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Old 01-11-2012, 09:38 PM   #1
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Default Garage interior walls ideas

We have recently built an attached garage on our home & are wondering what to do the walls in instead of sheetrock. Some use OSB (don't know if I would like that painted?) and some use metal (hard to hang things on?) Send me ideas. TCS
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:45 PM   #2
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I did my garage in 1/2" plywood.

So far I have no regrets. I don't intend to paint them, since I like the natural color. I hung them with screws. I have already taken advantage of that and pulled a panel off so that I could run a 240V circuit for a heater.

Also, the 1/2 plywood is plenty thick enough to just run a screw or nail into for most light loads.

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Old 01-11-2012, 10:36 PM   #3
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I used OSB so I could screw to it and it would be more resilient if things crashed into it...OSB can look very nice painted if you take the time to install it smooth and then caulk the seams and use oil based paint:

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Old 01-11-2012, 11:24 PM   #4
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I think 1/2" plywood is the way to go. I used to have drywall at my other house and hated it. I am still putting up the plywood, but it will look great after primer and paint. It works great for electrical boxes.
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:27 PM   #5
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:02 AM   #6
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I agree with the above posts. Plywood is the way to go, and use screws. I just did my garage this way. OSB is a b**ch when it gets wet plus the glue smell.

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Old 01-12-2012, 08:03 AM   #7
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Are you concerned about fire resistance? I would never use osb or plywood in an attached garage.

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Old 01-12-2012, 11:08 AM   #9
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Are you concerned about fire resistance? I would never use osb or plywood in an attached garage.

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True, they'll have to use sheetrock for the common house / garage wall to meet code

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Old 01-12-2012, 11:31 AM   #10
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OSB can be coated with polyurethane, with a dash of tint to give it the flavor you like. I've done many colors.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:44 AM   #11
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Are you concerned about fire resistance? I would never use osb or plywood in an attached garage.

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FYI, you can get fire rated plywood.

it is more expensive, but it is possible.

I'm thinking I might redo my garage walls in 1/2" plywood as well, avoids need for finishing, allows for access behind wall when mounted with screws, and I can just layer it over 5/8" firecode on the shared wall.

conceptually, I like that idea a lot.
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:35 PM   #12
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Guess I'm equal opportunity....drywall was the base for anything else I do because I wanted a fairly smooth easy to paint....clean slate to start with and appreciate the tiny bit (it really ain't much) of fire resistance and noise abatement drywall offers.

With that done I'll put whatever I want on top of it over time. I've put painted to match plywood over the top of it to hang stuff on, and am not opposed to metal, OSB, or whatever the application calls for. If sparks will be thrown, metal. If I'm constantly beating up one area, plywood. But that drywall will be there behind it doing it's thing.

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Old 01-12-2012, 09:10 PM   #13
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I used 4x8 sheets of hardie board, painted, caulked at seams. Looks like vertical wood panels.
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I used OSB, screwed. Sealed with Kilnz then a quick top coat of drywall mud and semi gloss latex. You can not tell it from drywall now. I suppose plywood would be ok, but man at today's prices -- wow!! Eventhough there is "fire rated" wood, it still burns like any other wood when ignited.
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:37 PM   #15
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Drywall for the win
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:41 PM   #16
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I had osb in my last garage, it was painted and it looked pretty good, kind of had a texture finish. And that was the problem, dust stuck to the texture after a few years it looked dirty, it seemed I was cleaning up the walls yearly. My new garage I considered plywood but I went drywall finished smooth and I like it a lot, you have to be a little more careful but not much. With some thinking you can hang anything on drywall that you could on plywood, just have to think instead of driving in a screw. I also feel safer when welding or using my plasma cutter that a spark wont cause a fire with the OSB.
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I had osb in my last garage, it was painted and it looked pretty good, kind of had a texture finish. And that was the problem, dust stuck to the texture after a few years it looked dirty, it seemed I was cleaning up the walls yearly. My new garage I considered plywood but I went drywall finished smooth and I like it a lot, you have to be a little more careful but not much. With some thinking you can hang anything on drywall that you could on plywood, just have to think instead of driving in a screw. I also feel safer when welding or using my plasma cutter that a spark wont cause a fire with the OSB.
That's why I did the skim coat of mud. It smoothed out the surface and looks just like a sheet rock finished wall.
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Old 01-13-2012, 04:17 PM   #18
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OSB can be coated with polyurethane, with a dash of tint to give it the flavor you like. I've done many colors.
I actually like the look of that. Not necessary the color but I could live with that in a light gray. How did you apply it?

Also I ran across a guy with 100 sheets of slat wall. What are the thoughts on using that? I was thinking of doing the bottom 8 feet and then finish the top 8 feet in white tin.
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Old 01-17-2012, 07:36 PM   #19
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Here's a video of the interior , check it out:


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Drywall here.
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