How to Make Your Own Epoxy Shower Walls
- Epoxy Shower Kit
- Durable Fiberglass Mesh
- Metallic Pigment Powder
- Epoxy Liquid Dye
- Epoxy Glitter Additives
Looking to redo your shower? With Stone Coat Countertops, we have easy-to-use kits and supplies that will make your shower renovation a breeze while bringing your vision to life. Our Epoxy Shower Kit will help you create beautiful epoxy shower walls and an epoxy shower floor. You can also select our Fiberglass mesh to provide strength and durability to your shower system. Order shower epoxy tools and browse our Epoxy Color Center for more customization
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Are you looking for something to bring your old shower to life? If you have the DIY spirit—or if you know a friendly contractor—then epoxy shower walls may be just what you need.
Epoxy is a fantastic material. It’s durable, easy to work with, and it looks incredible. With a little elbow grease, your shower could look just like any exotic natural stone. So, ask yourself…
Do you want your shower to look like Carrara marble? How about fractured jade? Or quartz with natural blue highlights?
If yes, then epoxy will do the trick. And it’s just a fraction of the cost of actual exotic stone. Oh yeah, and epoxy shower walls are lightweight, making them easy for a single person to install them. Altogether, epoxy is a dream for home improvement projects.
Everything You Need to Know About Epoxy Shower Walls
We love epoxy shower walls because you can build panels ahead of time. Then, when you’re ready to install them, you can begin your demo and put things in right away. You can tear everything down to the studs, create your template, and start on the panels. And this is all before you finish working on the shower prep for your new epoxy walls! Now, are you ready to start your own epoxy shower transformation? We’ll give you everything you need to know about how to make them. In this guide, you’ll learn:
- The pros and cons of epoxy shower walls
- Frequently asked questions about the process
- A few pro tips Step-by-step instructions
- Links to additional resources and useful products
We also offer many videos about the subject that may help. We hope they give you some ideas about what’s possible—and provide a visual guide for finishing your project.
Epoxy Shower Pros
- Epoxy is very easy to work with. Any DIYer can handle the project by themselves. You’ll need a few tools and probably a couple of days (to allow for drying). Compare this to tile, which can take weeks to properly prep, lay, and grout.
- It’s lightweight. That may not seem like a big deal until you try to hoist a giant stone slab. Or until you try to lug a bunch of tiles around! Heavier materials require reinforcements in the shower to support all that weight, which complicates the job.
- Epoxy is durable. You won’t have to worry about premature wear and tear. It’s also heat resistant, stain resistant, impact resistant, and more.
- Epoxy is easy to clean and maintain. Have you ever tried to clean a tile shower? Or a stone shower floor? It can be quite difficult. Not so with epoxy, which is much easier to care for.
Epoxy Shower Cons
- Epoxy does require good prep work. You can’t just glue in epoxy panels and expect them to stay in without issue. You’ll need to renovate your shower first, so prepare for some downtime.
- Epoxy is slipper when wet. You shouldn’t use bare epoxy for your shower floors without something to keep your grip. On the other hand, epoxy shower walls don’t suffer the same setback.
- Epoxy design may require some practice. Recreating the look of natural stone is easy, but it’s possible to make mistakes. It’s a good idea to create a test panel to make sure you can get the look you want.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve heard every question on the planet about epoxy projects. When it comes to shower walls, some of the ones we hear the most are these:
- Can you epoxy shower walls? Yes! That’s the whole point of this guide, of course! But it must be done with premade panels—you can’t slather epoxy on existing shower walls and expect it to work. The process is different from that of epoxy countertops.
- Can you epoxy a shower floor? Yes again! Although, as we noted above, it can be slippery. You’ll want to add something to help your feet grip when it’s wet.
- How do you clean epoxy shower walls? It’s just easier that cleaning grout, we can tell you that. You can clean with soap and water or any epoxy cleaning agent you like.
- Is epoxy good for bathrooms? Epoxy is great for bathrooms! If you’re planning to do your shower walls, you might as well do your bathroom countertop, too.
- Is epoxy waterproof? Epoxy is very waterproof. You won’t have to worry about water leaking through your shower walls, floors, or anything else.
