Bathroom Painting Tips from the Experts at CertaPro Painters®
Few rooms are more difficult than a bathroom. Immobile appliances and small work space create the recipe for a painting disaster. Do it yourself painters will run into obstacles. With a few bathroom painting tips, you’ll end up with a professional renovation. Here are tips from the experts at CertaPro Painters.
Dry it Out
Water is the enemy of the painter, always. A room full of water sources and humidity makes for a very difficult paint job. The first step for a great outcome is letting the room dry out. Give it a day or two without the introduction of more moisture before you proceed.
The best bathroom painting tip we can offer is to clean. All surfaces in the bathroom should be thoroughly cleaned prior to painting. You are certain to run into issues from rogue soap scum and dust in your wet paint. Skip this step and you could end up with peeling paint. Try using TSP, or trisodium phosphate to remove all residue.
Painting around appliances like showers and toilets is beyond difficult. Make your job a bit easier by removing the tank, where the toilet covers the wall and sits closely. It’s a step that is worth it in the long wrong. It’s sure to take less time than taping around the wall.
Tank removal is relatively simple. It’s made to come apart for transport and installation, so take advantage of this option. Turn the water off at the base. Flush the toilet to remove any water currently in the tank. Gather a couple of old towels around it and pull the tank off.
The water that hinders a paint job in the bathroom is not going to go away. It’s important to choose a paint that will work to protect itself against the humidity and wetness that comes with a bathroom.
Some paints are branded to inhibit moisture or even prohibit mildew or other potential wet buildups. It’s recommended to use a high-quality product for the bathroom. Budget-friendly paints tend to skimp of the solids included in the paint. These solids create the barrier that protects against water seeping in. The higher quality paint has more solids and creates a more durable protective coat.
Pick a Sheen
It’s important to choose a paint that is high gloss for your bathroom paint. It will not only protect moisture, but repel it from soaking in. This is important, especially if you have a painted section above the tile of your shower. That area is prone to moisture and can easily be destroyed.