Is it possible to paint a bathroom faucet? I wouldn't expect it to last forever, maybe just 3-4 years until I can come up with the funds to replace them all. There are two 8 inch center faucets, one shower ensemble, and one widespread roman tub faucet. It will cost big bucks to replace them all.
By lba2000 from Mundelein, IL
Yes you can. First clean them until they are spotless, then wipe off any oils and residue with rubbing alcohol on a clean towel. Make sure you don't have any hand cream on and your hands are just washed.
Then you can use either the paint-on or spray-on "Hammerite". With Hammerite you need no primer and it comes in metallic finishes. It's called "Hammerite" because it gives a hammered metal look. It can even be painted directly over rust.
Here's their website:
You want the one at the top of the page. They also sell a similar product of a different name at Home Depot. A gallon is not cheap (about $40), but maybe you can buy a pint. It also comes in spray cans. If you mask the area off good I bet you could use their spray paint. Hammerite is not safe on counters where food is served. It also works to transform a refrigerator to a hammered stainless steel look. Talk to them at Home Depot or a store like this. (06/30/2009)
My husband is a plumber and he would say no. You can look on Craigslist and Freecycle for people giving away faucets, my husband gets deals on brand new faucets that way (easier to list on Craigslist then to return). I would imagine that any metal paint would work at first, but there is so much water and body oil that touches faucets every day, it will not last long at all. (07/01/2009)
I have done this and it worked beautifully. Mine have held up for at least 1 1/2 years now and are still going. I did as another suggested. I cleaned them well and then used metallic spray paint (several light coats). Happy painting. (07/02/2009)
In the process of painting my kitchen cupboards, I got KILZ primer on my faucet. I didn't see it before it dried and there was no getting it off. This was not the waterbased primer. I would imagine you could have the primer tinted any color you want at the hardware store. It will probably last for years. You could look at thrift stores for faucets to either install or use as guinea pigs for the paint project. Also check to see if there is a ReStore in your area. Habitat for Humanity runs the stores that take donations from hardware stores, etc. and then sells the stuff cheap to the public. (07/02/2009)
There are metallic finishes you can buy in the spray paint section of Walmart or Home Depot. They are tiny little bottles called Superlite Gold Leaf Finishes and they come in many metallic colors. I painted the drawer handles of my dresser to look gold (they were a dirty brass color before) and the finish lasted about a year with near-daily use and rubbing of fingers against the handles.
The only thing is they are very pungent, and a bit toxic when wet. You have to use gloves and probably take the pieces outside for ventilation. (07/06/2009)
I repainted my bathroom sink faucet (discolored by cleaning chemicals) with spray paint used to paint auto wheels/rims from an auto parts store. I used a matte silver which looks awesome and has not scratched at all. Just beware of products like Lime Away which ruined my original finish and caused me to have to repaint the faucet. I am thinking of repainting the shower trim which has the same issue. (08/17/2009)
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