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Non-skid corian shower pan

geoffhazel's picture

Our customer wanted hard surface walls in the shower (we are using LG) and wanted the shower pan made of the same material. No problem, said the LG shop. The customer expected the shower pan floor would be "etched" to have something of a non-skid surface, and I thought we confirmed that with the shop -- but when the pan was delivered today, the floor is smooth. I didn't notice it until the installers had left. We called the shop and they said "no, we always make them that way, never had an issue."

Is is possible or advisable to "etch" the floor to be more non-slip? either with chemicals, or an 80 grit wheel?

I can see a benefit to doing that, but not sure how much nonslip it will even be then. And the drawbacks: might not look all that good, and also provides place to trap dirt and bacteria.

When the supplier comes next week to install the walls, they are going to bring a scrap that's been sanded a bit for the customer to look at; I'd like to have some "been there done that" advice from this forum to add to the discussion.

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The sanded or etched bits will discolor quickly and easily. If it is very slippery put several of the adhesive pads or strips down. I wouldn't touch the surface.

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Have not "been there and done that".

Unfamiliar with LG - this is the home of DuPont, so Corian tends to rule.....

Have Corian counter tops and they seem a bit slippery when wet to use as a shower pan but perhaps not any more than other plastic surfaces.

What about cutting a very shallow "traction" pattern into the pan with a router?

Like a 1/8" cove bit? Or a V-grooving bit? My router cuts in Corian tend to be "smooth enough" for the bottom of a groove without further polishing.

Still would produce a dirt trap, but less than a randomly roughened surface.

I would tend to let the customers "try it out" in it's smooth state before making any permanent modifications to the pan.

One of those wonderfully attractive RubberMaid mats with the suction cups on the back will provide a temporary fix if it is too slippery.


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Safety bar(s) on the wall.