Tips for painting the bathroom

Choosing the right paint is really important when it comes time to redo the bathroom. Here are some tips from the experts at Consumer Reports.

Whatever the color, you want to pick the right finish.

Satin is ideal for a bathroom because it's more durable and shinier than eggshell, the editors say. And it's also easy to clean.

Consumer Reports testing shows that many satin finishes are tougher than they once were. Semigloss is even tougher and a cinch to clean, if you don't mind a shinier look.

Keep in mind: A satin sheen draws attention to any imperfections on the walls – and semigloss does so even more – so Consumer Reports says take the time to prep them. Try to get them as smooth as you can.

Because of all the water that's used in the bathroom, you'll want a paint that resists mildew and moisture. Consumer Reports tested 24 brands of interior paint. The top brands that also resist mildew are:

  • Behr Marquee from Home Depot
  • Valspar Reserve from Lowe's
  • Benjamin Moore Aura
  • Glidden Complete from Walmart
  • Clark + Kensington Enamel from Ace

New paint needs a clean, dry surface to adhere to. Mildew can prevent the new paint from properly sticking and it can also bleed through the new paint. That's why Consumer Reports suggests washing the walls and removing any mildew before you repaint them.

More Info: Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

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