If you are tired of the color of your ceramic tiles but do not want to take the time to retile, you can paint them. Painting ceramic tiles techniques include a number of steps, but the most important and often overlooked step is in preparation. Preparing for your project will ensure that you will be pleased with the finished results and reduces the chances for any mistakes along the way.
Painting ceramic tiles techniques should be written down in a list form so that as you work your way through your project, you will not neglect any steps and will complete everything according to your plan. When choosing paint for your ceramic tiles, you should consider the area that the tiles are located in.
High humidity areas, such as bathrooms, may require an oil based or epoxy paint rather than a latex. Latex paint is water based and tends to peel quickly from any surface that is exposed to high humidity.
Another paint choice may include a contrasting color for your existing grout. This is a beautiful way to achieve a striking look with your tiles. Begin your project with a plan, and determine the best colors for your decor that you prefer for both your tile and grout before beginning your project.
Before the painting process can begin, you will need to clean the existing tiles. This is the first step in painting ceramic tiles techniques and should not be overlooked. Depending upon the location of the ceramic tiles, the tiles may be prone to mold or mildew.
If the tiles are badly stained, you can use a solution of 50/50 ammonia and water to clean them and kill the mildew. You should make sure that all stains are completely removed from the tile before moving on to the next step.
The second step in painting ceramic tiles techniques is to clean the existing grout. If the grout is also stained, you can use the 50/50 solution of ammonia and water that you used on the tiles to clean the grout as well. If however the grout has spots that cannot be removed with ammonia, you can try a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water to clean the spots. Peroxide is a gentle bleach that will remove stains and mildew. However, if you have a stubborn spot that is not responding to any of the above treatments, try a little bleach applied with a toothbrush.
The third step in painting ceramic tiles techniques involves sanding the tiles down. This is a very important step and will determine the amount of adhesiveness between the paint and the tiles. Use very fine sandpaper– 220 grit and gently sand down the tile.
Try not to leave any scratches because they may show through the finished paint. Remove all gloss from the tiles. Using a damp cloth wipe down all remaining traces of dust from the tiles before moving to the next step.
Painting Ceramic Tiles Techniques: Primer
The next step in painting ceramic tiles techniques is to prime the tiles. Priming the tiles will prepare them to receive the finished coat of paint. You can use an epoxy paint for areas that have high humidity.
The final step in painting ceramic tiles techniques is applying the top coat. You can choose a beautiful high gloss acrylic latex for your top coat. If you choose to, you can paint the grout with a contrasting color as well.
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