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Old 02-01-2011, 09:16 AM   #1
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I'm just finishing up a bathroom repair job that required replacing tiled walls in the bathtub of a 50 year old house. The contractor replaced the bottom 80% of the wall that is covered by tile with Densguard tile backer board. But the "old" wall remains on the top 18 inches or so. He used some tape and heavy-duty joint compound to seal the top and bottom portions of the wall (See attached pictures... You can see the gray joint compound on the white wall at the seal)

My question is: What is the best type and brand of paint i can use in the non-vented bathroom to protect from splatter and steamy showers?

Also, I'm not sure if i should be concerned about the seal between the two wall boards either. Is there anything i can put on top to help ensure a strong waterproof seal?

I was planning to use a semi gloss paint. But then i saw the Benjamin Moore Aura Bathroom paint and thought that might be better? I want the best paint for everyday bathroom life and could really care less if its semi-gloss or matte..

Another crazy idea: After priming, i could put a coat of high-gloss on the top portion of the shower... Then use a coat of medium gloss on top of that. Would this give me better protection from the shower splatter that will get on the wall above the shower? Is that a bad idea? Could also prime in-between if that would help too.

Thoughts? Advice?
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Having adequate ventilation is helpful in many ways. You can use an alkyd topcoat, which will wear better in the existing environment, but you also run the risk of mildew formation.

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Old 02-01-2011, 10:05 PM   #3
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ok here's what i would do . from the pitcher it looks like it needs to be feather sanded better. or maybe its ok .what is the old painted surface still exposed oil or latex ? if oil use zinsser cover stain.latex use a water base primer sealer valspar, gripper , s/w pro block.dont rush dry times ,then caulk around tile with a good paintable caulk .then 2 coats s/w duration home satin or semigloss. s/w says this paint has a mildewcide in it and does not streak.
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zinsser cover stain (oil) then 2 coats latex semi-gloss and your done...................easy fix, stop thinking so much................most answers to all painting problems is PREP, PRIME, PAINT, YOUR DONE
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We just did that in my mom's bathroom. Oil primer would be best then a quality satin or semi-gloss latex paint will be fine. High gloss latex paints are hard to find, expensive and won't give you much more protection over satin or semi.
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Thanks for all the advice!

I confirmed that the existing wall paint is latex semi-gloss. The only area in the bathroom with the joint compound is the two walls in the shower that seal the new and old portion of the wall. Oh, and good eyes ltd, the walls definitely need more sanding prep before we're ready to start.

After reading around the forum a bit more, i think I'm leaning towards:
* Primer: Benjamin Moore Fresh Start all purpose akkyd primer
* Paint: Zinsser Perma-White semi gloss interior paint

Another question: What type of paint do you recommend for the ceiling, both the portion above the shower as well as the rest of the bathroom? Regular ceiling paint? Or the same Perma White that I'll be using on the walls. And do you use a primer on the ceiling?

MANY thanks!
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expensive and won't give you much more protection over satin or semi.

funny you mention that..........ive never noticed much of a difference between HIGH GLOSS and SEMI GLOOS.............just another way to get more money out of you i think, damn the MAN
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Thanks for all the advice!

I confirmed that the existing wall paint is latex semi-gloss. The only area in the bathroom with the joint compound is the two walls in the shower that seal the new and old portion of the wall. Oh, and good eyes ltd, the walls definitely need more sanding prep before we're ready to start.

After reading around the forum a bit more, i think I'm leaning towards:
* Primer: Benjamin Moore Fresh Start all purpose akkyd primer
* Paint: Zinsser Perma-White semi gloss interior paint

Another question: What type of paint do you recommend for the ceiling, both the portion above the shower as well as the rest of the bathroom? Regular ceiling paint? Or the same Perma White that I'll be using on the walls. And do you use a primer on the ceiling?

MANY thanks!
Just use that all around, the ceiling if already painted does not need primed
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You really only need to prime the patched areas.

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