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Unread 11-28-2020, 10:43 AM   #1
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Tile on Large External Shower Flange

My apartment came with this fairly unique bath/shower unit and I’m stuck as to how I can complete the renovations with it. It is original from 1979 and I just recently removed the tiles which bridged the gap from the drywall to the flange. They appeared to be held on with a hard yellowish glue which was difficult to remove from the tub flange. I assume the tub is acrylic, its definitely not fiberglass.

Now I’m planning to redo this entire wall with 4x12 ceramic tiles but I’m stuck as to what I should use as an adhesive on the shower flange. There are sections which require anywhere from 1/8” to 1/4” of filling.
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Unread 11-28-2020, 11:28 AM   #2
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fairly unique bath/shower unit

You can say that again!

Best that I can think of is to adhere a 1/8 inch piece of Wedi board or Kerdi board over the acrylic and tile over that.

I'm sure better minds will come up with some other options.

Edit: it sounds like not every section is recessed. So you might try attaching a thin membrane, like Kerdi membrane, over the seam and onto the shower unit where the tile will cover. Use their sealant to attach at the tub.

Maybe Eco Prim Grip might work too? This is an interesting one.
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Unread 11-28-2020, 11:25 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum, Jeff.

Assuming you’re only overlapping onto the shower unit by 3/4”:
I think I’d set the tiles on the drywall and allow them to initially overlap onto the flange dry. After the bonding mortar set, I’d insert backer rod into the gap and gun a bead of 100% silicone.

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I'd suggest the same as Tonto, too bad you can't remove that combo unit, I removed one just like, and the space gained by removing all those rounded edges inside was amazing, felt twice as big.
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That is a better idea.
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Thanks for all the replies.

The tile over the side flange will overlap about 2 inches but for the tile on the top I prefer to overlap the entire 7 inches of flange.

I never considered doing a membrane layer but I think that could be a really good option. It seems like the Kerdi-fix bonding compound and Kerdi-flex membrane could be used to make the drywall and shower unit become one. After that's installed could I just treat this like a normal tile job and use mortar?

Also the intent is to use Schluter edging where the tile ends at the shower flange. Eventually this shower itself is getting refinished in a bright white and then I'll silicone the edging to the shower afterwards.
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Pearl makes Green Skin which is a peel and stick that would probably work if you scuffed the enclosure, I'd confirm with them. I've used it on slab and it's a one shot deal ie make sure its positioned correctly.
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