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Can You Spray Paint A Bathroom Faucet?

Do you hate the color of your faucet but don’t want the hassle of replacing it? Save yourself the hassle and some money by spray painting your bathroom fixtures to fit our current style.

spray painted black bathroom faucet on white sink.

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Here is our detailed real-life tutorial to help you save money by painting your bathroom fixtures and other accessories. Learn how we saved over $100 by painting our silver faucet matte black to match our bathroom decor.

Our DIY Bathroom Makeover Ideas

We had all the plans in the world to buy a new black faucet and replace it in our cheap basement bathroom makeover. But after having such success with painting a laminate countertop and DIY painted bathroom cabinets, we knew we had to try to spray paint the faucet, too.

Should you paint your bathroom fixtures?

This bathroom faucet isn’t used terribly much. Therefore, painting it was a great solution. Anytime you paint something that isn’t always meant to be painted (like glass tile), you should assume that you will have to replace it sometime in the future.

But hopefully, you can get a few good years out of your paint project before that time comes. You can see all of the easy bathroom remodel projects we did in this space.

before chrome faucet with large knob on white sink.
Here is our “before” sink faucet.

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spray paint cans with text matte black auto spray paint and auto primer.

Related DIY>>>You can use similar materials to spray paint your cabinet hardware to match.

How To Spray Paint Bathroom Faucets

Before You Begin

Make sure to take proper safety precautions and plan to spray paint when you can get out of your house for a little. It will be smelly.

Step 1: Clean Your Fixtures or Faucet

You need your sink to be as clean as possible, that includes getting rid of any limescale on the faucet spout. 

hand holding toothbrush cleaning with bag of liquid rubber band on end of spout.

Cleaning Tip: To help get rid of limescale, consider soaking the end of your faucet with a baggie filled with diluted white vinegar. In a few minutes, you will see if loosen the particle. Just be careful not to leave it on too long as it can chip the current finish.

Step 2: Lightly Sand All The Surfaces

Use 220 sandpaper to scuff up the metal surface. This step will help your primer adhere. Wipe away dust with a rag or tack cloth.

hand using red sandpaper to scuff up chrome on metal faucet.

Step 3: Prep Areas You Don’t Want To Be Painted

You could remove the sink faucet to spray paint. However, the hassle of doing that didn’t seem worth it to us. This step is actually the longest.

Tips For Prepping Your Bathroom

  • Make sure that the area around your sink is completely dry. Your painter’s tape will not stick if it is not completely dry. You can even use a blow dryer to help dry the spots that still may have moisture.
  • You need to tape around all the fixtures. Use small pieces of tape for the drain circle. Using your fingernail also to push down the tape in the crevices.
  • Add plastic sheeting to cover other areas from overspray. We just used ripped plastic bags as a budget-friendly option.
small pieces of green tape around sink drain.

Why did we not cover more areas with plastic sheeting?

We only need to cover the painted bathroom cabinet and newly painted laminate counters.

Note that we did not cover the walls completely because we would be painting them after this bathroom DIY project. After removing the gross carpet and carpet glue, the bathroom floors were also just concrete. Stay tuned for how we finish this space.

sink with plastic bags and green tape around it.

Step 4: Wipe Down With A Deglosser

No matter what we are painting we always wipe down with a deglosser like Krud Kutter. Make sure to wear gloves for this step.

hand wearing black glove wiping taped out bathroom faucet with yellow rag.

Step 4: Use Light Coats Of Automotive Primer

Read the can directions for the specific paints you are thinking of using. We chose to do two light layers of the primer to ensure we cover all angles. 

gray automotive primer on faucet.

Step 5: Spray 3 Light Coats Of Black Spray Paint

If you want a completely matte finish, then the automotive black paint should work for you. The reason some people suggest this paint is that it is water-resistant and that makes sense for a faucet.

However, satin oil-based spray paint like Rustoluem should also work. We were not liking the complete finish of the black auto paint, so I ended up adding an extra coat of satin on top.

spray painted bathroom faucet with painter's tape on it.

Step 6: Remove All Tape Carefully

After about 30 minutes of your last coat, remove your sheeting and cut the edges of the paint with a sharp razor blade before removing the painter’s tape. By carefully checking the areas before the paint fully cures you can clean up bleeds or any overspray.

bags cover sink with black spray paint on them and on sink faucet.
Our taped bags kept our painted counters clean!

Step 7: Let Paint Cure

Wait as long as possible before using your painted sink faucet. You can look up the specific cure times for the spray paint you chose to use.

black painted faucet and drain on white ceramic sink.
You can see some imperfections on the drain, but we were able to fix them enough in the following step.

Optional: Fix Any Spots

The sink drain was the hardest area to get clean lines and I accidentally scraped it with a razor blade when trying to remove the paint. To fix this, I sprayed some black paint in a cup and used a paintbrush to touch up that area.

hand holding cup and small brush to touch up areas.
hand holding plastic cup with spray paint and hole in cup.

Just note that should learn from our mistake and use a glass or even paper plate. Our spray paint ate away at the plastic cup. We avoided the leaky disaster though.

