Tile Painting

The DIYer

Do you have a tile backsplash in your kitchen or tile walls in your bathroom that are in good shape, but the colors are out of date? Why re-tile when you can save money by painting them? This project will give your tiles a new look and add a few more years to their life.

Here’s how:

1-  Clean the tile thoroughly.

2-  Sand the tile using 120 grit sandpaper, to remove some of the glaze finish. Clean again after sanding.

3-  Tape off any edges as needed.

4-  Apply two coats of a Latex Bonding Primer. Let dry between coats.

5-  Apply two coats of two-part epoxy paint, such as Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile. Allow drying time between coats.

6-  After painting, let set for 24 hours, then apply a spray-on tile sealer.

When Painting:

1-  Always use a foam roller or a ¼in nap roller for a smoother finish.

2-  Paint the lines and edges first using a 1inch synthetic brush.

3-  Immediately after painting the lines and edges, pass a dry roller over to smooth out any brush marks and remove excess.

4-  Keep a damp rag handy to clean up any paint that may get on other areas. The Tub & Tile paint is tough to remove after it dries.

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