When it comes to painting, a lot of homeowners find this to be a frustrating and exhausting experience, especially when it comes to spaces like bathrooms. Unlike other rooms in your home, where almost any type of paint will do, the bathroom requires a paint that is just right; one that will deter any mold from growing, preferably one that is easy to clean and one that still makes your bathroom look good. If you are looking for the perfect paint types for your bathroom, look no further than the ideas and tips below! Hopefully this will make your paint choice a little less painful and a little more helpful.
High Gloss Paints
High gloss paints, unlike matte paints, tend to have a smoother appearance and feel to them. If you ask any top house painter in Summit what high gloss paint is good for or why it’s beneficial in the bathroom, they will all tell you the same thing. First off, high gloss paints tend to be thicker viscosity which means that if you do have an issue with mold, high gloss paint is thicker and so the mold is less likely to eat through the paint and get into the walls. Secondly, if you have kids, mold, or a dusty room, high gloss is very easy to clean. All you need is a cleaning product like Lysol (for mold) or even just a towel and some hot water, and you can easily get rid of things like finger and hand prints, mold, dirt, dust streaks, etc. Lastly, when it comes to mildew resistant paints, you can find a lot more colors in high gloss vs. matte finishes. It’s just a great way over all to find a paint that is easy to maintain, has lots of colors, and can help with things like mold and mildew. This is what was usually available back in the day when you were painting a bathroom. They didn’t have specialty paints like the mildew and mold resistant paint below so you had to make do with what you had and what you had was gloss and high gloss paints!
If you specifically have an issue with only mildew and mold, you will definitely want to get your hands on a few paint buckets that are used for mildew and mold. These paints tend to have a mildew and mold resistant chemical inside of the paints that not only keeps mold and mildew away but prevents it from coming back. And if by chance it does come back, hopefully it’s a medium to high gloss paint which makes it much easier to clean and remove mildew and mold from. Mildew resistant paint comes in a wide range of colors and hues so even if you have mildew or mold problems, you should still be able to find a beautiful color for your bathroom. Since these are specialty paints, they do tend to cost a little more. Which is one of the reasons why I included high gloss paints above. High gloss is not specialty paint, it’s just one of the many different “types” of finishes available and because it’s not specialty paint, it also tends to be a lot cheaper than mildew and mold resistant paint. But, the choice is up to you as far as which one you choose!
In the same way that there is exterior and interior paint, there are also paints that are for specific rooms in the house, in this case the bathroom. You might be wondering what the point is of bathroom paints. But, it’s pretty obvious! First off, these are most likely going to be a high gloss like mentioned above. Second off, they are most likely going to be able to deal with a damp, moisture ridden location. This could be because of chemicals placed in the paint or the viscosity of the paint itself, but you can be assured that if you paint a bathroom WITH bathroom paint, it’s going to last longer and look better for longer, than a paint that is for another part of the house.