How To Clean Painted Fixtures

Your bathroom fixtures will last longer if you are careful when cleaning them. Try to limit the use of harsh chemicals on your painted faucets. We simply wipe ours down and only use cleaner when absolutely necessary.

Expert Tips 

  • If doing other DIY painting projects, spray paint the faucet first.
  • Make sure your sink and faucet are completely dry before beginning. Any moisture will cause the spray paint to crackle or bubble.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the spray paint and primer you chose to use.
  • Automotive spray primer is a must to help prep the faucet.
  • Use your fingernail to help scrape and clean up any paint bleeds. The porcelain sink surface will allow you to clean any paint if you catch it early enough.
  • Just like for any spray painting project, make sure to use spray paint in light coats and take your time.
  • Try to ventilate the area the best you can. For our bathroom basement that meant using a fan outside with the window open to help circulate fresh air.

What would I have done differently?

I ended up not liking the look of the black matte automotive paint. It just was too matte, so I added satin on top.

I should have just used the automotive primer than satin black paint. However, I feel like by adding the automotive paint I was able to extra waterproof the project.

We also had some spots that had bubbled up on the old finish. These were difficult to get completely smooth. Before painting bathroom faucets, you should double-check the current surface. We should have tried to make ours even smoother by sanding a little more.

Now we continue working on this small bathroom remodel. You can see how we used large peel-and-stick paint samples to help with our next painting step and what our finished black painted vanity looks like.

Tutorial FAQs

Why should you use a primer when painting bathroom fixtures?

When applied to a clean and scuffed-up surface the primer will adhere better to the metal surface. Because bathroom fixtures are touched a lot, you want an extra layer of adhesion even if your spray paint says it has a primer built-in.

What is the best spray paint for bathroom fixtures?

The most important part when spray painting metal is to use a bonding primer meant for metal. We chose to use automotive primer for extra durability. You can then use automotive spray paint or regular oil-based spray paint in the finish and color of your choice.

Does this only work for a matte black look on painted faucets?

No, you can use any metallic spray paint like oil-rubbed bronze or even rose gold after you use the primer. Don’t skimp on proper prep and priming though no matter what color choice you go with.

Could you use this method to spray paint the shower and other bathroom fixtures?

Yes, using an automotive primer and spray paint on properly cleaned metal fixtures should work well.
We used a similar method to spray paint the toilet paper roll holder as well for this space.

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How To Spray Paint A Bathroom Faucet

Easily update your faucets by painting with spray paint. Full our tutorial to complete this easy DIY painting project.
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spray painted black bathroom faucet on white sink.
Prep:10 minutes
Active Time:20 minutes
Additional Time:2 days
Total Time:2 days 30 minutes

Equipment

  • Plastic Bags Or Sheeting
  • Rag
  • 220 Sandpaper
  • Protective Gear safety glasses, gloves or masks

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Instructions

Before You Begin

  • Make sure to take proper safety precautions and plan to spray paint when you can get out of your house for a little. It will be smelly.

Spray Painting Faucet

  • Clean your faucet. That includes getting rid of any limescale on the faucet spout. 
  • Use 220 sandpaper to scuff up the metal surface. This step will help your primer adhere. Wipe away dust with a rag or tack cloth.
  • Prep areas you do not want to be painted. Cover the counters, cabinets and walls with plastic. Use painter's tape around the edges of the faucet and drain.
  • Wipe down with a deglosser on a rag.
  • Set up a spray painting station. Just make sure you are able to fully spray all surfaces of the hardware. 
  • Cover all surfaces of your faucet with the bonding primer. Let dry. Add a second coat if necessary.
  • Use spray paint in large sweeping motions. Let first coat fully dry.
  • Repeat for 2 more coats making sure you fully are covering the faucet. Follow the spray paint recommendations on the can for dry time.
  • After about 30 minutes of your last coat, remove your sheeting and cut the edges of the paint with a sharp razor blade before removing the painter’s tape
  • Let your painted faucet and drain cure as long as possible before using.

Notes

  • Make sure that the area around your sink is completely dry. Your painter’s tape will not stick if it is not completely dry. You can even use a blow dryer to help dry the spots that still may have moisture.
  • Use your fingernail also to push down the tape in the crevices. 
  • Automotive matte black has a little texture when sprayed and is very matte. Universal satin will have a little shine to it, but not too much.
  • To fix any blemishes, spray some black paint in a cup or paper plate and use a paintbrush to touch up that area.
Author: Erin Nutter
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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This tutorial is exactly what I was looking for. I can’t wait to try it!!

    1. Hi Carol. Good luck with your faucet painting. Make sure to take proper safety precautions. Let us know how it goes!

  2. Loving your website and can’t wait to spray paint my faucet as well. Do you think the automotive primer is necessary? Since the Rusteoleum says primer and paint in one. Thanks!!

    1. For this particular project, yes I would say that you want to use the automotive primer to really ensure proper adhesion. My guess is that it will probably look okay if you don’t, but won’t last nearly as long without the primer. Good luck with your DIY faucet project!

  3. Good info
    Easy to follow!

    Thanks for the post👍