18th Aug 2021

Bathrooms are among the most visually important rooms in a house, since a clean, attractive bathroom suggests cleanliness and attention to detail. It’s also important to get things right when painting and decorating.
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Painting the bathroom correctly is a big part of creating a good impression, and it’s worth spending the effort to use appropriate tools and to understand the correct painting order.

This guide will help you keep things straight.

Before you begin painting

Before you even touch a paintbrush, spend some time getting the existing surfaces prepared. Make sure they are clean and covered to avoid any problems with unwanted paint drops; stainless steel is difficult to clean paint off, so take extra care that fixtures such as taps and shower heads are completely protected. Then, scrape off the old paint thoroughly, filling in the almost inevitable cracks with filler. Make sure this filler has been designed for bathroom use, since it will need to be fully waterproof. 

Preparing the wall  

If the previous surface bore glossy paint, you will need deglosser. This solvent should be scrubbed in vigorously to take the shine off the old paint, otherwise the primer for the room’s new surface will not stick properly. Now, use an appropriate sugar soap to clean the walls thoroughly. If there is any residue, clean that as well. You may wish to use a vacuum to fully remove dust traces. At this point, you are nearly ready to apply primer or undercoat. Like the filler, this needs to be appropriate for bathrooms; oil-based primers will keep walls free of unwanted moisture. 

Edges, ceiling, walls 

Remember “ECW” when thinking about painting order. Apply painter’s tape to the edges of walls and the floor, then use an angled brush for cutting in. The angle will help you produce a clean and even result.  

After this, you can apply your undercoat to these edges. When this has been done, turn your attention to the ceiling. You will need a roller to ensure a smooth surface. Make sure the metal bracket is held away from the wall when painting and decorating, to avoid any potential damage.  

Finally, you can take the roller to your walls, after which you should leave everything to dry.

Finishing touches  

Next comes the topcoat, which should be applied in the same order as the undercoat. When you paint a bathroom with irregular walls, something often found in older houses, you’ll need to take extra care. Depending on the room, you may need a second application of topcoat on the ceiling. Clean your tools.  

Finally, you’re ready to apply the shade which will be open to the air. Whether you need one or two coats may depend on the colour – dark shades are more likely to need a second coat. Leave everything to dry and remove the tape. Painting your bathroom is complete and it should now have a sparkling new look.

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