Painting a faucet – 3 month update.
It has been over three months since I painted my bathroom faucet, so I figured it was time for an update.
Here’s a picture of what it looks like now:
There is slight wear on the handle, and a little paint has chipped away on the base of both handles.
It was really easy to touch up with a small brush, and overall I’m excited with how well they have held up. This faucet sees a LOT of use. It’s the bathroom on our main floor, and our family and guests use it. Also, I don’t mess around with germs, so this faucet has seen lots of Scrubbing Bubbles.
Now that I feel confident on how the paint has held up on the faucet, I painted the faucets in our master bath and my boys’ bathroom. This time, I did use primer.
It is Rust-Oleum and easy to use. Now, I know you’re not supposed to spray paint inside, but it makes it SO much easier. You MUST make sure you prep the faucet/sink area before you prime and paint.
If you look through the pics above, you can see the before. Next I taped around the faucets with Frog Tape and used bags to protect the sink. I also completely encased the sink area and mirror/walls with a drop cloth. I did a couple light/quick coats of primer and then I painted three coats of oil bronze paint. As you can see in the last pic, I did have a bunch of touch up work despite all my prepping. The excess paint I scraped away with a small flathead screwdriver and/or a rag with mineral spirits. It really was only a 5-10 minute clean up. It looks MUCH worse. I used a small brush to paint the areas that need paint touch up.
My only complaint about using the primer (besides an added step) is that the paint did not go on as smooth as it did the first time I painted a faucet without the primer. I’m curious to see if the primed faucets hold up better than the original unprimed one – I’ll continue to post updates as time goes on.
To see more about how to paint a faucet click HERE or on the pic below:
- The primer really didn’t seem to help much. My faucet without the primer has held up just as well as those I used primer on. The Rust-Oleum paint is pretty amazing on its own!
- I did eventually replace all the painted faucets in our home. It was a great way to buy time before buying new faucets, but painting a faucet (in my experience) is a temporary fix.