Best Bathroom Paint - A paint roller is being held against a wall. The roller is covered in white paint and the wall is lightly coated.

Selecting the best bathroom paint might seem like a no-brainer. But did you know bathroom paints are different than regular interior paints? A common rookie mistake for home project DIYers is using the wrong paint. This is especially true in regards to do-it-yourself bathroom projects. For bathrooms, paint doesn’t just serve the purpose of beautifying walls or surfaces. It also acts as a shield to protect your surfaces from moisture, mold, and mildew.

We’ve discussed ways to prevent mold in mildew in a previous blog post, which you can read here: Trouble Cleaning Shower Mold & Mildew.

Mold grows rapidly due to the warm, humid atmosphere of bathrooms, which is inevitable if you enjoy taking warm showers. It will likely be easier to clean it off other surfaces but you have to be extra careful when scrubbing a painted wall. This is why it is crucial to prep your bathroom walls with proper paint. Bathroom paint is made to withstand the fluctuating levels of humidity and moisture. The right paint should be easier to clean too. Below is a list of 3 tips to consider for selecting the best bathroom paint.

1. Mold Resistant Bathroom Paint

You can find a variety of bathroom paints at your local Home Depot. The best options are formulated for mold and mildew resistance. These specialty paints have antimicrobial properties that make them very effective against mold growth. A bonus if it’s also a stain blocking or scratch resistant paint too.

2. Bathroom Paint Finishes

There are a few options for paint finishes. Paints with higher shine or gloss finishes can also be protective against mold as well. This is partly because they’re easier to maintain / clean but mostly because they tend to deflect moisture. Other paints that don’t have antimicrobial properties or protective finishes are prone to peeling off. This means you won’t be able to properly clean your surfaces without causing further damage.

3. Bathroom Paint Coverage and Drying Time

Does coverage require more than one coat? Does it require you to prep the wall? Is It self-priming? For best results, it’s important you are aware of this when painting your bathroom. You want to have enough paint to get the job done. You also need to make sure your surfaces are appropriately prepared before applying paint. Knowing how to work with your paint is key to planning a successful project.

4. Bonus Bathroom Paint Tip: Color Selection

This bonus mention is actually a design tip. You can protect your walls form deteriorating while making sure they look great too. Be sure to select a paint that compliments your space. It’s important to keep in mind how colors reflect light. Lighter, neutral colors are recommended for this reason and they will make your bathroom feel more open. Also, shinier finishes will make imperfections more noticeable, prep your walls accordingly.

Painting and Remodeling Bathrooms in Southern California

Choosing the best bathroom paint will yield longer lasting results, preserve your walls, and have your bathroom looking as beautiful as you imagine it. Proper ventilation is important and will also play its role, along with other elements like your wet-wall material.

American Home Remodeling specializes in bathroom remodeling. With over 20+ years of industry experience, we know the ins and outs of bathroom design and craftmanship. If you are a Southern California home owner looking for bathroom remodeling professionals, you are in the right place! We can remodel your bathroom with long lasting protection against mold, mildew and water damage. Get in touch with us today to see how we can be of service to you and your home.

Jace Darling of American Home Remodeling

Jace Darling, Owner, American Home Remodeling

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