Can I shower in a bathroom with freshly painted walls?

Question by Mel: Can I shower in a bathroom with freshly painted walls?
I painted my bathroom last night. How long before I can use the shower in there? There is no exhaust fan and I used latex kitchen and bathroom paint.

Best answer:

Answer by rolsenn2003
I would let it cure a bit, if you have any steam condensation you could have discolored spots in the paint. You could take a quick one if you keep the steam to a minimum

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3 Responses to Can I shower in a bathroom with freshly painted walls?

  1. Just Me says:

    I recomend letting a bathroom dry overnight.
    So it should be fine by now.

  2. EvilWoman0913 says:

    24 hours should probably be long enough, but you might want to leave the door open if you can, so the steam can escape.

  3. slatz says:

    Depends on the paint used. Read the label it should tell you something about this since it is a bathroom paint. A good bathroom paint should develop moisture resistance quicker than a standard universal interior paint.

    Latex paints are prone to “surfactant leaching” if they are exposed to moisture early in the film curing stage. Surfactant is a soapy substance in latex paint that improves brushing and rolling properties of a paint. When moisture hits a new latex paint film it can leach out the surfactant to the surface of the film leaving a shinny clear to brownish droplet spotting all over the paint. This surfactant can be rinsed off with a sponge (carefully to avoid burnishing the fresh paint film), but it can re-occur if you take another shower before the paint is fully cured.

    Latex paints dry quickly but cure fairly slowly. Often it takes 30 days or longer to fully cure. So I would do what I could to avoid high humidity collecting on the ceiling and walls for a while i.e. opening a window a bit (if you can), and keeping the shower short etc..

    Oil based paints are not susceptible to surfactant leaching. I use oil in bathrooms that do not have an exhaust fan for that very reason.

    Hope this helps

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