What is the advantage to using a bathroom/kitchen paint??


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Old 10-30-06, 12:46 PM
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What is the advantage to using a bathroom/kitchen paint??

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I need to repaint a bathroom. The shower/toilet are located in an area approximate 4'x5' (very small). There is a window and an 80cfm that I installed to help with the moisture control. Is it necessary to go with the bathroom paint or will any high quality latex paint (SW Superpaint) be just as effective? The SW bathroom paint is slightly more expensive than the their best latex paint . Is this marketing hype based on the mass hysteria everyone seems to have about mold these days. What are the pros/cons of the bathroom paint?
 
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Old 10-30-06, 12:55 PM
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Kitchen/bath paint has better mildew resistance.
 
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Old 10-30-06, 01:05 PM
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Yep, what he ^^^ said.
 
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Old 10-30-06, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by mitch17
Kitchen/bath paint has better mildew resistance.
Is that the only advantage?
 
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Yes, as compared to a similiar latex enamel. K&B paint is an enamel with extra mildewcide.
 
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Yes, but it's an important distinction - in a room the size you state, I would only use kitchen/bath paint. Keep in mind, this being a small room means you're not going to be buying that much paint anyway, so the extra cost shouldn't be an issue.
 
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Well hello from the ocean, the land of rust and mildew...converted cottages and old houses that have little bathrooms and no fans

K&B paints are worth every extra nickel
They are designed to adhere (to the wall-tough to do in high humidity) and repel (moisture, mold, mildew) and clean up (with cleaners-sometimes called washabilty) better than "regular" paints
Sometimes they are slightly more difficult to work with than their non- K&B counterparts, but well worth it for the performance in this tough environment

I would absolutely strongly suggest a quality K&B for this project
 
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SWP sells an additive called Mildewcide. One packet at $3 per gallon of paint. Does this work well to prevent mildew in K&B areas?
 
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Most paint stores sell a mildewcide additive, some are formulated for exterior use only. Adding extra mildewcide to mildew prone areas is always a good idea. K&B paints already have the extra mildewcide included.
 
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Originally Posted by Anemic Dog
SWP sells an additive called Mildewcide...Does this work well to prevent mildew in K&B areas?
Yup
It works well
 
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Mildewcides in paint offer mildew resistance. Paint manufacturers recommend that it be applied over clean surfaces, so surface prep is very important. Surfaces with mildew should be disinfected. They tend to recommend that surfaces be washed in order to be free of oil, grease, pollen, dust, or anything on which mold and mildew can feed on below the new coat of paint. Mildew should be 'killed' with disinfectant.

Using paints with mildewcide, controlling moisture and humidity in order to keep surfaces dry, improving air circulation and ventilation, and keeping surfaces clean will likely keep mold and mildew at a minimum. Failure to do so will reduce the effectiveness of the mildewcide.

Mold & mildew spores are everywhere in the air. When they find the right conditions, they settle in. Top quality paint tends to offer the greater mildew resistance. Mildewcides tend to make surfaces mildew resistant, but not mildew proof.
 
 

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