How to Make Paint Stick to a Toilet Seat

Transform your dull toilet seat into a work of art
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Tired of looking at a plain white toilet seat and don't want to pay a lot of money for a prepainted one? Consider painting the toilet seat yourself. Whether you paint a design or a solid color, providing you use the right kind of paint, you can transform your old toilet seat into a work of art.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar or alcohol
  • Paint brush
  • Paint
  • Clear polyurethane

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Purchase paint designed specifically for the material of your toilet seat.

Clean your toilet seat's surface with household vinegar or rubbing alcohol and wait until it is completely dry before painting.

Apply paint with a paint brush. One coat of paint should suffice.

Allow the paint to dry for at least 24 hours.

Using a different paint brush, apply a coat of clear polyurethane. Allow sufficient time for polyurethane to dry and apply a second coat. This will provide additional protection against moisture.

Tips & Warnings

  • If possible allow your painted seat to dry or "cure" for up to 36 hours. The longer the cure, the more durable it will be.
  • Double check to make sure the paint you have bought is suitable for use on the material of your toilet seat. If your seat is wood, make sure your paint is designed for use on wood; if your seat is a porcelain ceramic composite, buy a deco permanent enamel paint or a paint for use on ceramics. The wrong kind of paint may not adhere to your toilet seat surface and will peel shortly thereafter.


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