Tiling or painting the wall above my tub

Discussion in 'Building Construction' started by mrsgator88, May 4, 2006.

  1. mrsgator88

    mrsgator88 Guest

    Hi Everyone,

    We're constructing an addition and the new bathroom has a separate shower
    and tub. The tub will be bathing only - no shower head. We were planning
    on putting tile on the wall above the tub. However, we _might_ consider
    painting the wall.

    The tub is currently in place, the drywall (greenrock) is up, primed and
    painted with white paint.

    My questions are:

    1) if we tile, is the greenrock sufficient for around the tub, or do we
    need cement board over it? There will be no shower fixture over the tub
    (the bathroom has a separate shower stall).

    2) IF the greenrock is sufficient for tiling, does it matter that its been
    painted?

    3) How bad would it be if we painted the walls around the tub?

    TIA,

    Steve
    mrsgator88, May 4, 2006
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  2. Although you will find existing tile on greenboard you're supposed to
    use something else. http://snipurl.com/q0kb

    I don't understand the painting question. Certainly you can paint a
    bathroom.
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    Nehmo Sergheyev, May 4, 2006
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  3. mrsgator88

    mrsgator88 Guest

    "Nehmo Sergheyev" <> wrote in message
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    > Although you will find existing tile on greenboard you're supposed to use
    > something else. http://snipurl.com/q0kb
    >
    > I don't understand the painting question. Certainly you can paint a
    > bathroom.


    Thanks for the link.

    About the painting, I meant to ask about painting the walls around the tub
    instead of tiling them. We are having some disputes with our builder, and
    I'm not sure if I want him to tile around the bathtub.

    S
    mrsgator88, May 4, 2006
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  4. mrsgator88

    TakenEvent Guest

    "mrsgator88" <> wrote in message
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    > "Nehmo Sergheyev" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Although you will find existing tile on greenboard you're supposed to

    use
    > > something else. http://snipurl.com/q0kb
    > >
    > > I don't understand the painting question. Certainly you can paint a
    > > bathroom.

    >
    > Thanks for the link.
    >
    > About the painting, I meant to ask about painting the walls around the tub
    > instead of tiling them. We are having some disputes with our builder, and
    > I'm not sure if I want him to tile around the bathtub.
    >


    Tile it and forget it; You'll have a lower incidence of mildew than with
    paint, and you can clean the mildew off tile easily compared to the
    potential headache of bleaching solutions and drywall repair associated with
    painted tub and shower areas.. Also, paint can frequently become crazed in
    high-moisture areas. As a painter, I'm not sure why anybody wouldn't tile
    such areas if the option exists. After the bathroom has been bleached,
    repaired, and painted a few times, the cost difference will be next to
    nothing - especially if you factor in the appearance.
    TakenEvent, May 4, 2006
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  5. There are other options besides tile and paint. Environmental board, a
    textured plastic, (I believe Home Depot calls it FRP) is about
    $30/4'x8'sheet, or there's fake tile wallboard at about $20.

    I'm a little surprised TakenEvent, who identifies himself as a painter,
    doesn't like the much-cheaper paint option. A vented bathroom doesn't
    collect mildew, and a *good* paint job lasts indefinitely.

    And OP, why did they already install the tub? Did they already tile
    half-way up on the walls? Was the original plan to use paint only?

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    Nehmo Sergheyev, May 4, 2006
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  6. mrsgator88

    mrsgator88 Guest

    > And OP, why did they already install the tub? Did they already tile
    > half-way up on the walls? Was the original plan to use paint only?


    The original plan was to install tile above the tub. However, we are having
    trouble with our contractor, and we're not sure if we want him to install
    the tile. No tile is on the walls at this time.

    Our contractor is constantly doing things that are just baffling to us. He
    brought the tub into the addition many months ago, maybe almost a year ago.
    I'm pretty sure the tub went in before the drywall.

    S
    mrsgator88, May 5, 2006
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  7. mrsgator88

    TakenEvent Guest

    "Nehmo Sergheyev" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > There are other options besides tile and paint. Environmental board, a
    > textured plastic, (I believe Home Depot calls it FRP) is about
    > $30/4'x8'sheet, or there's fake tile wallboard at about $20.
    >
    > I'm a little surprised TakenEvent, who identifies himself as a painter,
    > doesn't like the much-cheaper paint option. A vented bathroom doesn't
    > collect mildew, and a *good* paint job lasts indefinitely.
    >


    Just because I'm a painter doesn't mean I have to want paint on everything.
    My dream house is vinyl-sided with vinyl windows. The floors are hardwood,
    the trim is stained. The bathrooms and kitchens are tiled. FWIW, I hate
    wallpaper.

    The bathroom in my apartment is vented. It has mildew. It was fixed once
    before I moved in, and once since. If your painter and supplier warrant
    their work and product indefinitely, hold on to them. No paint job lasts
    indefinitely. There is no such animal as ideal conditions, especially in
    bathrooms.


    > And OP, why did they already install the tub? Did they already tile
    > half-way up on the walls? Was the original plan to use paint only?
    >
    > --
    > (||) Nehmo (||)
    >
    >
    TakenEvent, May 5, 2006
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  8. TakenEvent wrote:
    > Just because I'm a painter doesn't mean I have to want paint on everything.
    > My dream house is vinyl-sided with vinyl windows. The floors are hardwood,
    > the trim is stained. The bathrooms and kitchens are tiled. FWIW, I hate
    > wallpaper.


    Have you considered switching trades, TakenEvent?

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    Nehmo Sergheyev, May 5, 2006
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  9. I've been is so many clawfoot bathrooms lately, it didn't occur to me
    that your bathroom could have a built-in bath. That explains the tiling
    *over* the tub. In that case, paint alone may be inadequate. Minor
    damage to the wall will present a place for water to get in. Use a
    bathroom wallboard or tile. Granite tile looks good.
    While we're on the subject, image Googling for "bathtub" gets some
    interesting pic's.
    http://snipurl.com/q26g

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    (||) Nehmo (||)
    Nehmo Sergheyev, May 5, 2006
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  10. mrsgator88

    TakenEvent Guest

    "Nehmo Sergheyev" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > TakenEvent wrote:
    > > Just because I'm a painter doesn't mean I have to want paint on

    everything.
    > > My dream house is vinyl-sided with vinyl windows. The floors are

    hardwood,
    > > the trim is stained. The bathrooms and kitchens are tiled. FWIW, I

    hate
    > > wallpaper.

    >
    > Have you considered switching trades, TakenEvent?
    >
    > --


    Yes.
    TakenEvent, May 5, 2006
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