Tiling in a bath

Discussion in 'Plumbers' Talk' started by Iron_Mike, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. Iron_Mike

    Iron_Mike Active Member


    I have a relatively small bathroom. In order to make the room a bit bigger and integrate the bath better, I was thinking of tiling the side panel.

    Appreciate if the bath plays up you have an issue fixing things.

    But the property has had push piping recently installed throughout, so hopefully I shouldn't have any issues going forward.

    Is it more hassle than its worth?

    Any thoughts appreciated.


  2. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

  3. nigel willson

    nigel willson Well-Known Member

    You won’t say that when the waste breaks,the taps want changing. Always make panel off bath fit afterwards.otherwise ull be smashing it out with a hammer.
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  4. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Well-Known Member

    It’s totally fine having a tiled bath panel, if that fits the scheme your going for BUT ........ it must be constructed on a back board, say 12mm ply (can go thinner just add battens on the back of the board) and it MUST be removable

    If ur a handy diy’er this is a straightforward job with some planning and measuring involved

    Various ways of fixing the panel whilst still keeping it removable, some of the design will depend on the bath and frame construction. Can use simple mirror screws drilled through tiles and into timber (use the flat headed mirror screws as the domes are soooooo old fashioned)

    Look at ‘Keku Fixings’, or even Velcro tape.

    Some baths have metal clips to hold supplied panel on, some have a groove under top edge of bath that panel slips into, various others I guess. You may have to be ingenious but can usually work something out

    Not so easy if a P shaped bath ! :eek:
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  5. G&W Plumbing & Heating

    G&W Plumbing & Heating Active Member

    I’ve tiles loads even L shape baths

    In fact I’m doing one tomorrow

    Just build the frame, cut a piece of ply and connect with magnet catches

    You can’t grout the edges of the removable panel so must conceal with silicone

    If you need to remove you simply cut the mastic and use suction grips to remove
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  6. WillyEckerslike

    WillyEckerslike Well-Known Member

    You've asked this before.
  7. Iron_Mike

    Iron_Mike Active Member

    Cheers for the advice lads.

    It is an L shaped bath.
  8. ClaireSukeyChapman

    ClaireSukeyChapman New Member

    I wouldn't. Eventually something will go wrong... chaos theory...

    I replaced a bath panel for £5 off ebay the other day in a flat I rent out. Can easily be removed in the future.

    Some properties I have have boards that have obviously been home made and the screws have rusted so much I dread the day that something goes wrong and they need removing..
  9. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Well-Known Member

    Simple ..... use stainless steel screws,or brass screws, or another type of fixing
  10. CGN

    CGN Well-Known Member

    Simple...use nails instead :D
  11. Better still, No More Nails :p
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  12. G&W Plumbing & Heating

    G&W Plumbing & Heating Active Member

    Just like that guys

    Magnet catches

    Attached Files:

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  13. Iron_Mike

    Iron_Mike Active Member

    Cheers fella
  14. Rob_bv

    Rob_bv Active Member

    As has been said, magnet catches or Keku fixings - personally I prefer the magnet catches as they have a little bit more leeway than the keku fixings, which need to be pretty spot on when they're installed.

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