the whole tray is simlar to what I did. First of all I took out the shower stand and loo roll holders. You wouls have to take apart the swivel loo and its base to get at the whole tray. Using a stanley knife, cut the sealant mid way through the bead width  which will put any score lines on the side panels well below the new sealant when applied.
Make a sketch of where all the screws etc go on a note pad as you remove them and keep them safe.
What I found whith my shower tray was that due to compression of the insulation board used to fill the gap under the tray, not supporting all of the tray, it was the most likely cause of the tray failing.
I used two glass fibre kits (Halfords) to re-enforce the underside of the tray all over the foot well area.
To compensate for the poor kingspan board they use under the tray, which is insulation board and not suited to being stood on. I filled all the irregularity's with bathroom sealant. This can be the cheaper houshold type as it is being used more as filler and glue than sealing.
On replacing the shower tray I again put down a bed of sealant on the floor of the van to fill any gaps under the tray.
On finishing the fit of the tray, I used EVERBUILD silicone sealant to do the final seal. This product has a 30 year life span expectancy. We use it in sealing poultry buildings and it is very good quality. If you want a bead radius to look seamless, use an old sealant tube and squeeze the plunger end to form a scoop. Running this along the wet sealant bead makes a very neat finish. To finish any inperfections with your finger wet it first, this avoids icing peaks when you lift your finger off the sealant.
 
Everbuild have a web site where you can order the sealant.
 
BTW, my tray is still leak free (fingers X'd) one year on.
 
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Nigel..
 
The repair looks perfect. In fact, you can't really tell there was anything wrong. Except. The wall which had split was between the entrance door (to shower compartment) and the folding partition door hinge so the repair man replaced the  sheet and therefore there is visible the overlap from the top of the folding door up to the ceiling, about three inches. To all intents and purposes it is as new. The sealed joints are as they were before. This small company are on a winner because they are the only ones doing the repairs.

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