|Forum topic by Ben||posted 09-06-2016 05:57 PM||583 views||1 time favorited||6 replies|
09-06-2016 05:57 PM
I’m gutting and refinishing my master bath and adding wainscoting. I’m a relatively new woodworker and I’m stuck on two things: (1) the materials to construct it, and (2) the best way to finish it for maximum durability and moisture rejection.
First – Construction Materials: I recently added shaker style wainscoting in my dining room using MDF and am happy with the result. I’d like to use a similar shaker-style in the bath. But I understand that MDF and water don’t play nicely together and the wainscoting will be near the usual bathroom water sources, so it seems like MDF isn’t a good idea. So that leaves PVC beadboard or solid poplar. PVC offers the best moisture rejection, but it’s not the visual style I had in mind. Solid poplar would work, but some quick math shows that buying the select poplar boards from a big box store will get pretty expensive. Does anyone have advice on this? Is there an alternative material that I’m missing here? Thanks in advance!
Second – Finishing: I used a Fuji Spray HVLP to spray my dining room with great results, and I’d like to use that again here. If I construct the wainscoting using poplar, what’s the best product to finish it with? I have read a little about lacquer and it sounds like it’s the most durable and best for moisture rejection. However, my knowledge is pretty limited – is there a resource someone can direct me to for more information on this? If someone could suggest a primer and paint/lacquer or other I’d really appreciate it. (I understand that PVC can be sprayed with any vinyl-safe paint, so I’m not too worried about that part.)
Here’s a pic of my dining room completed…these posts are always more fun with a pic or two.