Bathroom - Cement Backer Board

Old 09-17-02, 04:16 AM
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Question Bathroom - Cement Backer Board

I have gutted my bathroom walls in the shower stall area and am replacing with cement backer board(DUROCK). I am going to tile the walls but was only planning to tile all area except for about 1 foot from the ceiling. The backer board is rough for installing tile onto it. What material do I use to smoothe the backer board for area at the top of the shower that I was planning not to tile. I was going to eventually paint the top of the backer board that was not tiled.
Old 09-17-02, 03:47 PM
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Normally the backer board is done only to the area that will be covered with tile. The remaining wall would be done in greenboard. If you have already installed the concrete backer to all of the enlosure, you will probably have to skim coat it and sand smooth for preparing it for your final finish.

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Backer board in tub area

If you do cut off the backer board so that you'll have paintable wall above the tile, you can normally just use the old wall surface if it is intact. Make certain you get the correct "cap" tiles so the the return of the cap covers your durarock (this is called mudcap).

You might find it less expensive to tile all the way to the ceiling as the trim tiles are very high per foot compared to the wall tile prices.

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