How can I paint a white shiny wall board in my bathroom?

by Janice

Our bathroom has shiny wallboard with lots of nail holes. I am wondering what kind of paint would work best or maybe it would be best to just get new wall board !!

  7 answers
  • Gk Gk on Dec 24, 2019

    Hello Janice! You can redo your bathroom walls with a little bit of work. You will have to fill the nail holes. You can use drywall joint compound and do a bit of sanding once it's dry.

    Once you get your nail holes filled you will need to give your walls a light sanding to knock down the glossy paint finish. You could also use some Krud Kutter’s Prepaint Surface Preparation rather than sand. Follow the directions on the bottle. Once you wipe down the walls so that they are clean you can prime your walls. Once the primer is dry you can begin painting with latex wall paint. A satin finish paint will work well in a bathroom. You can also go with a semi gloss finish. I prefer the satin finish and have used it many times in bathrooms.

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Dec 25, 2019

    Janice: Oh no! ...don't get new wall board! Merely fill in the holes with wood filler --- don't use too much, or you'll have to sand down. Then use a paint + primer.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Dec 25, 2019

    Is it sheetrock or a laminate surface?

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    • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Dec 25, 2019

      Okay, it can be painted, much as you would paneling. You will need to dull the finish so you have better adhesion when you prime and paint. Spackle the holes, letting them dry before sanding. Once it is smooth, wipe it all down with a damp microfiber cloth to remove any dust and debris. Allow to dry, then prime before painting.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Dec 25, 2019

    Take a good photo or wall sample to the paint department at your home improvement store and ask for their advice on paints and application tools!

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Dec 25, 2019

    I've painted this stuff before. You can fill nail holes with spackle, then make sure to prime it. I use Kilz, but if you skip this step or if you try to use a paint+primer instead, it will scratch right off. Once it has Kilz on it, you can paint like normal.

  • William William on Dec 25, 2019

    Sounds like bath panels over wallboard. Fill the holes with no shrink drywall patching compound. Let dry and sand smooth. Use a green kitchen scrubby to remove the gloss. Don't be too aggressive so not to harm the coating. Prime with Kilz primer. Paint with a good bathroom paint. Has mildewcides to slow down mold and is moisture resistant.

  • Lucky Home Today Lucky Home Today on Dec 26, 2019

    Unless you find something to plug/smooth out the holes, I would just get new wall board.