Once you have decided to play the role of a bathroom painter and paint your bathroom, there are a few things to keep in mind. There is a big difference between painting normal walls like in your bedroom and living room and the walls of the bathroom. Bathrooms are more prone to mold and mildew due to the moisture in the air. As a result, paint tends to be damaged more quickly and is more likely to peel or crack.
If you want to make sure that the paint in your bathroom stays fresh for as long as possible, here are some key tips to follow.
Clean the walls before applying
Make sure you clean the walls before putting anything on your walls. As the bathroom is in constant use, dirt, debris, and other particles build up on the surface of the walls. If you apply paint or even primer directly to them, they won't last long. This is because the particles create a barrier and prevent the paint from sticking to the walls. The best way to clean your walls is to make a 1: 4 solution of average quality detergent with water and then wipe the walls with the mixture with a sponge or damp cloth.
Use a waterproof primer
The first step in painting a wall, rather than just a bathroom, is to apply a primer. If you don't apply primer, the paint won't stick to the walls and will start to chip very quickly. Priming gives you an even, even, and clean base for painting. However, when priming your bathroom, make sure you use a waterproof primer. Otherwise, moisture will build up and mold and mildew will form, causing the paint to peel off. If you are unsure how to choose the best primer, check with a shop manager or professional before making a decision.
Use the right color
Just like you need to use the right type of primer, you also need to buy the right type of paint. Normal colors are not enough just because bathrooms are more prone to mold due to a higher concentration of moisture. So you need to buy waterproof and mold-resistant paints. Specialty colors like these tend to be more expensive, but it's important to invest here. Otherwise, you'll have to keep repainting your bathroom, which turns out to be more costly.
Protect the environment
Before you start painting, take the time to remove all toiletries and items from the bathroom and remove any protective materials. Otherwise, your entire bathroom will be ruined by dripping paint. While you can choose to ditch newspapers, there is a higher chance they will get wet and tear, which will then no longer serve its purpose. Instead, we recommend that you buy cotton towels, which you can find in any specialty store. Stay away from plastic covers or tarps as this can cause you to lose your grip and slip.
Take your time
Finally, take your time to paint. Give each layer enough time to dry. If you don't, the different layers won't sit well on top of each other and the paint will become flaky. This is known as "alligatoring" and it creates a very ugly effect. It's also important to use even brushstrokes, otherwise you are more likely to see layer markings. If you're inexperienced in painting and haven't painted before, add a paint mixer. This prevents layer marks and slows down the drying process, which means you can work without any problems.