How To Paint A Toilet Seat

There’s no doubt that a toilet seat sees a lot of wear and tear; especially if you are limited to one bathroom in your home. Constant use, plus regular cleaning with harsh cleaning products, can lead to the paint on the toilet seat wearing off making the toilet seat look worn and dirty – which it’s not! Once you learn how to paint a toilet seat, and realize how easy it is, you won’t have to live with it any longer.

Can You Paint A Toilet Seat?

Yes! You can paint both wooden and plastic toilet seats. The key is to prep the surface properly (see below) and apply thin coats to avoid paint dripping and future chipping.

You cannot paint padded toilet seats. The vinyl fabric covering these seats will not take up the paint well, and the padded nature means the paint will crack and chip almost immediately.

What Kind Of Paint Do You Need To Paint A Toilet Seat?

Traditionally you would need both a primer and a paint in order to ensure that the paint bonded properly to the surface.


Rust-Oleum 249090 Painter's Touch 2X Ultra Cover, 12-Ounce, White

Rust-Oleum has developed a spray paint with BOTH primer and paint in one. Like magic! This saves both time and effort as you no longer have to apply the primer, wait for it to dry, and then apply the paint layers; it’s all done in one easy step.

Plus, they have a bunch of colors. Now painting your toilet seat Berry Pink may not be in your decorating plans (this time), but it’s good to know it’s there for those other projects you’ve been avoiding also. 🙂

What Else Will You Need?

As is the case for most projects, getting all your supplies together ahead of time will make the project go a whole lot smoother. Be sure to have these items on hand:

  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Rags
  • Drop Cloth – Newspaper is a good substitute
  • Sandpaper (120 grit)
  • Painters Tape
  • Safety Equipment – Mask, Goggles

How To Paint A Toilet Seat

  1. Remove the toilet seat from the toilet. To do this, open up the bolt covers on the back of the toilet seat and use a large screwdriver to turn the bolt while holding onto the nut underneath. I know, it sounds way more complicated than it actually is. Check out this video from This Old House; they demonstrate it perfectly.
  2. Clean the toilet seat thoroughly. Front and back. Top and bottom. Don’t forget the hinge area too. Rinse completely and leave it to fully dry.
  3. Mask areas that should not be painted. Use the painters tape to mask off any areas that should not be painted such as the hinges and hinge covers. If you don’t want the lid to be painted you could use newspaper as a larger mask.
  4. Sand areas to be painted. Sanding provides a rougher surface to allow the paint to adhere better. Lightly sand all areas that are to be painted until they are dull and slightly roughened. Wipe with a damp rag to remove all dust and let dry thoroughly.
  5. Take it outside. You’ll need a well ventilated area to do the painting, using a drop cloth to be sure that the surface under the painting area won’t be painted also. The last thing you need is a toilet seat shaped paint ring on your driveway for eternity!
  6. Paint the toilet seat. Spray a light, even, coat of paint on the surface from 6 to 10 inches away. Spraying too close will result in paint drips and an uneven coating. Be sure to spray into all the nooks and crannies too. Allow the first coat to dry and then repeat with a second coat of paint. *Follow the directions on the Rust-Oleum can to ensure perfect results.
  7. Let dry completely and reinstall. Once the newly painted toilet seat is dry, re-install onto the toilet.

Replacing A Worn Toilet Seat

Sometimes a well worn toilet seat is just that – well worn and not worth painting or restoring. Replacing a toilet seat is very easy to do, plus a basic version doesn’t cost any more than the cost of a can of spray paint!

Check out our Toilet Seats article and find a new toilet seat to solve your problem with a fraction of the work.


Paint a Toilet seat