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Unread 08-18-2010, 09:05 AM   #1
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New ideas for protecting tubs...

First off it's been awhile since I've been around...So hi y'all...Been missin the forum and am going to make a better attempt to hang around more often.

O.k. Now for a question...What do you guys use to protect tubs when working in them?

I have always used some carpet scraps for the bottom of tub, and taped rosin paper around the sides...This method has proved fine for never scratching a tub...
Well the other day a piece of tile jumped right out of my hand and landed on the outside corner of the tub, ripped right through the rosin paper and took a nicked sized ding out of the porcelain corner down to the cast iron...

This awful mistake isn't only gonna cost me about $400 buck (the job is 150 miles from the nearest guy who can fix it) but the home owners were a little mad to say the least...

Any ideas on how to prevent this from ever happening again would be greatly appreciated...I have kicked around the idea of a foam or rubber mold, but don't know how to make something universal as all tubs aren't the same size...Thanks
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Unread 08-18-2010, 09:27 AM   #2
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Before shelling out 400 I would try to repair it myself with one of those kits. I think I bought a kit for 20 dollars and it came out great.
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Unread 08-18-2010, 09:29 AM   #3
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hmm

haven't done alot of cast but have done a bit of fiberglass tubs which are like paper mache anyway i usually cut out pieces of cardboard from the box it cam in and wrap the tub in that you can double or triple it up on the edges or more if using heavy tiles a heavy tile corner will cause some damage for the inside i usually have cardboard and a thick welders blanket i put in when hooking up all the plumbing you can also get the blue or pink foam sheet in 1 inch and cover with hardboard or plywood i dont know about the cast chips but i can get a scratch outta fiberglass and acrylic pretty good
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Unread 08-18-2010, 09:31 AM   #4
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I tried, it is right on the corner of the tub, and and even using my wet polisher I couldn't get the radius correct.
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Unread 08-18-2010, 09:36 AM   #5
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Levi, it's not against the rules here to read other threads with the same question you have.

If you'll type "tub protection" into the Advanced Search feature and ask for Titles Only you'll find a couple threads about such products with a number of links to sites providing various products.

I Googled Tub Protection and found some sites, too. Some of the stuff didn't look like anything I'd buy, but you never know.

I've always been prone to making a plywood or OSB cover for the top and front of my tubs in new construction. Remodel I use a special blue tape over the tub edges and, again, make a plywood top to work over. I take it off only when it's actuall inna way of the tile guy.

When the work requires the tub to be uncovered, I put tarps of folded drop cloths inna bottom and usually drape it over the front.

But sometimes you gotta have the tub exposed and be really careful, eh?
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Unread 08-18-2010, 10:12 AM   #6
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One of the GC's I sub for uses some really thick blue paint on stuff that peels off. No idea what its called or where he gets it.
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I've been on jobs with that blue stuff, it reminds me of Redgard a lot. Looks to be the same price too.

I have a bucket of Redgard that I accidentally left in the truck last winter, I've considered using it to coat a tub since it's trash now.
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just tape it off and cover it with a piece of plywood. works great and acts like a bench too.
I actually used to use it but my big drop cloth is easier to use
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Hey Levi,

good to see ya back here

here is an Oatey liner - don't know the $$$ but looks good
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Unread 08-18-2010, 11:44 AM   #10
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I've tried drop clothes Brian but I always seem to knock them around and they fall off the edges. Blue tape isn't strong enough to hold them. May try the plywood method, after I get my first few rows on anyway.
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Unread 08-18-2010, 12:03 PM   #11
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Tim,
From what I can see those Oatey liners only run $10-$20. They have the smallest version at the orange store for only $6.49. I may go look at that one and see if I think it would be worth a darn then order tha bigger collapsible one. Thanks
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Unread 08-18-2010, 01:58 PM   #12
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I have 3/4" piece of ply just for them when I get them. They also acts as a stool when there is I window up there that I want to see eye to eye.
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Unread 08-18-2010, 07:32 PM   #13
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Shower liner works great, I just got two rolls for free, little dinged up from shipping. I'm gonna peal off 10' from each roll and use it to protect tubs and showers. Even if you bought some liner, it's pretty cheap, you could reuse it.
I've also seen guys use ply like Brian, under side covered with carpet. I've also used old moving blankets duct taped over the sides.
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I use some Blanke unimat. not good` for anything except protecting floors and tubs. i use a plywood tub board with the edges wrapped think with duct tape...when i remember to bring it.
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about the chip.. I had a chip repair guy come in and after $100 you couldn't see anything... er I mean it was a great job..
Can't find somebody closer than 150 miles?
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