Can You Paint A Toilet Seat: 10 Easy Steps & Items Needed To Paint A Toilet Seat


10 Easy Steps & Items Needed To Paint A Toilet Seat

If your toilet seat is looking dull or the paint is peeling off from the surface, then yes you can easily paint your toilet seat, in order to perform this task, collect all the required items and follow the given steps. Here is the list of required items and steps for this process:

Things You Will Need

  • Dropcloth & Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Scrub Brush & Sponge
  • Rags & Painter’s Tape
  • Utility Knife(Optional) & Fine-Grit Sandpaper
  • Spray Primer & Spray Paint For Wood Or Plastics

Steps For This Process

  1. First of all, you need to lay your toilet seat, bolts, and the nuts on your dropcloth. Try work outdoors, if possible, or open the windows in order to ventilate the area.
  2. Now you need to sanitize your seat & your hardware with the help of disinfectant cleaner by using your scrub brush to clean around crevices and your sponge to clean your lid & seat. Then rinse your seat with the help of a water-dampened sponge and then wipe all the surfaces dry with your rag.
  3. Next you need to cover those areas of your lid & seat, that you don’t want to paint, such as your hinges, with the help of your painter’s tape. If applying the painter tape around the small areas is challenging then you need to wrap your areas with painter tape and then you need to trim off the extra tape with the help of a utility knife.
  4. The next thing is to sand the top & bottom of your lid & seat by using your fine-grit sandpaper until the finish is dull or look no longer shiny. You need to wipe your sanded surfaces with your damp sponge to remove any sanding particles.
  5. You now need to shake a can of your spray primer strenuously to mix all the contents. If your toilet seat is made from plastic or acrylic then you will need your spray primer for plastics. If your seat is wooden then you need to use spray primer for the wood surfaces. Primer also helps the paint bond with the surface.
  6. After that, you need to raise your seat lid and then fold it over until your unit is spread open, lying flat on your dropcloth. If you see that any spots are still damp from rinsing then you need to wipe them with your dry rag.
  7. Then you need to spray the exposed areas of your seat and lid with the help of spray primer by using light & sweeping motion. Maintain a distance of near about one foot. Now spray from many different angles to be sure to even the coverage around the edges.
  8. Now you need to let your primer dry and then turn your seat assembly over and spray the exposed side with the primer as you did with your opposite side.
  9. Next you need to shake a can of your spray paint for plastic or wood seat after the primer is dry properly, then you need to apply a light coat to both sides of your seat as you did with your primer. Apply at least 2 coats of paint, letting your first applied coat dry, before properly applying another coat.
  10. Finally, you need to peel off your tape after the spray paint is dry completely and then you need to reinstall the seat on your toilet by using the original nuts & bolts.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your bathroom is strangely busy & requires almost daily cleaning, the spray paint may not last as long as the epoxy paint. Epoxy paint is easily available in the two-part kits & the components are mixed instantly before use. You can also spray epoxy paint with the help of a compressor-style paint sprayer, or you can brush it on with your fine-bristle paintbrush.
  • Avert epoxies that are designed for the garage floors, as they often contain coarse material like silica, which texturizes the floors. You need to choose the epoxy paint that is appropriate with the surface, whether your seat is plastic, wood or acrylic.
  • The nuts on your toilet seat bolts are consistently tightened & loosened by hand, which will reduce the chance of the cracked porcelain from overtightening the nuts. If all the nuts are stubborn then you need to turn them with an adjustable wrench.
  • Spray paint will also add decorative designs when applied with stencils.
  • Padded foam toilet seats are not suitable candidates for the paint.
  • You need to wear a mask to protect yourself from any particles while sanding.
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