How To Paint Bathroom Tiles
Here are instructions for how to pain bathroom tiles. A clean and updated bathroom will affect the entire feel of your home. Paint bathroom tiles to update the decor as an easy and budget friendly alternative to replacing them. It is not hard to do with the correct tools. You may not feel confident in re-tiling a bathroom yourself, but painting is something you can do.
- Very fine sandpaper
- Shellac based primer
- Paint brushes
- Oil based gloss paint
- Prepare the surface of your bathroom tile. Clean the tiles thoroughly using a household cleaning product or grout cleaner. Scrub with a soft cleaning brush or non-abrasive scrubber to get rid of any dirt and soak scum. Try cleaning stained grout with a baking soda paste and toothbrush. Rinse well and allow to dry completely. Replace any missing or cracked tiles. If tiles are replaced allow at least 48 hours for the grout to dry before going to the next step.
- Lightly sand the glassy surface of the tile to improve adhesion. Use a very fine sandpaper. You want to remove the smooth finish, but not cause scratches which will affect the look for your painted bathroom tiles. Remove any dust with a damp cloth and allow the tiles to dry for at least 24 hours before painting.
- Apply an even thin coat of shellac-based primer. Brush on the paint in vertical strokes on each individual tile. Be careful of the edges to avoid getting paint on the grout. Allow them to dry very well before sanding gently. Remove the sanding residue and apply a second coat of primer. Primer is a very important step in painting bathroom tiles. It keeps the paint from peeling off the tile due to the large amount of moisture in this room.
- Use an oil-based gloss paint. This should give you a durable and washable finish which works well in a damp atmosphere. Brush on each individual tile with vertical strokes. Allow it to dry the required amount of time as instructed, and apply a second coat for a smoother looking finish.
- If you want to paint the grout a different color, try using an artist’s brush.
- Avoid cleaning your freshly painted bathroom tiles with abrasive cleaning products.
- Use painter’s tape to tape off surrounding areas to give your paint job crisp lines.