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Old 05-21-2010, 02:11 PM   #1
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"Water proofing" above shower enclosure


I just installed a new tub and shower w/ plastic walls. The tub instructions state that no waterproofing material is needed around the back of the tub which I can understand. However, what about behind the drywall that will be above the shower walls? They wont be in direct contact with the water but Id imagine they will get very wet from condensation and some splashing. Thanks a ton!

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Shane I am in the process of doing exactly the same thing. My Shower surround is 4' and I have about 2.5' above it. I have used a good sealer on the Blueboard I used around the shower and have talked with a couple of home re-modelers and feel comfortable with the Sheetrock sealer and a good paint on top that it will be sufficient. Now to be clear my situation is that this is a basement shower and it will be seldom used so my concern has been more focused on making sure I don't have a mold or mildew issue.

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I asked at our local Porter, and Sherwin-Williams stores about this for the area just above my tub/shower. S-W seemed to be more helpful up front, and showed me a "bath paint" which was specific for drywall above a tub/shower area that would get wet from someone taking a shower, but not direct water aimed at the drywall. So far, so good with this paint. One thing I also believe in is adequate and maybe even over-adequate bath room area ventilation. You can leave the bath/shower area after using it, but if you don't remove the moisture still on the walls, you are causing a problem down the road. I like to use timed switches in a bath area to control the exhaust fan. The one I prefer looks just like a regular toggle switch, has the timer built inside, and is adjustable for the delay. I just flip the switch to the lower, or "timed", position and walk out. Ten minutes later, the timed switch turns the fan off and the moisture is gone. Contact a local paint store, talk to someone who really seems to know what they are talking about to find a good bath area paint. David
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Where did you get this switch? Sounds interesting.

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