Of course, you may have more questions. And we’re happy to answer them! Feel free to drop us a line any time—we’ll try to help you figure out how to make your project succeed.
Pro Tips and Popular Builds
Every good DIY guide has a few pro tips! Here are some of ours: Our customers love darker stone colors in their showers. Two of the most-loved kits from us are our Black Galaxy Epoxy Kit and our Black Marble Epoxy Kit.
In the Black Galaxy Epoxy Kit , the metallics and colors are:
- 15 grams of silver glitter
- 15 grams of black glitter
- Black epoxy undercoat
In the Black Marble Epoxy Kit , the metallics and colors are:
- 15 grams of black metallic powder
- 15 grams of white metallic powder
- Black epoxy undercoat
Our Carrara marble is also very popular. If you want a lighter look in your bathroom, try out white marble.
In the Carrara Marble Epoxy Kit , the metallics and colors are:
- 15 grams of white metallic powder
- 15 grams of black metallic powder
- White epoxy undercoat
Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Epoxy Shower Walls
Follow the steps below to create the best epoxy shower for your bathroom! We suggest six easy stages to get the job done. But if you want to see how easy it is, just watch the video:
Step 1: Demo Your Old Shower
You’ll need to take your shower down the greenboard sheetrock. Check for mold. If you see mold, remove it with mold removal spray.
Then, apply two coats of Ardex SK1 waterproofing membrane to the back of the sheetrock and walls. This is also the best time to adjust the height of your shower head.
Step 2: Template Your Shower Walls
Template and lay out your shower panels on your substrate of choice. Use a small amount of acetone to glue Stone Coat templating material together. Use a permanent pen to mark the template with helpful information like window and shower head placement. We often recommend foam panels reinforced with fiberglass mesh.
Step 3: Add Screw-in Strip
If installing shower doors, you will need something stout to hang the doors to. We used a plastic solid piece of trim. Router a channel large enough to fit the trim piece to be installed. Use mixed Quick Coat to glue in the screw strip. Quick Coat is a 1:1 ratio by volume epoxy. Mix for 2 min, scrape off excess Quick Coat.
Step 5: Mix and Spread Quick Coat
Mix up Quick Coat at a 1:1 mix ratio thoroughly. Add a metallic powder or epoxy dye to color your epoxy as desired. Apply 2 oz per sq ft of quick coat to panel.
Step 4: Apply Fiberglass Mesh
Apply fiberglass mesh to the shower panel over Quick Coat. Use scissors or a utility knife to cut the mesh to size. Use a squeegee or a Bondo spreader to evenly coat the Fiberglass Mesh backing over the foam panel.
Step 6: Glue Together Large Foam Panels
If necessary, glue two foam panels together with Quick Coat. Use Tyvek tape or 3 mil plastic underneath the foam to keep panels from sticking to your table.
Step 7: Apply Mesh and Quick Coat to Seamed Panels
Once the base layer of Quick Coat has cured, apply another coat of Quick Coat tinted to desired color to the fiberglass mesh to strengthen the foam to prepare for the color coat of epoxy.
Step 8: Prime the Shower
You’ll need to get the shower area ready for epoxy shower wall panels. We recommend using our epoxy undercoat and then letting it dry for 24 hours.
Step 9: Mix the Epoxy
Measure & mix Stone Coat Countertop Epoxy at 4 ounces per square foot of shower panel. Stone Coat Epoxy is a 1:1 ratio by volume epoxy, mix for 2 minutes with a drill and paddle mixer. Pour mixed epoxy into separate containers (as many containers as colors you will create).
Step 10: Mix in Epoxy Additives
If using the Exotic Pour technique, use a couple colors from each of the following epoxy additives: Metallic Powder, Liquid Epoxy Dye, and Spray Paint. Add in colors and mix thoroughly. Layer mixed colored epoxy back into your larger mixing bucket, taking time to fog spray paint colors between some layers of epoxy. Pour in your colored epoxy in a random fashion.
Step 11: Pour Shower Epoxy
Before pouring epoxy, tape off the edges of the shower panel with masking tape. Pour the colored epoxy onto your shower panel. Fill any voids and break up any surface tension with your gloved fingertips. Remove air from the epoxy with a propane torch. Keep the head of the torch 2-3 inches from the surface of the epoxy, torching in a sweeping motion. Remove the tape from the panels between hours 3-4 after mixing. Allow to cure for 24 hours before moving on to the next step.
