Sophisticated patterns instantly elevate your bathroom style
Quick installation by gluing pre-cut panels to wall board
Designed for durability and easy care
out of 139 reviews
82% recommend this product
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Oct 12, 2020
Dealing with warped panels
Look at the photo before reading.The panels were bowed out of the box and kept popping off instantly no matter what the adhesive. So I cut 5 or 6 2x4's 58-3/4" for the back and some more for the sides. Back panel comes 59" assuming walls are framed exactly 60" apart and have 1/2" drywall.Check the fit on the lower back panel 1st. If the tub is not level then hold the panel level with 1 corner on the high side of the tub. Scribe with a pencil and cut with a fine blade skilsaw or a jigsaw, or someone said a sharp (new) utility knife works.I put the adhesive on the back of the lower back panel using double the adhesive (Panels come in a lower and upper piece which lap nicely). I put the lower panel on the wall. While someone held it to keep it from popping off the wall I put a 58-3/4" 2x4 across the bottom and drove a 3" torx head screw (way easier to screw than a phillips) at an angle into the corner stud on each side using a cordless impact driver (must have).angle it so it just misses the edge of the panel. Work your way up the back panel with several 2x4's. Wait a few hours for the adhesive to dry. pull off the 2x4's.Put on the side panel the same way. Dry fit the side panel before putting adhesive on the back.If the joint does not look good then hold the exposed edge plumb and scribe the edge against the back panel. Cut with a jigsaw or fine tooth skilsaw. Check the fit again. with all panels check that the tub is level. if not, hold the panel level and plumb down on the tub and scribe and cut.when putting up the side 2x4's, predrill thru the 2x4 this time. Hold the 2x4 on the wall with 1 end in the corner and predrill using 3/16" bit at an angle and aim carefully to get just into the panel corner and drill all the way thru the panel because your screw will not go thru the panel. run the side 2x4's long past the front edge of the side panels to catch a stud and patch the hole in the drywall later. Find the stud ahead of time with a studfinder or tap with your hammer.yes there is a hole at the inside corners where the panels meet but if you did a good job scribing the joint (or got lucky and the walls were already perfect) and if you do a good job aiming for the corner when you predrill for the 2x4 cleat then the clear silicone that you run down that corner joint hides it ok even though clear. yes use clear silicone.Jim
3 people found this helpful
Sep 25, 2020
Turned out beautiful, headache for contractor
These walls turned out great but they were not easy for our contractor. Unless you know what you are doing I advise you have a professional install. One of the walls was warped, they wouldnt stick and nothing comes with these walls to use for installation. Thankfully we had a contractor who knew what to do, ended up having to use some type of adjesive that he spread around like grout, he then buit a temproary brace structure out of 2X4s that forced each wall against the drywall to set and dry in place for 24 hours. Hopefully that did the trick and they will never give issues down the road as it currently looks perfect and turned out as shown in photo.
First impressions during un-packaging and installation.
I had to replace a fiberglass shower and tub unit. I chose to install a cast iron tub and the Passage shower walls from American Standard. Here are my thoughts.
1. Seemed to be well pakaged but no protective plastic over finish as another commenter stated. However, the packing did have protective sheets between each panel.
2. Some cupping of panels, both across and vertically noted when removed from the box. Not sure if this was by design or post manufacture warpage. But it seemed to help keep the edges snug against the wall during installation.
3. No documentation was included with product i.e. installation or care instructions (available online however as well as the video link below).
4. I wish there was a finish / protective trim for the top of the panels rather than exposed wood edges. I ended up painting all edges, including those of the plumbing holes, with Kilz primer prior to installation and applied sealant to edges that joined together during the installation.
5. Online instructions indicate adhesive and color matched sealant is included. However, that was not the case with the Serene Marble walls that I purchased. It is understandable that products with a defined shelf life may no longer be included, but the instructions do not contain product recommendations for adhesive or color matching sealant. I found the following American Standard video displays tools and products used in the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxBItIhpOLs
6. The instructions appear to recommend 2 tubes of adhesive, but that would be very conservative. I used 5 tubes of adhesive and 2 tubes of sealant in my installation (over green wall). Prior to gluing up the wall, I did a sample test using some spare wall material that was trimmed away and verified the adhesive bond of the Loctite heavy duty Power Grab with the drywall. When I pealed apart the sample, it tore the outer layer of drywall away.
7. The installation took considerable pressure to remove the cupping. I used bracing from the opposing walls to assist and left in place for 18+ hours. Once the bracing was removed, the adhesive appeared to hold well and the walls remained flat. I used a truck bed cargo bar which seemed to worked well for each end wall. To assist joining the two side walls, I used a nail pry tool to ‘gently’ push the walls together and squeeze out the excess sealant. However, be very careful as the wall edge can chip easily.
8. All in all, the installation went well and I was satisfied with the appearance. In the attached photo, I was still in the process of applying the sealant around the edges and repainting. I will follow-up if any post installation issues occur.
I used this kit for a bathroom remodel. The door and the walls look very nice and were easy to install. I used the marble “look” and it looks like real marble from outside the shower. The shower base, however, is very cheaply made and very flimsy. The directions tell you not to support the edges of the shower pan, but the instructional video from the manufacturer shows supports installed. If you don’t support the back and side edges, they will bend if someone steps anywhere near the edge of the shower pan. This makes it impossible to keep your edges sealed with silicone, and will cause leaks (luckily, I watched the manufacturer’s video before I installed mine). I recommend buying a different shower base if you decide to use this kit.
