How To Efficiently Paint A Bathroom

Bathroom remodeling is almost always a smart decision, no matter what your reasons. Some people remodel their bathroom because certain components are out of date and use too much water. At the same time, some people choose to upgrade their bathroom because certain elements are broken or malfunctioning. Often, the paint is the first thing that needs to be repaired because the moisture causes quicker deterioration than in other rooms. This article explains how to effectively and cleanly repair and repaint water damaged bathroom walls.

Preparing the Walls

Before you can paint the walls, you need to repair the paint, especially if it is peeling up at any points. The key is to lightly buff the wall using extra fine sponge sanders. You don't need to remove all of the paint, and you need to be careful to not diminish the texture on the drywall. Only sand along the spots where you notice the paint is peeling away. Then, wipe down the entire wall with a wet rag to make sure there is no sitting dust.

Masking Off

Taping and masking off a bathroom is easy because the space is usually so small. Using thin painter's plastic is the best way to cover the tub, shower, counter and other fixtures. However, you should avoid placing the painter's plastic onto the floor, as it can be very slippery. Instead, use rosin paper or newspaper to cover the floor. This is cheap and safer to walk on. Use painter's tape that is at least 2" wide to tape off the top of the baseboard and crown molding (if applicable).

Painting with the Right Supplies

Whenever you're painting a bathroom, you need to use semi or high gloss paint. This is more protective against moisture damage. The higher the gloss, the more waterproof the finish will be. Of course, some people don't like shiny walls, so they use semi-gloss instead. Also, glossy paint is slightly trickier than normal paint because it is thicker. As a result, brushstrokes are likely to be more visible if you paint using brushes. Try to roll the majority of the walls. You will still need to brush along the edges. To reduce the visibility of brushstrokes, you should apply two coats. This helps blend in the brushstrokes and it also results in a more protective finish. In fact, it is a good idea to apply two coats of paint to the entire wall.

Painting can be messy work, but a bathroom is a manageable project since there is limited wall space.