I bought medium-dark blue semi-gloss paint for a bathroom in my house,
but due primarily to the old plaster's uneven nature, the darker color
with a semi-gloss paint does not look great. You can see all of the
imperfections in the plaster with the gloss in the paint.
I bought semi-gloss because I always thought bathrooms needed a
semi-gloss for cleaning and due to the moisture. This bathroom has a
window but no fan ventilation so I thought a semi gloss was definitely
Is this the case, or can I get a flat paint instead for this bathroom
even though the wall will get some dampness regularly?
why not put some mud on the ugly spots...
i tell ya, if you can frost a cake you can smooth them spots over
there is not right or wrong, i'd make 2-3 passes with drywall compound
(it's bound to look better)
just say you used the paint to see the problem areas...
now you know where to put the mud...sand and paint...
watchit look like the rest of it...
The real fix it to fix the wall. That aside I would use flat.
Yes I did see that comment about mold, but I don't believe it to be
"exactly" true. Bath paints (and it is a good idea to use paint made for
bath use) contain products to reduce the mold problem. Few "bath" paints
come in flat. You can add the anti-mold materials to a flat paint.
I just finished painting my downstairs powder room about an hour ago. I also
used a medium blue, and i think it looks great.
I did do some minor patching & some sanding.
I then painted with my most favorite type of paint, Pittsburg Paints Manor
Hall in an Eggshell finish. Have used this stuff for years in several
homes. It's quite scrubbable if you soil it. It has just a bit off gloss,
but not like semigloss. Put it on with a good quality 3/8 roller. Be sure to
prime any patched areas first.
It's all dry now. The few drywall joint ridges I did not re-work are now
less noticable than they were with a semigloss off-white.
Never use a flat paint in a bathroom, period. Even if you add a
fungicide, it will just not be durable enough or water resistant enough
for that use. I agree with the other guy that you should smooth out
the wall if appearance is an issue for you.
I am a big fan of high-gloss paint, appearance aside. It dries hard,
fast, and is super durable and waterproof. I even prefer an oil-based
paint where wetness is expected. I know latex is what everone uses but
if you try the oil based finish you will be surprised at the difference
in the finish compared to any latex.
Just think about it, an oil has got to be more resistant to moisture
and abrasion than a latex. I even used and oil based high-gloss in a
shower stall with excellent results!!! Use semi-gloss where appearance
is an issue, but never use flat latex in a bathroom unless you don't
mind doing it over in a year or two.
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