Can you spray paint a faucet? I often come across this question by friends and neighbors and without saying anything I just show them my beautifully painted bathroom hardware. It isn’t difficult to paint a faucet but it isn’t easy either. Doing so can require a lot of time and patience.
Moreover, priming is the key and must never be neglected. Paint will also protect the hardware against damage caused by corrosion and rust. Today, I brought you a detailed guide on whether you can spray paint a faucet along with the step-by-step method of painting bathroom hardware.
Can You Spray Paint a Faucet?
Yes, it is possible to paint a faucet especially if it is an old one. Doing so will not only improve its overall appearance but will also help you protect it against rusting and corrosion. Similarly, if you want to replace the old faucets, however, can not because of the high cost, then painting them can be an affordable and budget-friendly method to elevate their look.
But, painting a faucet might not be as easy as it seems and therefore, you might have to put in some effort in doing so while remaining patient in the process. Below, I have described the step-by-step process to paint a faucet properly. So, let’s get started!
Required Materials to Paint a Faucet
The materials required for painting a faucet include;
- Painter’s tape
- Automobile spray primer
- Coarse grit sandpaper
- Plastic drop cloth
- Paint (any brand you prefer)
- High gloss lacquer spray
- Paint primer
- Safety glasses
- Respiratory mask
- Utility knife
Process to Spray Paint a Faucet
Begin by taking off all the fixtures. You might find it difficult to tape, however, it is advised to do it as neatly as possible to prevent future issues. You can also choose to sand the fixtures before applying the tape. Doing so will make it easier for you to tape it properly.
Once done, use grit paper to sand the faucet, and then wipe all the unwanted dust using a clean cloth. Sanding is important before paint application as it can remove all the dust from the faucet, thereby contributing to a smooth and flawless finish.
Afterward, properly covering your surroundings such as floor and walls with newspapers or plastic cloth as spray paint can lead to staining of the nearby objects and stains can be extremely difficult to remove.
After everything is covered properly, use the primer to prepare the faucet for painting. It is recommended to apply two coats of primer for better application and adhesion of the paint on the faucet.
Now use the paint of any color of your choice and apply a thin coat over the faucet. Keep the paint at least an inch or two away from the surface of the application. Let the paint sit and dry before applying another coat.
You should apply the paint in a sweeping or circular motion to prevent the dripping of paint especially if it is extremely thin. You can coat the paint with a high gloss lacquer to achieve a glossy and shiny finish once the paint is dry. Now, use the knife to scrape the tape from the edges and then remove it slowly and you are good to go.
FAQs Related To Paint Spraying Faucets
Can I spray paint bathroom hardware?
Yes, you can absolutely paint the bathroom hardware using spray paint. However, it is important that you sand and prime the surface properly before the paint application to achieve a smooth and flawless finishing. Moreover, spray paints are long-lasting, and therefore, you will not have to paint them frequently. Doing once in five to seven years will do the job.
How long do spray-painted faucets last?
Spray painting is an ideal choice if you want to improve the outlook of your bathroom faucets and want to make them last for a long time. Paint can protect the faucet from corrosion and rusting and can remain on the surface of the specified hardware without feeling or fading for around five to six years. provided that it does not come in contact with hard water. Hard water can impact the shelf life of the paint and might make it prone to peeling or fading.
Is spray painting the bathroom hardware worth it?
Yes, spray painting the bathroom hardware is definitely worth it and can increase the average life of these tools to a great extent by protecting them against corrosion and rusting. Besides this, it also improves their overall aesthetic appeal and makes them appear new and upgraded.
Final Thoughts about Faucet Paint Spraying
You might be tired of looking at the same bathroom faucet for years and might also want to change it. But, sometimes we can not get everything we want and the high cost of upgrading can also be the reason, various people find it difficult to change their bathroom hardware.
However, not anymore. You can choose to paint the faucet after priming it properly and paint will not only improve its outlook but will also offer protection against corrosion and rusting.
Hi, I am Pete Fagerlin, carpenter by profession and working on different DIY projects is my passion. For more than a decade, it’s been my weekend hobby to dig into different tools for my favorite DIY projects which helped me to become knowledgeable about different DIY tools. With a combination of my profession and passion, I am here to collaborate with Adam Wilson to share my DIY tools knowledge with the MechanicsGear readers.