Everything to Know About Bathroom Paint

As a professional painter, I always specify the use of bathroom paint on ceilings, walls and trim. I do this because using the right type of paint means I’ll have a happy customer, and no call backs or warranty issues down the road. I use bathroom paint because bathroom paint works!

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I grew up in a one bathroom homeduring our teenage years my siblings and I could drain the town reservoir, our showers were so long. This also made the bathroom a haven for mildew as well as severely stressing the paintyellow water stains running down the wall, blisters, cracked and peeling paint.

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Now, many homes have a bathroom for each bedroom, so no one bathroom gets constantly overused. However, the arrival of steam showers and waterfall-style shower heads are still capable of overwhelming a typical bathroom with moisture, even a bathroom equipped with a fan.Learn how to install an exhaust fan.

As a professional painter, I always specify the use of bathroom paint on ceilings, walls and trim. I do this because using the right type of paint means I’ll have a happy customer, and no call backs or warranty issues down the road. I use bathroom paint because bathroom paint works!

What is the difference between bathroom paint and normal paint?

Bathroom paint is formulated using a very high quality resin that, while drying, coalesces into a very tight barrier. That means that the paint won’t absorb moisture from the air. That moisture is what causes paint to degrade. When bathroom paint is used, you don’t have to worry about bubbles, blisters, peeling or yellow streaks caused by surfactant (surface active agents) leaching out as the paint essentially decomposes.

Do bathroom paints cost more?

Using bathroom paints will add minimal additional expense to a project but it pays for itself quickly. A premium bathroom paint, with deep color and pigment, will cost on average around $55 per gallon. A bathroom paint in a lighter color will cost around $40 per gallon. I believe they are well worth the investment.

What are the best types of bathroom paints?

Popular bathroom paints are Zinsser’s Perma-White Mold & Mildew Interior Paint,Benjamin Moore’s Aura Bath And Spa Matte Finish paint and Sherwin-Williams’ Emerald line. Check out some of the best paint colors for small bathroomsand tips on how to paint without making a mess.

How does bathroom paint resist moisture and mold?

It’s also worth noting that bathroom paint typically contains higher levels of mildewcide. This will slow the growth of mildew for a while, but unless you are a fastidious cleaner, eventually mineral deposits, left behind by steam, will provide a food source on which mildew spores thrive. When that time comes, wipe down the walls with a cleaning solution that contains bleach.Learn how to get rid of mildew and mold.

Check out our guide to renovating a 1950s bathroom.

Nigel Costolloe
Nigel Costolloe is the president of Catchlight Painting (catchlightpainting.com), a full-service residential and commercial painting company serving Greater Boston. He is active regionally and nationally in the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) as a leader, speaker, and mentor.