When You Remodel Your Bathroom Be SURE to Use Moisture Resistant Paint
No other room in your building is exposed to as much moisture as your bathroom. Due to all the water activities, the walls of your bathroom have to withstand high level of moisture, which is why it is necessary when having a bathroom remodel to use a specific paint that prevents the accumulation of water.
You’re trying to pick out a great paint for your bathroom, but with a dizzying number of options on the market, making an informed decision isn’t so simple. Everyone enjoys a nice hot shower (or bath), but our bathroom walls don’t love the extended exposure to heat and moisture.
For a water-resistant bathroom remodel, it’s important to choose a paint finish that can stand up to the hot and humid environment of a bathroom; but these days, paint manufacturers have started producing special bathroom paints (in a variety of finishes) that have been specifically formulated for livening up lavatory walls.
The claim to fame of bathroom paint is a mold and mildew-resistant chemical composition that offers the protective properties of a high-gloss finish without the high-gloss look. With the matte-finish trend still going strong, bathroom paint could be the answer to the decor dilemma of what kind of paint to use on your bathroom walls.
Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, and other major paint manufacturers have recently introduced bathroom-specific paints featuring antimicrobial additives that prevent the formation of mold and mildew — in this respect, bathroom paint is indeed waterproof.
Please note that, while your bathroom paint may stand up to mold and mildew, it won’t be entirely immune to the effects of its watery environment. Extend your paint job’s longevity by making sure that you’ve properly cleaned and prepped the surfaces of your bathroom walls before you begin painting, especially if painting over cracked paint.
And all bathroom walls can benefit from the periodic removal of drip marks caused by the mineral deposits that are left behind when water evaporates. While using specialized bathroom paint doesn’t hurt, the best way to “waterproof” your bathroom’s paint job is by sacrificing the on-trend matte look that we’re all so in love with and go for paint with a satin, semi-gloss, or glossy finish.
Or, keep the matte and minimize the moisture by making sure that your bathroom is equipped with an exhaust fan for proper ventilation. Matte is generally great if the ventilation is good and there isn’t always water all over the wall.
Painting Your Bathroom Walls
So, let’s imagine we are having a bathroom remodel right now, and we will be making it water-resistant, using the appropriate materials and tools. Following our step by step will give you an idea of what to do.
Not all paintings are the same, so we will have to select the one that best suits our needs. In this case, as it is a bathroom, the product must resist humidity perfectly. A good option is a synthetic coating with Teflon, which, thanks to its high water-repellent capacity, is ideal for painting walls and ceilings in bathrooms and kitchens.
Among the wide range of colors that you will find in the market, we suggest you choose a clear one to brighten up the room, especially if it does not have a window facing the open.
Step By Step Guideline
Here is a basic step by step guideline for your bathroom remodel. This is DIY and wouldn’t substitute for a professional job, but you will have an idea of what goes into the task. Here we go:
Before we begin to paint the walls and the ceiling of the bathroom, we will remove all the elements that can bother us and we will cover the areas that we do not want to stain with protective plastic and tape.
Then, remove all the remains of dirts that may be on the surface until it is completely smooth. To perform this task we will use a spatula.
The next thing we will do is cover the damage with a leveling paste, which we will apply with a notched trowel. In the market we will find different leveling pastes: for thick, normal and extra-fine cracks. We will choose the most appropriate one.
Once the product has dried, sand the entire surface with an orbital sander and a medium grain sanding sheet, and remove the dust that has been produced with a vacuum cleaner.
To cover the opening of the surface that we want to paint and facilitate the grip of the coating, we will use a multi-purpose acrylic primer ready to apply. We remove the product well and pour it in a bucket.
Next, we protect ourselves with latex gloves and begin to cut out the angles and joining areas with a round brush.
To cover the rest of the surface we will use a short hair roller to which we will put a foldup handle: this way we will easily access the top of the walls.
When the product has dried, we will begin to paint the ceiling. To do this, we will use a special short-hair roller for lacquering and we will protect the walls with tape.
With the product still mordant, we will proceed to remove the tape that we had placed to avoid staining the walls with the coating.
Now we can start painting the walls. With the brush, we begin to cut out the areas of difficult access.
Next, apply two coats of coating with the hair-short roller. A tip: before using a new brush or roller, it is advisable to have it in water for 24 hours to remove any loose hairs it may have.
After the coating has dried, remove the protective plastic that covered everything that we did not want to stain and apply a mounting adhesive, with great initial grip, on the back of a waterproof skirting.
When buying paint, it is advisable to choose a shade lighter than the one we want to obtain because, when it dries, it will darken a little. If this seems over the head, that is fine. We got you. At Prominence Painting, we will help you professionally remodel your bathroom at an affordable price while you watch TV or get back to work. When we are done, you will have a bathroom model you can boast about to your friends.