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Thread: Drywall in brewery

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2008

    Drywall in brewery

    We are looking at leasing a space for our brewery and are wondering how others have dealt with moisture and drywall in the same area? Other than not spraying water on it or covering with FRP or metal roofing panels is there anything else we should be considering? I have read in other posts about having to put in extra layers of drywall for fire protection which seems bogus but what about mold and issues with constantly elevated levels of humidity? Any help you can provide is most appreciated.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Florence, Oregon, USA
    Not an issue for me but I would venture that in a leased space you're limited by what the property owner will allow. Sheetrock (drywall) can be sealed and there are several products (paints) on the market that will work, but; that won't inhibit mold growth.

    That would be my only recomendation, and ventilation, ventilation, ventilation.

    Let us know what you decide and what your land lord allows.

    Cheers :mug:

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada!
    While it stinks like hell, you could epoxy paint the drywall. I've got FRP and highly reccomend it for the regular abuse areas. The one wall we do have that was a mix of cinder block and drywall in a low abuse area was covered with 2 coats of epoxy paint.

    Works great, and it's easy to clean the wall. Regardless, with poor ventilation, you can bet you'll attract black mold and no amount of cleaning or wall coverings will help.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Chandler, AZ
    I always thought it was quite common to put pvc paneling over drywall in breweries and restaurant kitchens. It's very common in the back area of restaurants, and has been in at least one brewery I've worked at in the past.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Minocqua WI
    Try "bathroom paint" with anti mold additive. your local ACE or home depot will know how to mix this up, some even come with the additive already in them. But frp/pvc is best. no wait- tile is best...
    Brewmaster, Minocqua Brewing Company
    "Your results may vary"

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2004

    Thumbs up Frp

    I will second, or third, FRP. Just be sure to seal all of the joints with some high grade silicone or a permanent flexible sealant (i.e. Dap 3.0 all purpose sealant).

    Maybe paint with the mold inhibiting paint Ted mentioned and then cover with FRP.
    Last edited by Jephro; 07-10-2010 at 08:59 AM.
    Jeff Byrne

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Polson, Montana, USA
    Frp! Frp! Frp!

    Go Frp!!!!
    Glacier Brewing Company

    "who said what now?"

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    There are disadvantages to FRP, especially if layered over drywall that can absorb moisture. It doesn't allow the wall to breathe, so moisture can build up, causing mold, and the mold can cause structural damage. It is a good idea to use a non-absorbent drywall product behind the FRP to prevent this from happening. Metal studs are also preferable.

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