what kind of paint is best for a bathroom ceiling?


Mark asks:

I am painting our bathroom of our 70 year old house and need a paint that will cover some flaws yet still be highly resistant to water and humidity. I would like to use the same paint on the ceiling and upper walls in the shower that I use on the rest of the bathroom ceiling. Also, any tips on minimizing the mess and the drips would be highly appreciated. (The rest of the bathroom is not being repainted).


Best answer:

Answer by Samm
With a house of that age, the walls previously may have been painted with oil base enamel. Check with the paint store or paint department. But I think you can primer the job with latex enamel and then paint with a High gloss Latex .

Be sure to talk to the paint guys first to be sure.

You are painting the shower???? That doesn’t sound good.

3 thoughts on “what kind of paint is best for a bathroom ceiling?

  1. happy new year! Good news about painting your bathroom ceiling. If you have water stains they can easily be covered with an oil base primer. I would probably go ahead and prime the whole ceiling with oil base primer. Next it depends on the type of ceiling you have. if it is a popcorn or blown ceiling you have to roll your paint in one direction only. if you don’t it wil cause it to fall off. The type of paint to use is completely up to you. I would not go with a regular flat paint unless it is designed for ceilings. Instead I would use a satin or eggshell finish. you can get in any color and it does not have much shine. The less mess part can be achieved by using a very thin rollar nap on your walls and ceiling if they are smooth. I would suggest a 3/8″ nap. If your ceiling is bumpy you will need a thicker nap for it. Also don’t roll too fast this cuts back on spltter too. Well Good luck and let me know if you need anymore help

  2. Mark, we have a 60 year old house. Be sure to patch any holes or cracks and use a gloss or semi-gloss because they are tougher, seal better, are less porous, and more “scrub-able.” To minimize the mess use one of those 1 coat rollers with a splatter shield or a pad. I like to use a pad myself . . . . it is just a 4×6 pad (found in the paint section) that you can get in a variety of textures (like rollers) and there is less splatter than a typical roller.

    Another thought is to install an exhaust fan that really cuts down on moisture after showers. My hubby even put our fan on a timer switch so we don’t have to remember to switch it off. Definitely saves on the energy with 4 teens. It has helped maintain our paint and reduce mildew immeasurably.

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