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How to Paint Over Ceramic Bathroom Tiles

How to Paint Over Ceramic Bathroom Tiles

When you’re renovating, the aim of the game is to achieve a top transformation without spending the earth. Painting over ceramic bathroom tiles is one such method of saving funds. Better still, it is easily achieved – and you don’t have to call in any experts for this one!

After you’ve made some decisions about which areas you want to paint and what kind of paint you want to use, and completed the necessary preparation, you’re ready to go.

First of all, you have to decide which bathroom tiles you want to paint, whether they’re on the floor, on the walls, around the vanity or around the shower. Keep in mind that since painting will make the grout lines the same colour as the surrounding tiles, the area might lose some of its unique character or style.

Another thing to keep in mind when making this decision is that it’s better to refrain from painting tiles that are worn by water, such as the floor or the tiles in the tub.

To paint over your bathroom tiles, you’ll need just 6 materials:

  • Abrasive bathroom cleaner
  • Wet sponge
  • Synthetic grit sandpaper
  • Damp cloth
  • Bonding Primer
  • Latex paint OR Epoxy paint

Now you’re all set!

Step 1: Making paint decisions

First, you have to decide which paint you’re going to use. While both epoxy paint and latex can be used, remember that epoxy paint contains a powerful adhesive capacity, while latex paint produces a glossier finish.

If you’re going with epoxy paint, pick a brand that is two parts epoxy paint that is especially made for hard-to-paint surfaces like tiles.

Step 2: Preparing to paint

Preparation is perhaps the most important aspect of painting your bathroom tiles. To prepare the tiles, you must first use your abrasive bathroom cleaner to remove all dirt and other particles from the tiles. Once this is finished, use your wet sponge to wipe the surface and remove remaining residue. Wait for the tiles to dry before you continue with your preparation.

Once you’re sure your tiles are dry, it’s time to sand the tiles. Using your synthetic grit sandpaper, sand the tiles with light pressure to remove the glossy surface.

Your next job is to use your damp cloth to remove any remaining dust from the sanding and allow to dry thoroughly. Then you’re ready to paint!

Step 3: Painting

If you’ve decided to use a latex paint, you’ll first need to apply a bonding primer that will help the paint stick to the surface of the tile. Between one and two coats will be plenty. Remember to allow the primer to dry for the time recommended on the packaging. Then simply apply two topcoats of the latex paint.

If you’d rather use the epoxy paint, simply apply two coats of the paint as per the directions. Wait the recommended drying time before touching your tiles.

Voila! The job is done. Be sure to take plenty of before and after photos so you can capture the magic of your tile transformation.