In your fight against mold there are several things you can do to cut it off at the pass. You know, basic mold prevention stuff.
When people think mold prevention they usually aren’t thinking about building materials such as mold resistant paint. But believe it or not, mold resistant paint can play a huge role in your efforts to prevent mold.
Mold resistant paint is not the same as mold killing paint.
I need to make that very clear. You should never, ever paint over mold and call it good. Mold on walls needs to be properly remediated and that likely means replacing the drywall. There isn’t a single mold killing paint out there that really, truly kills mold. It covers it up but it does not take care of the root problem.
When mold begins to grow on a painted surface it actually feeds on materials like wood and drywall, eating away at the structures in your home. Left unchecked, it can cause serious structural damage not to mention health damage. That’s why painting over mold doesn’t solve the issue.
And please, for the love of your health and your home, DO NOT use bleach to kill mold.
What Is Mold Resistant Paint?
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.
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. Basically the legal levels of fungicides and mildewcides are added to the paint to make it mold resistant.
Where Can I Use Mold Resistant Paint?
Mold resistant paints are meant for rooms with extra moisture in the air or that are exposed to significant levels of moisture. This includes the following areas:
- Laundry room
- Utility room
- Humid closets
- Any room in your house that has had mold and moisture-related problems before
How Do I Use Mold Resistant Paint?
You use mold resistant paint just like you would regular paint. However, there are a some good practices to follow in order to get the most out of your mold resistant paint.
- Start with a mold-free wall (sorry – had to mention this again).
- Wipe down the wall with a wet cloth to remove any dirt or debris. Allow to dry thoroughly.
- Apply a mold resistant primer. Make sure you really get into the corners where the wall meets the ceiling and the floor meets the wall. This is where mold growth typically starts. Allow it to dry at least 24 hours.
- Apply the mold resistant paint. Make sure you allow it to dry 24 hours before applying a second coat.
- Do NOT use the room you are painting until after the final coat has dried. This includes the mold resistant primer drying time as well.
Anything Else I Should Know About Mold Resistant Paint?
While mold resistant paint resists mold growth, it’s not a guarantee that mold will never grow there, especially if you experience significant water damage or flooding. Practice good mold prevention to avoid this scenario completely.
Do not add any type of mold removal product or mildew cleaning product to your anti-mold paint. According to an article in the newsletter Paint Pro, homeowners sometimes think doing so will increase the ability of the paint to resist mold and mildew, but adding extra ingredients to paint changes its chemistry and can affect the color and performance of the paint. Instead of making it work better, it decreases its effectiveness.
What Brands Of Mold Resistant Paint Do You Recommend and Where Can I Buy Them?
This is hands down the best mold and mildew resistant paint on the market. Not only is the color selection beautiful but it goes on like a dream.
KILZ Tribute Semi-Gloss is a low VOC, 100% acrylic advanced technology paint and primer in one formulated for superior hide and coverage with exceptional durability and mold and mildew resistance.
This remarkable paint formula can be scrubbed clean safely. Paint and primer in 1 covers light-medium stains and light-dark color changes.
KILZ Tribute Paint comes in four sheens and 100 classic neutrals and on trend colors. Their low-VOC durable and washable long-lasting paints will beautify your home and enhance its livability and value.
- 1-Gallon can covers up to 400 sq. ft. per gallon on smooth surfaces.
- Use on properly prepared coated or uncoated wood, drywall, masonry and cured plaster.
- Lifetime Limited Warranty (see label for details). GREENGUARD Certified.
Rust-Oleum Mold and Mildew Proof Interior Paint
Can be used on any drywall, ceilings, bathrooms and basements.
The high quality Rust-oleum Mold Resistant paint comes in a range of colors and offers a beautiful satin finish.
Its durable, washable, and scrubbable, with a stain resistant finish. It is self-priming and sticks to any surface without sanding. It has a water-base and low odor. Comes with an unbeatable 5 year mold and mildew free guarantee.
If you are looking for a mold resistant primer, I highly recommend Kilz 2 Multi-Surface Primer and Sealer. It has never failed me!
When choosing paint, it is best to remember to go with a semi-gloss for ceilings and high moisture areas. Semi-gloss paint make its just a wee bit tougher for moisture to penetrate.
These mold resistant paints are not zero VOC paints although the KILZ Tribute is low VOC. If you prefer to use a zero VOC paint like I do, then you should consider adding a mold prevention additive like Paint Guard.
Add Paint Guard to any water based paint to make it mold resistant. It doesn’t change the color or texture of your current paint or impacts its finish in any way.
Using this product is different than adding a mold removal product or milder cleaning product to your paint like I mentioned above. This product was specifically formulated to be used in regular paint to turn it into an anti-mold paint.
Are You SURE There Isn’t A Mold Killing Paint?
Yep. 1000% sure. You cannot paint over mold and kill it. Won’t happen. Never. Ever. But don’t take my word for it. Paint over some mold and then use a tape lift test kit and see what happens.