Bathroom Drywall

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Old 02-10-13, 09:24 AM
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Bathroom Drywall

The drywall above my shower got wet and is starting to break apart. It looks like whoever put the shower in didn't seal the top of the shower correctly. I was going to cut out a portion of the drywall and put new drywall up. I was wondering if that is the best idea or if there was an easier way to touch it up without taking out the drywall.
 
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If the drywall above your shower is breaking apart it needs to be replaced. When you remove the damaged drywall check behind it to see if there is any moisture damage. There should also be a vapor barrier (plastic sheeting) between the drywall and the framing.

Primer and paint make a good barrier to protect drywall in the bathroom.
 
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What type shower do you have? Tile fiberglas, etc.?
 
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I would add that a bath w/shower needs to be painted with a latex enamel. Enamel paint will repel water, flat latex paint not so much and sometimes can even absorb moisture. Latex enamel is a bare minimum for a bath rm, a kitchen and bath paint is even better - it has more mildewcide and is formulated for the harsher environment that the shower provides.
 
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It's a fiberglass shower stall
 
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Probably easier to take out and replace all of the drywall in a case like this rather than cutting sections.
 
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