How to Remove a Fiberglass Tub Surround

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  • 2-3 hours
  • Intermediate
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What You'll Need
Crowbar, or pry bar
Utility knife
Drywall saw
Nail bar
Power drill with screwdriver bit

Fiberglass tub surround panels don't break easily; they don't often loose their luster, and they typically don't leak. Still, you may want to replace one when you remodel, paint your bathroom, or simply replace your existing tub surround with tile. Whatever your reason, when you get ready to remove the surround, there are a few things you may want to know. Refer to the steps below for some of this needed information.

Step 1 - Remove Shower Faucet Handles

To remove your faucet knobs or handles, you'll need to remove the screws that hold the handles in place. To do so, first remove the cap that covers the screw. If you have 2 shower knobs or handles, you'll need to remove them both. Use a flat head screwdriver, and slip the tip under the edge of the cap and pry upwards. If you find it to be a challenge to push the screwdriver tip under the cap, you may need to tap the top end of the screwdriver gently with the heel of your hand. Remove the cap. Then use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screw. Finally, pull off the shower knobs or handles.

Step 2 - Remove the Tub Spout

The spout should be held in place by a set screw. Locate a set screw on the bottom surface of the spout. If there is a screw there, remove it with a screwdriver. If there is no screw, turn the faucet counter-clockwise until it is removed from its place against the wall.

Step 3 - Turn Off the Flow of Water

Locate the 2 shutoff valve knobs that control the flow of water into your tub. If you have a basement, these valves will usually be located there, under the tub. If you have no basement, look for a removable wall panel near the bathtub. Be sure they are both completely turned off.

Step 4 - Remove the Surround

To remove the surround, you will need to remove the drywall to which the surround is attached. If you try to remove the surround without removing the drywall, the drywall will most likely be damaged or destroyed. Make a cut in the drywall an inch above the top edge of the surround, using a utility knife or drywall saw. Slip the end of your crowbar between the back surface of the drywall and find a wall stud. Then pry the drywall and surround from the wall.

Step 5 - Remove Drywall Nails or Screws From the Studs

Most likely, you'll need to remove the nails or screws that hold the drywall to the wall studs. Use your power drill to remove the drywall screws. Use your nail bar to remove drywall nails from the wall studs. When you pull the drywall off, the fiberglass surround will come with it.