How to Paint the Bathroom Shower

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Things You'll Need

  • Heavy-duty bathroom cleanser
  • Coarse sponge or plastic brush
  • Palm sander
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • 300-grit sandpaper
  • Blue painter's tape
  • Acrylic latex primer
  • Roller frame
  • Nap roller cover
  • 2-part appliance epoxy
  • 3000 roller cover
  • Galvanized metal etching primer
  • Enamel paint

While many pay thousands of dollars to renovate their bathroom shower, homeowners on a budget often opt to transform their shower's appearance by applying a coat of quality, durable paint. If you wish to paint your bathroom shower, use a specific type of paint that will stay durable under consistent duress. In addition, roughen the surface to enhance its adhesion capabilities by scouring the shower with sandpaper, or the paint will eventually fail.

Clean the shower with a heavy-duty bathroom cleanser of your choice. Rinse the shower, and wait for all surfaces to dry.

Abrade plastic and tile showers to enhance adhesion by sanding them with a 220-grit sandpaper. Use a 300-grit sandpaper on fiberglass showers. Skip this step if your shower is concrete.

Cover parts of the bathroom shower you do not want painted with a low-tack painter's tape.

Stock the roller frame with a nap cover. Coat the abraded bathroom shower with an acrylic latex paint using the roller. Wait four hours for the shower to dry.

Wash the roller with tap water.

Stock the roller frame with a 3000 cover. Coat the abraded bathroom shower with a two-part appliance epoxy using the roller. Wait 24 hours before using the shower.


  • If you want to paint your metallic shower fixtures, coat them with a galvanized metal etching primer, and then apply an enamel paint.


  • Do not use an ordinary latex or oil-based paint on a bathroom shower or the finish will eventually fail.

    Do not paint over plastic,tile or fiberglass showers unless they have been abraded, first, or the finish will eventually fail.