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Old 06-10-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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I am installing a new tub and surround. I believe the tub does not have drywall behind it, but the surround does. Should the drywall for the surround be primed or painted before the surround is attached or can it be attached to the unfinished surface?

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any time iv'e installed 1 piece surround or tub w/3 walls you set to rough stud then rock to it.

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I don't think it matters whether the wallboard is primed or painted first. Water and moisture should not be getting back there when the seams are properly caulked.

The glue used to attach the tub surround panels to the wall will bond slightly better to unfinished drywall.
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There shouldn't be any drywall used around tub, use cement board but after the tub is in.
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Use cement board after you install the tub.. There should be a lip on the tub the cement board can rest on..
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Use cement board after you install the tub.. There should be a lip on the tub the cement board can rest on..
Yes you want that space so it sits on the tub lip.
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I am installing a new tub and surround. I believe the tub does not have drywall behind it, but the surround does. Should the drywall for the surround be primed or painted before the surround is attached or can it be attached to the unfinished surface?
What type of surround are you installing. There is the type that glues onto a wallboard surface- can be dry wall or cement board. But the the other type is much more rigid, usually is part of a set with the tub and mounts directly to the wall studs.
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As to the type of surround, I'm not sure at the moment, other than it's a five piece unit. I have also heard, recently, that cement board is not required and even the moisture resistant isn't all that it's claimed to be. The reasoning is that direct moisture should reach the board ... because of the surround, and humidity isn't enough to create any issues. Any comments?
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In my opinion keep the things simple now there are few who do go for cement board but it does not make much difference I would rather say that go with the advice of Allan.
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If all else fails, read the directions.

What does the manufacturer recommend?
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If you go with a fiberglass surround then it gets attached to the studs then sheet rock on top and around it.
If you just put a skirting sheet then it gets liquid nailed to the Sheetrock or cement board.

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