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To paint the bathroom, satin or semi-gloss?

17 years ago

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.

Comments (8)

  • 17 years ago

    "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.

  • 17 years ago

    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.

  • 17 years ago

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  • 17 years ago

    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.

  • 17 years ago

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

  • 17 years ago


    What kind of wine are you drinking?


  • 17 years ago

    A nice dry red to compliment the spam? ;)