How To Paint a Bathroom with Oil Based Paint

The most popular type of paint used nowadays is latex paint, because it has many good qualities such as its durability, ease of application, superior color retention, and versatility. Oil-based paints are worth considering as well because they are also very durable and adhere well to surfaces. Some downsides to using oil-based paint are the following: they tend to chip and become yellow when used for interior applications; they take longer to dry than latex paint; and they are much harder to clean up in case of spills or splatters.

When painting bathrooms, it is still best to use latex paint since oil-based paints can have a strong odor and will take a long time to dry in such a closed, humid environment. But if you’re okay with dealing with such inconveniences for a few days, you will be glad to discover that if you paint your bathroom with an oil-based paint, you’d need to do less washing because dirt streaks and grease that go on the walls will come right off.

So if you’ve decided on using oil-based paint for your bathroom, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Prepare your materials. You’d need the oil-based paint, mineral spirits (for cleaning up), hand cleaner (in case you get paint on your skin), painter’s putty (for filling up cracks and nicks in the wall), roller brushes, and a china-bristle brush (for painting around corners and edges).
  2. Clean the surfaces of the bathroom. For this step you’d need some household disinfectants and detergents. You won’t exactly have to clean the bathroom for this; the point is to clean all the surfaces that you will paint on to make sure that the paint will adhere properly. 
  3. Remove or cover everything. To protect the materials inside your bathroom, it’s best to remove them, if this is possible. For everything that you can’t remove, just cover them with dust sheets to protect them from paint drips and splatters.
  4. Fill up the holes in the wall. Inspect the walls thoroughly for little holes or nicks. Cover them up with painter’s putty (available at hardware stores), also referred to as lightweight spackle. Put a bit of the spackle on the edge of a blade, and cover the hole. Even it out so it will be the same height as the rest of the wall.
  5. Paint one wall at a time. To avoid uneven finishes, it’s best that you use your roller brush and roll in the paint one wall at a time. Make sure that you fill up the roller brush evenly with paint. Start at one corner and roll your brush smoothly, making sure that you spread the paint evenly so that the texture of the paint remains consistent throughout the wall.  Finish one wall, then do this throughout your bathroom, including the ceiling.
  6. Do some touch-ups. Wait for two days to let the oil paint dry completely. Then, look for imperfections in the walls, such as little missed spots. Shake up your paint once again, and dab a little of it to a new brush. Then dab it on the missed spot, making sure to use a light touch to feather it in (or to cut it in) the existing paint. Do this to every imperfection you see.

There you have it! These are just some of the ways to paint a bathroom with oil based paint. Good luck!


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