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To paint the bathroom, satin or semi-gloss?

Posted by janesylvia (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 2, 07 at 17:57

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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RE: To paint the bathroom, satin or semi-gloss?

"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.


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RE: To paint the bathroom, satin or semi-gloss?

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.


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RE: To paint the bathroom, satin or semi-gloss?

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RE: To paint the bathroom, satin or semi-gloss?

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.


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RE: To paint the bathroom, satin or semi-gloss?

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.


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RE: To paint the bathroom, satin or semi-gloss?

Thank you very much for sharing of your experience. I will not use the oil or flat paint. I'll use the satin paint.


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RE: To paint the bathroom, satin or semi-gloss?

zebra,

What kind of wine are you drinking?

Michael


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RE: To paint the bathroom, satin or semi-gloss?

A nice dry red to compliment the spam? ;)


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