Painting ceramic tiles
Ceramic tiles in a bathroom can be painted over, however, you may lose some of the interesting charms of the tile, as the grout will end up being the same colour as the tile itself. You will also find a better solution if you avoid painting tiles that frequently come into contact with moisture such as bathroom vanity countertops, shower and toilet flooring and wall tiling.
There are a couple of important things to consider when painting ceramic tiling. These include preparing the surface of the tiling properly and finding the right type of paint.
Preparation of the tile
As with the majority of painting work, preparation is the key to a quality result.
- Clean the tile thoroughly – Remove any dirt, mould and soap residue with the use of a strong bathroom cleaner. After the cleaning, wipe down the tiles and grout with a clean wet sponge to remove any additional particles. Allow to dry.
- Sanding of the tile – Sand the tile gently with fine grit sandpaper to take the gloss off the tile surface. If you have an electric sander, now might be the time to fire it up.
- Remove the dust – Wipe down the surface of the tile with a damp cloth to remove any excess debris and allow to dry. A vacuum cleaner can be handy to lift residue prior to using the sponge.
There are generally two types of paint that are used for the painting of a ceramic tile. These are:
- Epoxy paint – Two coats are applied using a two-part epoxy paint that has been made specifically for use on tiles and other hard ceramic surfaces. Make sure to follow the directions on the paint can, allowing the necessary time for the tile to dry. Typically there is a very limited amount of colours available in the epoxy paint variety.
- Latex paint – One to two coats of bonding primer will need to be applied, to allow the paint to stick to the tile. Allow the primer to dry before applying two top coats of latex paint.