MDF Beadboard Wainscot Gamble

Old 02-03-20, 07:17 AM
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MDF Beadboard Wainscot Gamble

I know there has been a lot of discussion about using MDF Beadboard Wainscot in a bathroom, with most people coming out against it (based on the terrible things water does to MDF) but I would like to know if anyone has seen a real world example of it used in a bathroom: good or bad.

Seems to me that if properly sealed - all 4 sides - and well up off the floor, it should be fine if it does not come in direct contact with water. But I think only time would tell, and that is a heck of a gamble. So if anyone has experience with that gamble, I would love to know the results.

Old 02-03-20, 08:21 AM
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I have it in a half bath and obviously no issues!

I guess I have never really thought about putting something like this in a full bath. The problem would be more with liquid water vs steam.

I guess if there was a reasonable alternative why risk it!
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I think how well the full bath is ventilated would also play a role. It's not just splashed on water but also the humidity.
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Along with what was already said I think it all depends on how well it's installed and sealed or painted.
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Thanks for the responses! I think I will go with vinyl (or maybe knot free wood). Problem is I already own the MDF stuff, but I will try to use it elsewhere or maybe sell it.

If the 1/4" MDF I have could be installed without adhesives, I think I would go for it, knowing that if it needed replacing it was doable. With adhesive though, it would be a nightmare to get off the walls.

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