What is the best way to remove latex paint from a shower liner? The shower I have has a one piece liner along three walls. It looks like it was painted with latex paint which is now peeling off. Behind the paint I can see a brownish yellow stain on the surface which is probably why the previous owner painted over it. So I hope there is some way to clean that ugly stained color as well. So there are two questions here:

  1. How to remove the latex paint

  2. How to remove those ugly stains on the liner

  • Pressure washer or steam cleaner?
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Feb 19, 2022 at 18:46
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    The combination of paint and stains make me think it's time to consider replacement.
    – gnicko
    Commented Feb 19, 2022 at 20:43
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    Before trying to remove the paint, would see if the stains are removable. Decent chance that they have gone inside the surface and the only way would be to remove the surface by sanding, which ruins the surface. If stains don't come out with cleansers and stiff brush/pads, might need to live with them.
    – crip659
    Commented Feb 20, 2022 at 0:12
  • Latex paint I'd think would just peal right off or easily scraped. As for stains, bleach or some type of scale/mold remover.
    – Phaelax z
    Commented Mar 16, 2022 at 18:28

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Try this tip I found for stripping paint from furniture, Easy Off Oven Cleaner. I used it on a 50 year old breaker box cover panel someone had covered with wall paint. It worked great to remove deteriorated latex top coat while leaving the original enamel that was underneath. Leave it 10 minutes or so, scrape off and rinse with water. Ensure good ventilation.

  • Seems like a reasonable approach for a steel breaker box cover. I'm not so certain that it would work on a fiberglass or plastic shower surround. It might end up doing more damage to the fiberglass or plastic than good. The usual suggestion of testing it on a small, inconspicuous location applies, however, there probably isn't a good place to test it that might not cause further problems (water leaks) should the cleaner cause damage.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Mar 16, 2022 at 13:57

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