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Old 12-18-2013, 09:31 AM   #1
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Putting beadboard in a bathroom. What type of material to use?


I'd like to put beadboard in a bathroom, but I'm worried about the moisture ruining what I install. Thought about MDF because it shouldn't expand and contract, but how will it handle the moisture in the air?

I'd like to use something 1/4" tongue and groove, rather than have to mess with large sheets. Is there something that is more recommended for this type of project? I also thought about using vinyl, but I don't care for how it looks and you can't really paint it. Any thoughts or ideas on this? Would the 1/4" T & G MDF be ok.. or would I be replacing it in a few years?

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What type of humidity control does the bathroom have? Solve that problem first.

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Just a window that may or may not be open during showers... no exhaust fan.
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#1 You really need a real exhaust fan!
MDF would soak up moisture like a sponge.
Why would you not want to use panels?
With panels you would not have to add vertical strips to attach it.
This is what I use.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded...600/203223539#

I sand it to remove the burrs, prime, then two coats of enamel paint.
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Joe, thanks for the advice. The exhaust fan will be on it's way.. but probably not until spring or summer.

I have no problem using this if it will solve my concerns about moisture. After priming it carefully, you just glue it to the drywall and anchor the edges with staples? Also, what do you do for the cap and base?
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Sort of.
All ends need to be in the middle of a stud.
It's installed about 1/2" up off the floor.(floors are almost never perfectly level or flat)

It's best to start in the middle of the wall and work out so the cuts come out about even on the ends.

I use Loctite Power grab for an adhesive. http://www.loctiteproducts.com/p/12/...n-Adhesive.htm

I use a pneumatic narrow crown staple gun with 1" fasteners.

Just about any panel cap moulding this shape will work.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/House-of-...11B/204230682#

You first snap a level line at the desired height where the panels going to sit. (make sure to account for the 1/2")
Mark where the studs are just above it with small pieces of blue tape.
Make a mark in the center of the panel at the top, and on the wall on the stud closest to the middle you can.
Apply the glue in a square on the outside edges about 2" from the edges and a couple of lazy S's in the middle.
Set the piece on the line and staple at the top of the panel about 1/2 down from the top.
No staple along the top working out to the edges. (Do not staple the two ends yet)
Use a rolling pin to roll across the surface of the panels to spread out the glue behind the panel.
Now staple in one of the beads on the ends and at the bottom about 1/2 up.
There should be no need for staples in the field.
The base and cap moulding will hold it to the wall.

The two end pieces need to be custom cut and scribed in. Done right there should be no need for inside corner moulding.
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What about doing Veranda/Evertrue paint grade PVC from Lowes? Ever tried that?

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