Things You'll Need
Toilet bowl cleaner
Trisodium phosphate (TSP) paint prep cleanser
Plastic brush with stiff bristles
Sandpaper (120 grit)
Painter’s drop cloth
Acrylic latex spray primer
Epoxy spray paint for appliances
Do not use acrylic paint on a toilet because it will chip off or peel. Never apply paint primer to an unsanded toilet or paint to an unprimed toilet. Skipping the step will cause the paint to peel.
When you purchase a new home, sometimes you inherit a pink or other strange colored toilet that does not match your idea of modern décor. Other times, you may find that you want to change the look of your bathroom without spending the money to purchase a new toilet. Painting your toilet can add a splash of color and an interesting, modern look to your bathroom for a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new toilet or ordering a custom commode.
Clean the toilet using a household toilet bowl cleaner.
Drain the water from the toilet bowl and tank. To do this, shut off the water to the toilet by turning the knob on the wall behind the toilet to the right and then flush the toilet. The toilet bowl will then fill with the water that was already in the tank, leaving it empty. Flush the toilet again to make the water in the bowl go down its pipes.
Clean the toilet with TSP (trisodium phosphate) paint prep cleanser. While wearing gloves, use a stiff brush to remove as much of the mold, grime, dirt and stains as possible.
Use rags wet with water to wipe off the cleaning solution and then dry rags to dry the toilet.
Wait two hours so the toilet can dry completely.
Sand the toilet with 120-grit sandpaper. Scour the entire toilet or the part you wish to paint with the sandpaper until the surface of the toilet feels gritty. When the grit on the sandpaper feels smooth, replace it with a new piece.
Wipe the toilet with a dry rag to remove the excess dust.
Place the drop cloth on the floor and on objects surrounding the toilet. Hang pieces of newsprint on the wall behind the toilet, securing it with painter's tape. If you plan to paint inside the toilet bowl, cover the jets along the bottom rim with painter's tape, because the primer and paint can cause clogging.
Spray the acrylic latex primer evenly onto the toilet. The primer will help the paint adhere better to the toilet. Allow the primer to try for two hours.
Spray the epoxy spray paint evenly onto the toilet, holding the can 8 inches away. Follow the manufacturer's instructions if you wish to apply more than one coat of paint. Allow the paint to dry for at least six hours, or overnight, before turning the water back on. To refill the tank, turn the knob on the wall behind the toilet to the left.
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