Paint or replace curved bath panel

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Hi, (sorry if this is not the correct forum to post this question)

My partner hates our bath panel and "demands" a white one. I am in a dilemma having never touched a bath panel before I am not sure if its easier to paint the existing panel or rip it out and replace with a white one.

I don't think the current material is wood, maybe MDF ? If this is the case what is the best method of painting it. Do i need to rough sand, apply a primer and then gloss or equivalent. Can anyone recommend a suitable primer?

How hard is it to fit an round bath panel? Should i consider a flexible white plastic one, build up the curve with a sequence of small sheets of ply or maybe T&G plastic cladding etc. As you can probably tell from the questions I have no idea how to go about replacing the panel and to be honest the prospect terrifies me.

Ps the current bath panel measures 2160mm - the max length i have seen is 2000mm is this going to be an issue.

Any suggestions or advice is welcome.

Hopefully these pictures will clarify the magnitude of the problem.


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The chances of finding a white panel with the same radius will probably be very slim, so I agree painting it would be the remedy to pursue. It would not be difficult give it a fine sanding then spray with etch primer & spray white gloss using car spray cans. Try a bit on the inside first if possible.
You could also do with some white mastic around the edge of the bath & panel to stop water getting under the lip of the bath
 
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I agree keep that one and paint or stain it. It looks to be well made and a shame to rip it out, so some re-purposing would be good. Perhaps something that lets the grain show through? You'll have to rub through the varnish back to bare wood, use a multitool with a sanding pad and foam backing.

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Thanks for the advice, I am going to follow the consensus of opinion and attempt to paint it and see how it goes.

Turns out its mdf with a laminate on, so I've rough sanded it and now plan to paint it with oil based Satinwood http://www.screwfix.com/p/leyland-trade-satinwood-paint-brilliant-white-2-5ltr/75370.

Can anyone suggest a suitable undercoat/primer for the paint to stick to?
Would any oil based primer be suitable?
Is applying a primer unnecessary as the paint is self undercoating and the panels are already sealed?

Thanks in advance.
 
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We looked into painting some laminate furnature a while back and I seem to recall a shellac based primer was recommended.
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