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Question DetailsAsked on 11/8/2013

What’s the best type of paint to use in the bathroom

What type of paint holds up to shower steam in bathroom

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The glossier the paint the more resistant to water damage it is and also the less lint and dust it holds - so the less tendency to mold growth. But, glossy paint also shows water spots, cleaning marks and localized dulling from scrubbing more. Therefore, most people choose satin or semi-gloss over gloss, or use a contrasting or complimentary gloss over the shower enclosure itself and a semigloss or stain for the rest of the bathroom.

For my money, ALL bathroom paints should have mildewcide added (packets of powder you can buy in paint area) unless pure white, which they sometimes discolor slightly. I also find that oil based paints last longer and are more mold resistant in damp environment, and alkalyd acrylic latex more so than plain latex.

When you say shower steam, I presume you mean airborne vapor - not actual a steam shower. A steam shower should have a more resistant surface for the shower enclosure - all tile or surround liner material, as actual steam will peel and degrade almost any paint except high-temp industrial epoxies.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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