Step 12: Add the Clear Coat
Apply clear coat in layers. You’ll need to wait for each layer to dry. After you apply your second clear coat, it should be ready.
Remember to remove drips by pushing them down with your brush or trowel.
You’ll also need to waterproof the backsides of the panels. Even though epoxy is waterproof, this step ensures that the walls themselves are also waterproof. Apply two coats of Ardex SKI waterproofing membrane.
Step 13: Apply Ultimate Top Coat to Shower Panels
For superior scratch resistance and for the best natural sheen, we recommend applying Stone Coat Countertops Ultimate Top Coat. First, sand dried clear coat with 220 grit sandpaper to prepare for the Ultimate Top Coat. Use a grinder and 50 grit metal fiber sanding disc to remove the dried drips from the underside of the shower panel. Mix Stone Coat Top Coat at a 2:1 ratio by volume and add a cap full of water. Mix thoroughly with a slow speed drill and paddle mixer for 2-3 minutes. Pour mixed Ultimate Top Coat in a paint tray. Only mix enough top coat that can be applied in 15 minutes.
De-shed two paint rollers. One will be used to apply the top coat wet, and the second will be used to dry roll the top coat. Saturate a paint roller with top coat and back roll excess off in paint tray. Apply to the center of the shower panel and roll top coat thin and even. Use the dry roller as soon as you complete wet rolling. Don't forget the edges!
Step 14: Install and Attach the Epoxy Shower Panels
Use a fine tooth wood blade to make any cuts to your shower panel. We used a wood cutting hole saw to cut the hole for the shower head. Use delicate release tape to layout any cuts.
Use 100% Silicone to attach your shower panels to the wall. Ensure your walls have a proper moisture barrier installed before gluing your new epoxy panels. Shower walls can be installed by a single person, however, a second (or third) set of hands may make it easier. Two people make the project move much more quickly. Both can fill in joints with 100% silicone (and apply 2” blobs to the panels and walls), but if necessary, one person can also hold the epoxy panels in place.
To keep things where the need to be, apply pressure, tape in place (if needed), and allow to dry.
Step 15: Masking and Silicone Application
Use blue painter’s tape to mask off joints. Then, apply 100% silicone to the epoxy shower panel joints. You can remove the tape when the silicone is dry.
After that, screw in your shower head and fixtures. Then, you’re done! You have a beautiful shower that you can enjoy for years to come.
Next Steps for Your Project
We love epoxy shower walls. They really transform any bathroom into a beautiful statement piece. Epoxy offers so many options for colors, designs, and inserts. You can make anything you want for the shower of your dreams!
So, just remember…You Got This!
Create Custom Realistic Faux Stone Window Trim
We used our silicone rubber mold making material to create our own faux stone window trim. We molded a few travertine tile pieces. Use melamine to crate a form. Mix the silicone rubber at a 1:1 ratio by volume. Ensure the tile is completely covered by the silicone rubber material and let dry 24 hours. Remove form sides and peel up cured silicone rubber.
Mix up Stone Coat Countertop Epoxy and in another bucket add in sand in your desired color. You want the mixture to be thick but still self level. Roughly 50/50 epoxy to sand. Mix and apply into the silicone rubber mold the sand and epoxy with your gloved hands. Let the mixture completely dry, remove from the mold and with a utility knife remove any excess dried epoxy.
Cut the window trim to size using a grinder and a masonry cut off blade. Mix a small batch of epoxy and sand to be used to glue the window trim pieces together. When dry, use your choice of spray paint colors to fog on realistic stone like texture.
Install the faux stone window trim with 100% silicone.
Create A Custom River Rock Shower Pan
Thoroughly clean and dry smooth pea gravel in your color of choice.
Mix up Stone Coat Countertop Epoxy, ensure the mixed epoxy is completely covering the pea pebbles. We use our gloved hands for a good mix.
Using a wooden concrete float, tamp down the epoxy covered pea pebbles. Let the epoxy completely dry before using the shower.
Using a wooden concrete float, stamp down the epoxy covered pea pebbles. Let the epoxy completely dry before using the shower.