How To Paint Over Ceramics Tile?

Painting ceramic tiles can give a bathroom or kitchen a fresh new look without having to replace the existing tiles. The key is to prepare the surface properly and use quality ceramic tile paint that will last. 

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Prep the Surface Before Painting

The first step to painting over ceramic tile is to thoroughly clean the surface using a wax and grease remover. This will remove any dirt, dust, or mold that might stop the paint from adhering well. After cleaning, lightly sand the surface using 100-grit sandpaper to promote a bond between the primer and the tile. 

Next, repair any chips or cracks in the tiles with caulk. This will prevent any water from getting behind the tile and making the paint peel. Then, seal the surface with high-quality urethane paint that will protect it from moisture and wear. 

Select the Right Ceramic Tile Paint for Your Project 

Good paint for painting over ceramic tile is satin or low-luster enamel. These types of paints have good abrasion and stain resistance so they can stand up to heavy traffic. They also are easy to apply and can be tinted to match the color of the original tile. You can also try a gloss or semigloss paint for added shine and depth. 

Choose the Best Primer for Your Ceramic Tile

Before painting over any type of floor, wall, or countertop material, you must thoroughly prepare the surface to ensure that it will stick well. This is especially true for ceramic tile, which may have a glossy glaze that can be hard to paint over. To prepare a surface, remove the old coat of paint and remove all grease, oil, or dirt with a cleaner like Zinsser Stain Solver. 

You can also use a mild abrasive cleaner to rough up the surface of the ceramic tile and dull the glossy glaze before you start painting. This will help the paint stick better to the surface and prevent the new paint from peeling off as soon as it is applied. 

Pick the Right Finish for Your Tile and Your Home 

A final layer of clear paint or a water-based urethane finish will protect the painted tile and keep it looking great. It will also protect the painted tile from damage caused by scratches, scuffs, and moisture, as well as add to the value of your home. 

Test the Paint Before You Buy It

It is always best to get a sample of the ceramic tile before you purchase it, as you may want to change your mind about color or paint finish. A few sample tiles will let you see how the new color or finish looks in different light conditions. You can even place the tiles in your shower or bathtub to see how they look under different lighting. 

Once you have chosen the paint and a sealer for your project, you can begin working on the painting project. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for drying times and applying thin coats of paint. You should also tape off surfaces around the tile and any electrical outlets or silicone sealants that might come in contact with the paint.