There are a lot of myths surrounding mold resistant paints. A lot of people to this day still believe that mold resistant paints can be used to paint over mold and remove it, as well as that they offer lifetime guaranteed prevention against its future spread.
This, of course, is not true. We have written about this before in our article on whether painting over mold can kill it, and we will likely have to write about it more in the future. However, such a thing as mold resistant paints do exist and they do have their advantages.
While a mold resistant paint can’t treat existing mold and while it doesn’t guarantee that mold won’t ever appear in the future, when the product is of high enough quality, it can indeed have a measured effect on increasing the difficulty for future mold growth and spread.
Mold resistant paints are designed for rooms with extra moisture in the air. That means the kitchen, the bathroom, humid closets, the attic, the basement, the garage, and pretty much every room in your house that has had mold and moisture-related problems before.
A mold resistant paint won’t solve the moisture problems, but it makes it harder for mold to take hold and spread across your walls, thanks to the way the paint is made. Never paint over mold, even with a mold resistant paint – you will often find that the infestation will keep spreading underneath the coat and can damage the wall or grow beyond the paint. Instead, clean the area perfectly and dry it off, and apply the mold resistant paint afterwards.
The way mold resistant paints work is due to the fact that they contain antimicrobial ingredients that help prevent the growth of mold on painted surfaces. There are a lot of different brands that make mold resistant paints on the market. Most of them can be found in any reputable home improvement store such as Lowe’s, Home Depot, Menard’s or any other. To name some of the top brands, you can look for:
Some mold resistant paints that we wouldn’t recommend would include:
Painting walls and surfaces with a mold resistant paint, particularly on places that have history with mold is a three-step process:
1. Wash the Wall as Well as You Can and Let It Dry Afterward
Mold can be a real stubborn problem sometimes, so don’t expect an easy battle. Cleaning mold can be a really expensive and time-consuming process, not to mention that sometimes you might even be forced to look for professional help.
We are not telling you all of this to exaggerate the problem and scare you – more often than not you’ll be perfectly able to deal with the problem – but simply to prepare you. Before painting you need to make certain that you’ve cleaned the surface as well as possible. After that, let it dry off completely. It doesn’t matter how mold resistant the paint is if you apply it over a wet wall.
2. Protect and Seal-off Everything You Couldn’t Wash Away
Some areas of your home will feature a ton of small nooks and crannies that make cleaning mold more irritating than it should be – there is often a spot that just won’t completely clean. You always want to apply painter or masking tape to the areas that you don’t want to paint, but you also want to use a mold sealant to the remaining mold spots that you just couldn’t remove. This isn’t as effective as completely removing the mold spot, but it’s infinitely better than just leaving it there.
3. Paint and Wait for a Day
Especially in a bathroom, give the paint a little extra time before taking a bath or raising the moisture levels in the room in any way. Even when the paint seems completely dry, it still isn’t as well sealed as it will be later. Drastically raising the moisture and humidity levels in the room or the bathroom can cause the paint to soften and run even if it looked dry beforehand, so wait a good 24 hours just to be sure.
This is a high-performance mold resistant paint that has a low odor coating, as well as a lifetime durability guarantee. It is great for bathrooms, basements, garages and any other high-moisture environment. The Mold and Mildew Resistant Film of the paint has a 5 year guarantee. The paint has a washable and scrubbable stain and moisture resistant finish.
It comes in a 5 gallon pail and is available in a white semi-gloss color. It is also a self-priming paint and sticks on the surface without the need for sanding. The self-priming isn’t as prominent as with other mold resistant paints, but it is a factor.
This is a washable and scrub option from Rust-Oleum that comes in a Perma White color. Its finish is stain and moisture resistant, which makes it great for mold-prone surfaces. Also, it is self-priming, meaning that it sticks to the surface by itself. It is also water based and has a low odor that won’t bother you too much.
Contains a Mildewcide to prevent the growth of mold and mildew on the paint film only – this comes with a 5 year guarantee. It also resists dirt and water stains.
A great Satin paint from Rust-Oleum, this universal color will fit in any bathroom or any other place with high levels of humidity and moisture.
It is a water based paint with a low odor that is also uniquely designed to resist high moisture levels and prevent the development and spread of mold and mildew. This is thanks to its Mildewcide formula that works successfully for up to 5 years.
Another option from Rust-Oleum, this one comes in a great Egg Shell color. As with all Rust-Oleum paints, its washable and scrubbable and also has a stain and moisture resistant finish.
It is self-priming and easily sticks to whichever surface you paint it on. It is water-based and has a low odor and it also contains a Mildewcide to prevent the growth of mold and mildew on the paint film only.
And there are our 5 suggestions for mold resistant paints on Amazon, in addition to our 5 suggestions of overall brands. Which one you choose depends entirely on your local options, as well as your preferences for color.
We, ourselves, are really keen on the Zinsser Perma-White Mold & Mildew-Proof Interior Paint, because of its great price-to-size ratio and its excellent mold resistance. However, that’s mostly subjective. Whichever is the best choice for you – we wish you easy and joyful painting and a lot of mold-less years to come!