09:03AM | 09/08/05
Member Since: 09/07/05
3 lifetime posts
We have one-piece fiberglass tub/shower units in our bathrooms, but they're only about 6 feet high, leaving about 1 and 1/2 feet of painted wall above. The wallboard has been replaced twice now because the splashing water causes the paint to peel and the board eventually deteriorates. The last repair was a year ago, and the paint is already starting to pop up again. Can I cover the board, before it starts to deteriorate, with tile? If so, how do I prepare the surface?


06:15PM | 09/08/05
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
If not too much trouble, take down the drywall and replace with 1/2" cement board, then set the tile in modified thinset. Leave a 1/8" gap between the tile and the top of the one piece, fill that with caulk in the same color as the grout. Do the same along the ceiling.


07:36AM | 09/10/05
Member Since: 09/07/05
3 lifetime posts
Thanks, Tileguy. Actually, this last time, what was used was 1/2 inch greenboard -- "moisture-resistant gypsum core, water repellent surface". So I think (and I hope you can tell me) that that should stay and I don't have to replace it. But can I tile over the paint that's on it?

doug seibert

08:03AM | 09/10/05
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
Until recently ......You could install the greenboard within the tub enclosure....

NOT any more........the Listing has been changed....No more tubs and showers....

The product was never listed/intended to support a TILE surround.......


10:37AM | 09/10/05
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
That moisture resistant gypsum core is a joke. I have seen so many wrecked tub walls with greenboard. Water can get in on the side where there is no green paper and the gypsum sucks up the water like a sponge.

If you caulked the base of the board to keep out all water and rough sanded the paint the tile will stick to it but for how long is the question. You have seen the past results of water getting up on that shelf. I would not take the chance.


06:44PM | 09/10/05
Member Since: 09/07/05
3 lifetime posts
Wow -- not what I wanted to hear, but thanks to all for the good advice.


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Painting your front door a striking color is risky, but it will really grab attention. Picking the right shade (and finish... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon