Bathtub Inlays FAQ
- What is a tub or shower inlay?
- What does an inlay do?
- What type of fixtures can a shower or bathtub inlay be used on?
- What types of surfaces are not suitable for a tub inlay?
- Is an inlay difficult to install?
- Do all inlays require a template?
- How do I make a template?
- What colors do NAPCO inlays come in?
- Can I custom order an anti-slip surface for my inlay?
- What about the edge of the inlay?
- How durable are inlays?
- What if the tub or shower bottom is soft?
- Once I place my order, how long before I receive my inlay?
- How long before my customer can use their bathtub or shower?
- How should my customer clean the inlay?
- Does the inlay come with a guarantee?
- Should I offer my customer a guarantee on the inlay?
- What should I charge to install an inlay?
- Will the inlay come loose?
Q: What is a tub or shower inlay?
A: An inlay is a custom manufactured piece of laminate that completely covers the bottom of a bathtub or shower. Using special adhesive, a permanent bond is created to the tub or shower bottom. The end result is a permanently repaired fixture.
Q: What does an inlay do?
A: Inlays permanently repair cracks in fiberglass, plastic and acrylic tub and shower bottoms. The damaged bottom is permanently repaired with a brand new slip resistant bottom.
Q: Do all inlays require a template?
A: Templates are required for irregular shapes or more complicated designs. Inlays with simple square or rectangular shapes (including drain holes or drain wraps) can be ordered by calling us.
Q: How do I make a template?
A: It's easy to do. Complete instructions are on this site.
Q: What if the tub or shower bottom is soft?
A: Not a problem. Simply drill a few holes in the the fixture bottom and fill with NAPCO's Froth Pak The bottom will be shored up nicely. There's no need to patch the holes, because the inlay will permanently cover them.
Q: What should I charge to install an inlay?
A: Pricing for your customers depends on several factors - the size of the inlay, whether the job is residential or commercial and how many you are installing at one time. Call NAPCO toll-free for help on bidding your jobs.
Q: Will the inlay come loose?
A: If you follow NAPCO's easy step-by-step instructions, the inlay will permanently bond to the original bottom. In the unlikely event one was installed incorrectly, you can remove the inlay, sand the surface and install a new inlay.