Does A Bathroom Need Special Paint?

Interior Painting | December 13, 2023

At Dunbar Painting, we understand that your bathroom is more of a sanctuary where you start and end your day than just a functional space. That is why choosing the right paint for your bathroom is crucial. But does a bathroom need special paint? The unique environment of a bathroom, with its high humidity and exposure to various substances, demands a paint that is not just aesthetically pleasing but also durable and resistant to the challenges it faces.

Why Use Special Paint for Bathrooms?

Bathrooms require paint that can withstand constant exposure to moisture, humidity, a variety of cleaning products, and personal hygiene items. Moreover, bathroom paints should be of the highest quality. The ideal bathroom paint should be:

  • Mould and Mildew Resistant Paint—Bathrooms are high-humidity environments, making them prone to mould and mildew growth. A paint that resists these is essential for maintaining a healthy and clean bathroom.
  • Humidity Resistant—To prevent peeling and flaking, the paint should hold up well in humid conditions.
  • Easily Washable—Given the variety of substances that can end up on your bathroom walls, from toothpaste to beauty products and more, a washable surface is key.

Our Top Picks for Bathroom Paints

Based on our expertise in interior painting, we recommend the following for different areas of your bathroom:


Benjamin Moore Aura Bath & Spa is a top-notch choice. This product is specifically formulated for high-moisture areas, ensuring your ceiling stays pristine.


For walls, Benjamin Moore Aura Bath & Spa works wonderfully, if you prefer a matte finish. For a higher sheen, Aura Eggshell is an excellent option.

Trims and Doors

For these areas, Benjamin Moore Aura Satin or Benjamin Moore Advance Pearl are reliable choices, offering both durability and a pleasing finish.

Preparing Your Bathroom for Painting

Preparation is key to ensuring the longevity of your bathroom paint job. Here are the crucial steps you need to take to prepare your bathroom for painting:

1. Dealing with Mould

If you currently have mould, it is imperative to replace the fan to ensure adequate ventilation and to clean the surface with a water and bleach solution to prevent future mould growth.

2. Surface Prep

If your bathroom is mould-free, start by degreasing the surface. Various cleaning products and personal hygiene products can create a film on walls that prevents paint from adhering properly.

3. Removing Old Paint

If your bathroom was previously painted with shiny oil paint, it will require degreasing, scuff sanding, and, ideally, priming. Though priming is optional, it is the best option if your budget allows for it.

While there are many paints marketed for bathroom use, the key is to choose one that is specifically designed to resist mould, mildew, and moisture. At Dunbar Painting, we believe in using only the highest quality products and preparation methods to ensure your bathroom not only looks beautiful but stands the test of time and use.

If you want our expert help in properly painting and transforming your bathroom, our team is always here to provide advice and professional services for all your painting needs. Simply request an estimate through our web form and we will get right back to you.