Can I paint my bathroom drain without removing it?


Awhile ago I poured a drain declogger in bathtub drain, evidently got some on drain surround. Looks awful. Too far under garden tub for me to change. Any ideas???

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  • Em Em on Apr 16, 2019

    Paint Formula

    Metallic paints, such as chrome paint, contain small particles that reflect light, giving the painted object the appearance of metal. Use metallic paints on metal surfaces to enhance their shine or on wood and plastic objects to give them the appearance of being metallic. Epoxy enamel paint provides one of the most durable finishes for use on metal plumbing fixtures. This type of paint resists moisture and forms an ultra-hard surface on metal and other materials.


    The success of your paint job relies heavily on proper preparation. Encourage the best possible adhesion by scrubbing the drain with soapy water. Buff off the surface sheen with fine-grade sandpaper. Remove all traces of oil and grease with denatured alcohol.


    Dry the drain with a clean towel to remove all traces of moisture. Dampness on the surface of the metal prevents paint from adhering properly. Use a metal primer prior to applying the chrome paint to the surface. Apply thin, even coats of the epoxy enamel, and let each coat dry completely. Use two to three coats of the metallic paint to achieve the look of solid metal. Let the surface dry for the amount of time recommended on the product label before exposing the drain to water.


    Maintain the attractive appearance of a newly-painted drain or other fixture by cleaning it with a soft washcloth or nylon scrub pad. Avoid abrasive cleaners, such as scouring powder and steel wool. Coarse cleansers and harsh scrubbing shortens the life of the paint, leading to flaking and peeling.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Apr 16, 2019

    Use masking tape to cover the tub around the drain. Be sure the drain is as clean and dry as possible. Use an old toothbrush to scrub down the sides. Use brushed on paint or dry carefully aimed spray paint to cover the stain and let it dry a day. You may want to tape off and repaint other metallic parts if they are scarred or dull. Just don’t scrape off the paint with a scrubbing sponge. A soft cloth will shine and clean water spots. Best wishes!

  • Rebecca Taylor Rebecca Taylor on Apr 17, 2019

    Hi Belinda, have you thought about using a small craft brush and automotive paint? The paint they use for cars stand up to the elements.

  • Srrock Srrock on Apr 17, 2019

    Most tub drains unscrew the from top, you can remove the old one them screw the new one in , you do not have to get under the tub

  • Srrock Srrock on Apr 17, 2019

    You can buy replacements at Lowes or Home Depot