Response from AmericanStandardBrandsFeb 5, 2020
Caleb, I'm sorry to see you weren't completely satisfied with your American Standard shower base. We put a lot of thought into our products, so it is unfortunate whenever we do not meet a customer’s expectations. We would like to connect with you to learn more about your experience to find a way to help! Please visit the American Standard Website, and email us directly through the “Contact Us” section and reference your review. Sincerely Your American Standard Consumer Connection Team.
13 people found this helpful
Nov 8, 2019
I got this for a total different purpose than it was made for. I wanted the subway tile look in my garage but easy to clean up and can be sprayed with a hose. These panel look great and were easy to install to the plywood. Make sure to use the glue made especially for acrylic panels or the glue color will bleed through the panel. They look great and are easy to clean. I’m sure they would do great as shower walls as well. The back is two pieces and each side is one separate piece.
Very nice easy to install shower wall set. This product looks just like subway tile, without all ...
Very nice easy to install shower wall set. This product looks just like subway tile, without all the work of installing tile. Can be installed right on top of Sheetrock so if you are converting a bathtub to also have a shower this is the ticket. Just use the correct construction adhesive to install. Trims with a good sharp scoring knife slice 3-4 times on the back side and snap. The more slices the safer your break. Thanks!
This 4 piece glue up alcove shower wall surround kit is shipped in a flat box, and it’s heavier t...
This 4 piece glue up alcove shower wall surround kit is shipped in a flat box, and it’s heavier than expected. When I first took it out of the box I noticed it is not the flimsy pieces used in other surround kits, it feels solid but still easy to handle. The instructions are easy to follow. I did have to cut the panels to get a good fit, but the material is very easy to work with. If you can cut a straight line, you can do this. You will need to purchase an instant grab waterproof adhesive and tub and tile sealant, to caulk around all the seams and edges once installation is completed. Installation for me was much easier and quicker than using tile. Once installed, this makes for a nice looking shower. Really updated my bathroom.
What I like - pairs perfectly wiht a 32x60 shower pan for an easily remodel of a bathtub based ba...
What I like - pairs perfectly wiht a 32x60 shower pan for an easily remodel of a bathtub based bathroom to a walk in shower. Subway tile look provides a modern, yet classic look. Install is easy if you've done solid surface or acrylic surrounds before (four sheets - two back wall and one on each end).. Cuts for plumbing are easy with drill. Scribe cuts for tight corners are smooth and easy (I used jig saw and sanders). Dark faux grout lines look real. Bullnose edge curves into drywall nicely. 3M shower shelves stick well to the walls. Will be very easy to keep clean.
What I don't like - Sheets are thin and flimsy until installed. There are no overlapping seams - seams are but joint vs tongue and grove or ship lap. American Standard Passage specs indicate adhesive is included - it is not.
Recommendation - Prep, prep, prep. Make sure you or your remolding crew read instructions. And take time to prep the shower. Install can be over green board, but for a few extra bucks and ease of mind, I installed over cement board. I did all my prep work on the cement board - taped seams, squared out corners, ensured walls were flat (plumb is nice to have, but flat is a must have). Use high grade silicone adhesive (I used GE).
Response from AmericanStandardBrandsOct 15, 2019
I'm sorry to see you aren't completely satisfied with your Passage Alcove shower. We put a lot of thought into our products, so it is unfortunate whenever we do not meet a customer’s expectations. We stopped including adhesive due to the shelf life of the adhesive. We would like to connect with you to learn more about your experience to find a way to help! Please visit the American Standard Website, and email us directly through the “Contact Us” section and reference your review. Sincerely Your American Standard Consumer Connections Team.
I requested these subway shower wall panels through the Home Depot Seeds program to give a nice c...
I requested these subway shower wall panels through the Home Depot Seeds program to give a nice clean update in our home, though not to the bathtub shower stall as you can see. These panels are almost perfect in size as manufactured to cover all of the crumbling plaster wall in the kitchen where there used to be a storage cabinet.
These wall panels will not only give this side alcove/basement staircase area new life, but they will also make cleaning this area so much easier. Instead of having to use a rag with harsh chemicals to strip away decades of staining and grime from the crumbling plaster walls, I'll be able to use a cloth with mild soapy water to gently wipe away anything that gets on these.
The additional bonus to using these panels in this location is that there are also 2 electrical boxes with cover plates to close them off and a hole I had to drill in the wall to run network cable for a cellular communicator. I'll be able to remove the unsightly cover plates and trim a small groove for the network cable in the plaster wall to make these wall panels fit flush.
In the event you are also considering using these shower panels in a similar fashion (low cost subway tile look outside of a shower stall), I want to recommend that you make sure to make any cuts to corner wall section side of your panel. That will leave a perfectly clean and straight manufacturer cut edge that won't leave any gaps when joining two separate wall panel pieces next to each other.
I recently received these shower wall panels as part of HD product review program. They arrived w...
I recently received these shower wall panels as part of HD product review program. They arrived well packed for shipment with no damage. After looking into different options, these really are a good value. As far as shower wall covering, it's far better than tile and grout in terms of cleaning, mold and leak resistance. Lots of options/color schemes available, too. We have not installed as yet because we are tearing out the entire shower area. Replacing everything....wall board, base, faucets etc. Old house and nothing is plumb. As far as installation goes, that depends on skill level. Certainly requires basic carpentry aptitude at least. I do recommend these panels for quality, cleanliness and visual appeal. Very nice product!