A common question among people with older homes or those wanting to change the colors of rooms is, how to paint ceramic tile? The answer is easily and inexpensively as long as you have some time to complete the job. The end result would be a refreshed, new look to a room.
When considering how to paint ceramic tile, start with preparations. The tile has to be well cleaned, removing any dirt, dust, wax and grease. Use soap and a scrub brush for ease in cleaning, and grout cleaner if necessary. Then it has to be completely dry before proceeding with the paint. The preparation stage is also the time to repair any ceramic tiles that are chipped or cracked. A quick-drying epoxy can fix any chips, while caulk can address cracks. Both need to be well dried before the paint is applied.
How to paint ceramic tile using the proper technique for floors, walls, or countertops is rather easy. A roller with a low nap is ideal for walls and floors to prevent bubbles in the paint. Equally effective is a sprayer for walls and floors, but because sprayers have the tendency to overspray, use a protective covering on furniture, nearby surfaces and other items in the vicinity.
When planning out how to paint ceramic tile, using the correct type of paint is important in achieving the best outcome. Using oil-based paints, epoxy paints, or water-based paints with urethane resin will ensure the paint doesn’t peel. For a nice finished look, use semi-gloss or high-gloss paint.
How to paint ceramic tile and its grout can be done in one of two ways. You can elect to paint the grout the same color as the tile. If you want the tiles a different, contrasting color than the grout, you would need to tape off the grout lines with acrylic masking tape. If you need to regrout or change the existing grout, this should be done before painting.
How to paint ceramic tile using decorative designs takes a bit more time than simply using one color, but the results are phenomenal. Adding a decorative design pattern is common on walls and countertops. Once the tile is painted, use a stencil to create your design. You can also create a design by using two different paint colors. Geometric patterns and stripes are examples of designs that can be achieved by painting individual tiles a different color.
When considering how to paint ceramic tile in the bathroom and kitchen, there are certain concerns with areas that get wet regularly. Painting over the ceramic tile in a bathtub or shower is not recommended because they get extremely wet on a daily basis. But it’s okay to paint ceramic tile on backsplashes in the kitchen because they can be quickly dried off.
How to paint ceramic tile to achieve the best success is to use a coating after applying the paint. A clear, water-based urethane is best and should be applied at least two days after the painting is completed. This gives the paint ample time to dry thoroughly and adhere well to the tile’s glossy finish. The rule of thumb is to apply several coats of urethane. By applying multiple coatings, you will protect the painted tiles.