Replacing the tile we have in our bathrooms and kitchens isn’t always an option and you may wonder if it’s possible to find some other budget-friendly, DIY methods for making that space look brand new. Paint is a really fast way to go about redoing any space. But you may be curious about whether or not you can paint over tile.
Remember that this is a short-term fix, but it is possible to paint over tile if you do it correctly. We cover that in our blog, so you have the best shot with having a successful home project.
Preparing the Tile
While you can paint over tile, it is best to leave high moisture spaces out of the process. These spaces are more likely to flake, fade, peel, or blister prematurely since they are consistently exposed to water. This means you should leave the inside of tubs or showers alone. Kitchen tile, laundry room walls, and other areas of dry to low moisture are better candidates.
You’ll want to prepare your tile for the paint by giving it a good scrub to get rid of any grease, dirt, or oil. This will help the paint adhere to the surface better. You can also take this time as an opportunity to repair any tiles that are missing or damaged.
Finally, sand down the layer of glaze that is on top of the tiles. You can hand sand or machine sand the tile before wiping away the sanding grit.
Painting the Tile
When you paint, you’re going to start by covering the area with a layer of primer. Primer is a key step in the painting process and not one you want to skip over. It hides unwanted colors and helps new layers of paint adhere better to the surface. Try to be even with your coats and primer and paint more than one layer if necessary.
For the actual paint, you can choose to go with latex paint or epoxy paint. Latex paint requires one to two applications of a bonding primer followed by two coats of the latex paint. Use two-part epoxy paint that is made especially for tiles and make sure to follow the directions carefully. The color options for epoxy paint may be more limited than with latex paint.
Enjoying Your Work
Once you’ve completed painting, sit back and enjoy your work. Make sure to give it ample time to dry. This could mean you won’t have access to parts of your home for however long the paint manufacturer advises but not taking the chance to ruin your hard work is worth the wait.
Looking for some professional help? Contact Fillo Painting at (770) 769-7941 today for your exterior painting needs.