Thoughts on painting a toilet seat?

Hey folks! I wanted to tap the collective mind of the Instructables community on this one: We recently did a radical redecoration of our bathroom. One of the only things that wasn't touched so far was the toilet. Rather than getting a new (probably boring) toilet seat- I'd like to try painting the old one (I'm talking about the SEAT here, not the cover). Is it feasible for a long-term part of the bathroom, do you think? I've never really painted anything like this before- what paints / techniques would folks recommend? I was thinking of sanding down the surface, applying a rust-colored enamel (with some black patterns), and then a goodly amount of clear coating. Appreciate any thoughts (even if they are "Hey, that won't work- suck it up and sit on a boring seat like the rest of us"). Obviously any work will be documented and submitted to the site : ).

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Kiteman9 years ago
Stupid question, but what is the seat made of? Plastic or wood?
a grain of alt. (author)  Kiteman9 years ago
Great question- it's not wood, so I'd assume it's cast from some heavier type of plastic? It's pretty substantial-feeling and heavier than normal plastic would be.
Not a good surface to paint on, then.

Sanding, certainly, but maybe some sort of primer?

I'd suggest practicing on a hidden area, but there isn't really a totally-hidden part, is there?

Actually, your best bet is to buy a cheap wooden seat, strip off the varnish and start from there. You'll have to make sure anything you paint on is resistant to powerful cleaning chemicals, and also completely dry before anybody uses it.
Kiteman Kiteman9 years ago
(I've just remembered - our local hardware store sells novelty toilet seats. Cast in clear plastic, they contain things like drawing pins, barbed wire and spiky shells)
Your local hardware store has peculiar tastes in toilet seats. Do people actually buy them?
I presume so, else why stock them? They also have them with sweets and (hopefully plastic) fish embedded in the plastic. They look better than they sound.

My cousin has the wire one! It's FREAKY to sit on...
I carry a full range of clear seats things like sea shells, aquatic animals (dolphins etc), like Kiteman said barbed wire. Yes they do sell but only as novelty items generally for second non guest bathrooms.
a grain of alt. (author)  Firebert0109 years ago
I've actually seen these particular seats used in bars and the like before-- so someone is buying them, hehe.
Now THAT'S something to try - make a toilet seat mold and a clear resin cast with stuff in it. I'd throw tampons in. Just to be creepy. There's also that great Plasti-dip rubber - a red rubber toilet seat would be bitchin'. Ok, but getting back to practical... what about auto paint? It cleans, it's safe for skin contact and it's really hardy. Maybe you can buddy up with someone at the body-shop for a custom job & borrow their sandblaster and paint gun also.
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