To paint the bathroom, satin or semi-gloss?

janesylviaJanuary 2, 2007

I am going to have a handyman paint the bathroom for me. To prevent mildew, I should have him use the satin or semi-gloss paint?

Thank you very much.

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"satin" and "semi-gloss" refer to the aesthetics of dry finish of the paint. Satin has a sheen similar to satin material and semi-gloss has some reflectivity (but not as shiny as a glossy finish). To the best of my knowledge the dry finish has no relation to the ability to prevent mildewing. To prevent mildew be sure there is adequate ventilation/air circulation (think about adding an exhaust fan if you don't have one) to avoid condensation and you might ask the painter to have a fungicide (bleach additive)added to whatever paint you decide to use if it isn't already in the paint.

Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2007 at 11:01PM
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Thank you very much for your very helpful information. An HVAC contractor has just put a new fan of 80CFM above the tub. I'll ask the painter about the fungicide.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2007 at 11:18PM
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    Bookmark   January 3, 2007 at 4:49AM
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Good question. My new bathroom has an eggshell finish, whereas my old bathroom has FLAT (which is HORRIBLE). It's true that the finish probably isn't related to mildew, but a slight sheen does help the paint look better when it does get wet. Even with a fan, there will be some condensation on the walls, and I can tell you that flat paint looks really bad when some parts are damp and others are dry. I think semi-gloss will be too reflective, especially if you have decent light. Just my two cents.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2007 at 1:20PM
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I normally use latex semi-gloss in the bathroom and kitchen. Unfortunately for our last remodeling I was so tired of doing stuff I hired a "friend of a friend" painter to do the master bath. Told him the type of paint, brand and color. Being an old school type, he used oil semi-gloss before I realized what he was doing.

I was horrified by the difference. It is considerably shinier than latex semi-gloss and magnifies any/all surface imperfections. It's almost as bad as a mirror, you can actually see the lightbulbs reflected on the surface of the wall. By that time I was so exhausted, I decided to just live with it. But I would never use oil semi-gloss again for ANYTHING. The latex semi-gloss paints I used in the kitchen and second bathroom are just fine, a little bit of shine but nothing obnoxious like the oil semi-gloss.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2007 at 11:17PM
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Thank you very much for sharing of your experience. I will not use the oil or flat paint. I'll use the satin paint.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2007 at 1:09AM
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    Bookmark   January 6, 2007 at 7:43AM
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    Bookmark   January 10, 2007 at 7:32AM
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