Last Updated on December 28, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
Are you tired of hearing about painted faucets yet? Well, I just have one more little update for you before I drop the subject.
I decided that I’m NOT going to do a clearcoat. I have two reasons for this decision. First, like I mentioned yesterday, the only clearcoat that I believe would be worth the trouble is the kind that’s used on cars. The problem? It only comes in a glossy finish, and I really don’t want the faucets and shower surround the be super shiny.
Second, I realized just how easy it is to fix any dings and scratches that may occur. You see, I had a few places that needed a bit of touch up, like this area on the shower head…
I forgot to score the showerhead before removing the painters tape, and it pulled a bit of the paint off. But fixing it was a cinch! First, I sanded the area with 220 grit sandpaper just to remove any ridges.
Then I got a small brush, a piece of plastic (cut from the drop cloths that I had used), and the spray paint.
I folded the plastic over to sort of create an envelope, and then sprayed the paint on the plastic between the layers. I held the can VERY close to the plastic so that it would create a puddle of paint.
And then I used my small brush to paint the areas that needed touch ups.
Seriously, it took all of about five minutes. So I figured that since this was really so incredibly easy, I’d just stick with the satin finish that looks so pretty. Plus, if I did add a clearcoat and it got scratched or chipped, it would be a two-step process to fix the scratch, rather than one step like it is now.
Now on to another topic…frosted window film. Have you ever used this product? I’ve decided now that I absolutely love it. However, had you asked me yesterday at about 3:00pm, I would have given you a very different answer. You see, I wanted to do something about this window…
What I didn’t realize, because I had never used window film before, is that trying to cover a window this size (about 4′ x 4.5′) with frosted film by myself is absolutely insane. I definitely needed two additional hands to do this little project, but I didn’t realize I needed additional hands until it was too late. I was already balancing on the side of the tub, with the protective backing peeled off of a large portion of the film, window film solution sprayed heavily on the on the window, and the window film sticking to my shirt, to my hand, to itself, and to everything else other than the window.
Talk about frustrating!!!
But I finally got it under control, and it turned out quite nicely.
After all was said and done, I think I only ended up with a couple of tiny little bubbles, which I’ll take care of with a straight pin today, if they haven’t gone away on their own.
I love how this frosted film still lets in plenty of light, but blocks less-than-desirable views, and gives plenty of privacy during the day, even if the window shades are completely up.
But I was curious about how private it would be at night with all of the lights on. So when it got dark, I placed the ladder right in the tub and turned on all of the lights…
Then I went outside to see what I could see. And what could I see? Not much at all…
If you know what to look for, then you can barely make out the shelves on the wall, and you can kind of see the shape of the ladder. But if you didn’t already know what those items were, I don’t think there’s any way you could guess. I love that!! And again, that’s with it completely dark outside, and all of the lights turned on inside the bathroom.
I still need to hang a shade on this window, but now I’m satisfied that even with the shade raised a bit, prying eyes won’t be able to peek in.
So what do you think about my decision to not use a clearcoat on the faucets and shower enclosure? Do you think I’m making a huge mistake? And have you use this window film before? I’m curious to know if you were able to do it by yourself, or if you needed an extra pair of hands.
Psstt…This bathroom is finished now! Want to see the completed bathroom makeover? Click here to see the whole before and after.
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