How Do I Paint My Bathroom Walls?

Painting bathroom walls and ensuring a long-lasting, stain-free finish is simple and effective however proper preparation, application, and curing is essential. There are two main paint options available to Tikkurila customers wishing to refresh bathroom walls. Our standard trade option is Optiva 5. This product will provide a wipeable surface and is suitable for bathrooms and other similar environments where good ventilation is installed and high levels of prolonged moisture exposure will not be expected. Luja is our high-performance system and is suitable for environments where ventilation is a problem and high levels of constant humidity and moisture are present e.g. swimming pools, wet rooms and surfaces where mould propagation are an issue.

  • Wash down all surfaces with an appropriate cleaning agent. If the surface is mouldy wash down with Tikkurila Mould Removal solution 
  • The surface to be painted must be dry, the temperature of the air at least +5 ºC, and the relative humidity of the air below 80 %.
  • Remove dirt and dust from the unpainted surfaces. If necessary, fill holes and cracks with suitable Tikkurila Presto filler (for walls) or Tikkurila Spakkeli filler (for wood). 
  • Sand the filler and remove sanding dust. Stir Luja finishing paint well before use. Apply two finishing coats by brush, roller or spray.

Wash down previously painted surfaces and let them dry. Remove any loose, flaking paint with a scraper, sand hard, glossy surfaces to a matt finish and remove sanding dust. Fill holes and cracks with a suitable filler. Sand the filler and remove sanding dust. Prime if necessary.

Option 1 (Good ventilation, low moisture expected)

Option 2 (High-performance system for high humidity areas)

If you require more advice on painting bathroom walls, give our technical team a call on 0131 334 4999 or send them a message here.

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Disclaimer: Tikkurila UK Paint Calculator is provided as a guide only. The coverage rates will vary depending on surface being coated and the particular product range being used. More information on these products can be found on the cans, on the technical data sheets on individual product pages, by using our live chat service or by calling our technical team on 0131 334 4999.

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