We are putting in 5 ft. shower stalls in our cabin.We are not putting any sheet rock in our cabin.We are using T & G 6" pine boards.We are going to stain the boards and put a gloss
finish on them.My question is would it be a problem putting the T & G boards around the
shower stall.I was thinking of putting extra gloss finish on them for the moisture.
Dave, Couple of thoughts. Ventilation air flow CFM (cubit feet minute) is very important. Make sure you put in the best available unit to remove moisture. I personally would not put wood above the shower enclosure. A non porous surface is best. As far as your walls, your shower enclosure makes a shield. Glass is best rather than a shower curtain. A tile wall above and beyond your width helps with moisture splash or steam escape. One other thought to consider; I would consider a heated floor for under your floor surface. Tile is best. If you will use and live in your log home as a vacation home maintaining constant room temperature while absent from your home on your flooring would be greatly improved by supplemental floor heat. Any wood eventually will get moisture exposure and accidents will occur and you will get water on the wood. Hope that gives you some thought.
One thought, Dave: add some extra mildewcides to the gloss finish - all coats. This will help prevent surface mold/mildew from forming, which can eventually break down the finish and get to the wood. There are several out there. We like Stay Clean I/E by Walla Walla Environmental. M-1 is another brand. You can find mildewcides at most paint stores (your Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams stores).
And as Scott says - YES - get a good exhaust fan to move the moisture out quickly.
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I have talked with people who have used T&G "Koma" in a bathroom application and have totally loved it....no painting or maintainance (comes in white).
It is expensive.
I have used Koma trim boards, and the only drawback is expansion and contraction of the material (and I am a wood man so it was difficult).