How To Paint A Toilet?

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When it comes to your toilet, it’s all about being comfortable in your own space so in this segment we will list some steps on how you can make your toilet look great with paint.

Renovating your toilet can be budget-friendly and easy, you may want to try renovating your toilet instead of replacing it which is considered a not-so-easy task for some. Toilets tend to last about 25 years before the need to replace them which is a long time. But even though it does take this long, toilets do tend to wear down over time so it’s definitely a good idea to add some paint so that your toilet may look vibrant and modern instead of uninviting and old.

Step By Step Guide To Paint A Toilet

List of things you’ll need

  • Safety goggles, masks, and gloves
  • Electric screwdriver (optional)
  • Primer and pain
  • Newspaper or drop cloth
  • 220 grit sandpaper or ESP
  • All-purpose disinfectant
  • Microfiber cloth

Step 1 : Choosing Your Paint

In this case, you can choose a paint that is formulated for multiple surfaces as your toilet may be made of different materials such as porcelain, wood, and other types of materials. If you know the type of material your toilet is made of, then you can choose a paint specially designed for it. When it comes to toilet paintings, paints such as latex and epoxy are very much recommended, they are waterproof and durable, they hold on to a variety of materials, and resist cleaners and stains. For this type of projects, spray cans are considered the easiest method to use instead of the brush-on option, as you will be able to save lots of time when applying the paint and the paint will dry faster also.

Step 2 : Cleaning Your Toilet

At this point, cleaning your toilet may be the longest task as it will require you to sanitize and remove the cover off the toilet. Some toilet seats are easy to remove, others may require a little more work, but it can be done. Once the seat is removed, remove screws that attach the seat to the lid with a screwdriver or electric screwdriver so that cleaning and prepping the toilet is easier.

Next, sanitize and allow to dry. To clean your toilet, you can use any all-purpose disinfectant cleaner, use it to spray the exterior and interior of your toilet while optionally applying a toilet bowl cleaner starting from underneath the rim, make sure you’re also applying it to the seat and lid as well, and allow to sit for about 5 minutes for it to disinfect, then use a microfiber cloth to clean the exterior or base of your toilet and use a toilet brush to clean the interior of the toilet. Use gloves during this process.

Step 3 : Using Sandpaper

Once the toilet is dry the next step will be to use sandpaper. Sanding the toilet will allow adhesion to the new paint and make it last longer. In this case, a sandpaper of 220 grit can be used to scuff the surface of the toilet and remove any old finishes, try not to apply much strength during this process, and sand until the surface is slightly roughened. Next, you can dust off the sandpaper using a rag or a microfiber cloth. You can also soak a cloth or paper towel with mineral spirit to wipe off dust excess.

If you actually don’t want to sand and prefer an easier method, ESP is always available, it can be used instead of sanding as it will remove old varnishes from most surfaces, help the new paint bond to the surface, and save you time. It can be easily wiped on and wiped off but may cost you a little bit more. The product is widely available and comes with instructions.

Step 4 : Adding A Primer

Adding a primer is very important as it will also help the new paint adhere better and prevent it from peeling off. Some paints already include a primer which allows you to paint and prime a surface at the same time saving you lots of time. But if your paint does not include a primer, make sure you add one before you paint. Before adding your primer make sure the floors and walls are covered well to prevent paint from splattering over, you can use newspaper or an old cloth, use tape to hold up papers on the walls, and the cloth or newspaper to cover the floor.

Make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area, shake the primer well before use and apply 2-3 evenly thin coats on the toilet and on the seat and lid as well at an appropriate distance, ensuring a full coverage each time. Allow 10-20 minutes in between coats for the paint to dry and 1-2 hours for the paint to dry before adding the topcoat.

Step 5 : Painting Your Toilet

Once you’ve added the primer and allowed it to dry for 1-2 hours, next step is to add the paint you’ve chosen. It is recommended to test the paint on a separate surface to make sure it is the color you want. When it comes to painting toilets, appliance spray paints are very much recommended. Also, latex, epoxy, and glossy paints are considered the best options for toilets type of surfaces since they are water-resistant and last longer.

Once you’ve chosen your spray paint color, shake it well before using and apply 2-3 thin coats evenly unto the toilet, spraying the toilet seat and lid as well. You can actually add additional coats if needed. Allow 10-20 minutes in between for each coat to dry. If you’re planning to paint inside of the bowl as well, make sure the toilet is sanitized before your turn off the water and allow it to dry, if not, you can cover the bowl with newspaper to prevent paint from splattering unto it.

Removing your toilet for an easier painting is optional but it is possible. It can take 5-6 hours for the paint to dry and you’re able to turn the water back on and reassemble your toilet. During the process, it is recommended to also read the instructions on each of your products. Hope you find these tips helpful.

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