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Old 03-05-2008, 03:54 PM   #1
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I am doing a repair at the edge of the bath tub, no matter how hard you try the corner is always going to get wet, I have to put some joint compound at a repair seam, QUESTION: what brand joint compound is the best for bathroom and or high humidity projects? or does it make a differance?
2nd. what would be the best primer and paint to complete the work.

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Old 03-05-2008, 07:38 PM   #2
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Have you considered a tub surround? Buy a ready made one at a box store or consider tiling the surround. If any drywall is exposed to water, either directly, or indirectly, it will not hold up....the plastic and fiberglass tub surrounds are a piece of cake to install. Then, use a bathtub caulk to seal around the edges.

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Old 03-05-2008, 08:39 PM   #3
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An old shoemaker's trick was to use auto body filler, the kind where you mix the filler with a creme hardener. Tough to sand, but once it's sanded smooth, it is very strong and it does survive getting wet. However, the wallboard area it's applied onto can't get wet or else it will simply peel off of it like a scab off of a wound.

There are better solutions to your problem but nothing that's cheap or easy.
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Old 03-05-2008, 08:42 PM   #4
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You could also use a more pliable material: It is much easier to work with, than bondo: http://www.minwax.com/products/woodm...ood-filler.cfm

The materials are essentially the same.

Seal the edges and all other connected edges with paintable silicone.

Paint with a proper exterior grade primer and top coat.

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Old 03-06-2008, 08:39 AM   #5
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joint compound?

I want to thank those that responded, all the ideas are usable, but the one I chose and didn't think of myself, being in the automotive industry, was using BONDO, what a great idea!!!
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Body filler is a great idea, but Bondo is junk. Try to find a better brand and make sure it hasn't lived out it life on the shelf. Auto body and marine supply stores should have fresh ingredients. Sanding is best when in the "green stage," just before it hardens to rock-solid.

Another alternative that I've been having good luck with is vinyl patch. I loaded this stuff in a gap that it would have been too much trouble to match the cut with drywall and it hasn't cracked yet. (knock on head)

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