installing ceramic tile over plywood or particle board

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Question installing ceramic tile over plywood or particle board

I'm finishing a small section of wall OUTSIDE the shower, which I'd like to tile. It may occassionallly get a drop or two of moisture, but will not be a wet area. I would MUCH prefer to build the wall out of plywood and tile over that. (I hate working with drywall and backerboard seems like overkill). Will that work? If so, should I seal (paint) the plywood first? And what about particle board? I know - it's terrible stuff but I've got a big sheet available, which will otherwise go to waste.
 
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Drywall will be a lot easier to work with. Pine species plywoods have oils in them that reduce the bonding ability of the tile adhesive, fir grade 1/2" would be used. Dont paint it. Particle board cannot be used under tile, the moisture in the adhesive will cause the board to swell up and deteriorate.
 
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thanks

I appreciate your advice; I've also got a spare piece of drywall so I guess I might as well put that to use and do it right!
 
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