Painting a faucet – 3-month update
It has been over three months since I painted my bathroom faucet and wanted to share a 3-month update on painting a faucet. Here is 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 am pleased 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 about 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 a 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 of 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 a paint touch-up. My only complaint about using the primer (besides an added step) is that the paint did not go on as smoothly 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.
Hopefully, this 3-month update on painting a faucet was helpful!
Unfortunately, the primer wasn’t very helpful. 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 (after 2.5 years). It was a great way to buy time before buying new faucets, but painting a faucet (in my experience) is a TEMPORARY FIX.
To see more about how to paint a faucet click HERE.
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