Most homeowners equate upgrading a bathroom with a complete overhaul. But, sometimes, it can be as simple as painting your toilet to create a new feel- or to complement existing changes on a budget. Is your bathroom décor looking a little dated? Maybe all it needs is a little affordable facelift.
Painting porcelain fixtures is almost the same as redoing the walls. The goal of painting porcelain is to make it look incredible and have the color last. For the homeowner, this equates to good preparation work and using high-quality primers and finishers. There is only a tiny amount of time spent applying color, so remember to wear a respirator.
Steps to Painting a Toilet
Painting a toilet begins with a series of steps where most of the work involved prepares the toilet to ensure the paint adheres properly to it. Doing this prep involves more than just slapping on a few coats of paint and calling it done.
Step One: Thoroughly Clean the Toilet
Before painting, the toilet bowl needs to have the water removed, and while painting, the paint needs to adhere to the toilet itself. Therefore, you must remove all the residue, dust, and filth accumulated on the toilet throughout the years. If you skip this step, the paint will easily chip and peel. This action may cause the drain to clog over time.
Scrub the toilet completely clean so that you can flush away the cleaner. Do not leave the cleaner in the toilet and flush several times to ensure no chemicals are left behind. Fill a large bucket full of water. Then pour it down the toilet to force-flush it without prompting the toilet to refill.
There may be a bit of water leftover, but you can soak it up with a towel.
This step is vital for a good result. It will determine the toilet’s final look and how well the paint performs over time. Therefore, owners should gently glide a razor blade across the surface to ensure there is no remaining filth. If there is, scrub the toilet some more until it is completely removed. Don’t forget to clean the outside of the toilet tank, too.
Step Two: Sand the Entire Toilet Surface
The paint needs to bind to the surface so that it won’t flake or chip. Therefore, the entire surface of the toilet needs to be gently sanded for the paint to adhere to it, including the toilet tank lid and the top and sides of the commode.
Use 120-grit sandpaper over the entire surface, both outside and inside of the toilet. The surface should feel gritty when you are done. This will ensure the paint will properly adhere to the porcelain.
When you finish, rinse the toilet thoroughly so that the paint will have a smooth look once applied.
Step Three: Allow the Porcelain to Completely Dry
Before applying paint, the toilet needs to dry completely, which usually takes one to two hours. Allowing it to air-dry works best so there are no fibers or debris left behind from a towel. You can decrease this time by using a hairdryer to quicken the evaporation process.
Ideally, you should remove the toilet from the bathroom so that, while painting, there is proper ventilation. You can do this by initiating the following steps. Be sure you remove the water intake hose. Make sure you place all screws in a bag and placing them in a safe location.
While the toilet is drying, you can remove any adhesive residue left behind. Protect and prep the surrounding area completely before painting. Use drop cloths to protect the surrounding fixtures/floor from paint splatter. Cover the faucets, showerheads, etc. with plastic bags, and ensure there is good ventilation/airflow while painting.
Also, be sure to turn off the water supply to the toilet.
Step Four: Prime and Pain the Porcelain
You need primer, paint, and finisher for best results. The primer aids in the paint going on smoothly and help with the binding process. The paint gives the color, and the finisher helps it to last.
Before purchasing your paint, look for a product designed for porcelain fixtures. Homeowners can use latex-based and epoxy products. However, not all acrylic or oil-based paints will adhere properly to the porcelain. Always double-check before applying it.
Users can buy a spray-on or roll-on paint depending on what they prefer.
Follow the instructions on the product you use regarding application and dry time before going to the next step. Make sure each step fully dries before proceeding.
If you are using a spray printer, hold the can eight inches away from the bowl. Allow the primer to dry for two hours. Refrain from painting or priming the inside of the toilet bowl. You may end up plugging holes where the water comes out.
When the primer is dry, spray the bowl with appliance epoxy spray. Spray the same way as the primer. Do not paint over a bowl that you have not primed or the paint will come off.
After you coat the bowl, wait six hours before turning the water back on.
To keep the paint looking fresh and to prevent chipping, use the proper cleaning products to make it last. Refrain from using abrasive cleaners on porcelain paint. Instead, use spray-on cleaners that allow you to rinse or wipe it away by using a soft cloth, which will make things last longer.
Can You Change the Color of the Toilet?
Yes, you can with the steps mentioned above. Even if the toilet has rust stains or has any other type of stain, you can cover it with water-resistant paint.
How Do You Paint a Toilet Without Removing the Toilet?
Do not paint the toilet without removing it unless you have a large, well-ventilated bathroom because of the fumes.
You may not be able to get into all the small spaces as the tank is often flush with the wall.
To do this, you could complete the steps mentioned above, but it would be very tricky when it comes time to paint the tank. Bathrooms are generally small spaces, so you wouldn’t have enough room to work in.
Upgrading a bathroom can be as simple as painting your toilet a different color. If you are redoing your bathroom on a budget, this is one of the best ways to save you a bit of money in the process.
You can do these steps with any porcelain or ceramic tile in your bathroom. So, doing a renovation can be as simple as using a different paint color. Furthermore, if your fixtures are old and stained, this is a great way of getting them looking like new again without the added expense of purchasing another fixture and having it installed.