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Bath Wall Ideas (by Timbo [OH]) Aug 26, 2011 3:58 AM
       Bath Wall Ideas (by Dave [IN]) Aug 26, 2011 4:26 AM
       Bath Wall Ideas (by Roy [AL]) Aug 26, 2011 5:08 AM
       Bath Wall Ideas (by ctlandlord [CT]) Aug 26, 2011 6:28 AM
       Bath Wall Ideas (by Echo [GA]) Aug 26, 2011 6:28 AM
       Bath Wall Ideas (by Virden [OH]) Aug 26, 2011 8:11 AM
       Bath Wall Ideas (by Timbo [OH]) Aug 26, 2011 4:27 PM

Bath Wall Ideas (by Timbo [OH]) Posted on: Aug 26, 2011 3:58 AM

Just started work on a new-to-me duplex that has been vacant for a few years. One bathroom has masonite tileboard that is peeling above a fiberglass tub surround. The glossy tile-like surface is peeling off leaving a particle board type substrate. Short of tearing down the walls and starting over, what have you done to dress up a wall like this? I'm looking for an easy quick repair to get the place rented quickly, since everything else is in pretty good shape. Would sticky floor tiles of a plain marble pattern look terrible? Other ideas?

Bath Wall Ideas (by Dave [IN]) Posted on: Aug 26, 2011 4:26 AM

I used FRP panels for repair of the same condition a few years back. These are the pebble grain panels you see in commercial restrooms. You can get the panels for around $30 at the big box stores. --199.20.x.x

Bath Wall Ideas (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Aug 26, 2011 5:08 AM

While you have the time and opportunity now, I would do it right and tear out those peeling masonite walls. Either replace with green-board or cement backer board.

Go cheap in other areas of the house but not in the bathroom. Deal with all of your potential mold/mildew issues now and not when a tenant calls you 6 months from now.

Been there,..done that.

Bath Wall Ideas (by ctlandlord [CT]) Posted on: Aug 26, 2011 6:28 AM

ditto. IF peeling and ugly, just redo with tile .that way you can check for leaks. under the fiberglass tubs, they make a huge mess when a hole gets poked through.

if you dont want to do this, then the pebble board adheared with a special made for it glue would be a good idea. or formica sheets if you can find them in a pleasing color. would caulk with 100 % silicone or marine sealant. this will last only year or two. --152.133.x.x

Bath Wall Ideas (by Echo [GA]) Posted on: Aug 26, 2011 6:28 AM

I agree with Roy, I'd replace with green board and buy a real surround kit from a big box.

Bath Wall Ideas (by Virden [OH]) Posted on: Aug 26, 2011 8:11 AM

Better than any drywall is the fiberglass backer over fiberglass and a vapor barrier (read visquene) and floor tiles in random colors - plan 4 backers and 55 tiles to make the bathroom to outlast your dreams - nobody can stay in a place without a bathroom, eat out, sleep on the sofa but not many would bathe in the kitchen. --99.147.xx.xx

Bath Wall Ideas (by Timbo [OH]) Posted on: Aug 26, 2011 4:27 PM

Thanks to all for your suggestions. The FRP panels look like a good option for this place. The fiberglass tub surround is in great shape, and its only the area above the tub surround that is peeling. The area shouldn't normally be wet.

I understand those who wouldn't stop short of redoing the surround with tile. I will definitely go that direction on the other side of this place.

I'm still getting the plumbing solid throughout the house - finding fishmouthed copper in all kinds of inaccessible places. PEX rules. Had a toilet tank fail in spectacular fashion when filling for the first time. Good times!

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