Painting Bathroom Tile

Painting Bathroom TileYou can buy all the finest accessories to create the perfect look for your bathroom, but if the wall tiles are faded or the grout is dingy looking, it will bring that perfect bathroom right down in a heartbeat. Over the years, tile of any type will fade and sometimes crack; and face it – there is just no getting past the grayish look of aging grout. Sometimes pieces of grout even begin to crumble and work loose leaving gaps in the grout. These grout issues are caused since there is the ever-present moist atmosphere from steaming hot showers, thus, the inevitable moisture or condensation that follows. If the bathroom tiles are in relatively good condition with no discernible cracks, why rip out the entire tiled area, when you can simply paint over the tiles, giving them an almost-new look? It is quite a formidable task to chisel out each tile and its accompanying grout plus level out the wall after chipping away where the tiles were adhered to the wall for years, maybe even decades. An easier way to give your bathroom a face lift, is just to pick a complementary paint color to your existing wall colors, floor tile and accessories and take it from there. Of course, the easiest way of all is to hire a contractor experienced in residential painting in San Marino. He or she will make short work of that renovation effort. Here’s how you can go from plain to pizzazz in your bathroom in record time.

Spare yourself

Since the bathroom is the smallest room in the house, any remodeling efforts are usually cheaper simply due to the size of this rather diminutive room. If you want to transform your bathroom, painting over old and faded ceramic tiles will be like creating a brand-new bathroom, provided you do the correct preparation, recommended application and then stand back and admire a bathroom which looks as good as new. If you opt to do the job yourself, there are some steps to follow and recommended product use and application to getting to that bathroom nirvana you covet.

  • For bathrooms with high humidity levels – there are two-part epoxy paints available to use on wall tiles. Be sure to use reputable products on the market that allow for a long-lasting and extremely durable finish on tiles.

  • Refresh that high-glaze finish right back to its former glory by using a Rust-Oleum Specialty Tub & Tile Refreshing Kit. After this finish dries, it will look like porcelain and ceramic. This specialty epoxy paint product is recommended for tiles that have a high glaze finish, and where oil-based paints will not properly bind to the surface of the tile. There are a limited range of colors, but the palette available will work with most existing bathroom colors.

  • Rejuvenate matte tiles and make them look new again by using an oil-based paint, or a non-drip enamel. By utilizing an oil-based enamel paint, there are many colors available, but try to keep to a neutral-type palette. Consider using an oil-based gloss paint to make the tiles look shinier, and also as a plus for damp atmospheres, on matte tiles for a durable and washable finish.

Preparation is essential

For a professional-looking job it is important to perform the necessary and proper preparation before tackling those tiles.

  • Repair any grout at least two weeks before the paint will be applied.

  • Scrub the tiles down first as this would be the most-logical way to get off any dust and debris before using any applications. Give them a thorough scrubbing using a quality cleaning product. Pay special attention to any areas containing mold or mildew and scrub those areas harder or scrub them twice to remove as much of that grunge as possible, then rinse them with a mild solution of household bleach and warm water. Using a toothbrush will help you to get into all the cracks and crevices. Do note, however, if the grout needs to be repaired this should be done at least a week in advance to allow the new grout to dry.

Painting is the next step

First, use a medium-sized paintbrush to apply paint to the grouted areas first. This allows you to hone in on those areas only. Consider using painters tape or a thin automotive tape around the grouted areas to keep the paint from accidentally landing in unintended areas. It is important that all tiles be thoroughly dry before painting them. It is also best to tackle this project during the Spring or early Summer months, when the weather is not too hot and there is no chance of rain. This will allow the painted surface to cure as quickly as possible. For improved paint adhesion, lightly sand the tile surface with 120-grit sandpaper. After sanding, wipe lightly to remove traces of dust before you begin painting. With your brush, paint from side to side and top to bottom to ensure even coverage over each tile and for the entire wall. If one coat of paint did not adequately cover the tiles, you might need to do a second coat of paint, but do allow a long period of time between coats to allow adequate drying time. To extend the life of the painted finish you should avoid using abrasive cleaning products.

Voila! You’re done, and, whether you used a professional contractor or did it yourself, though it was quite a daunting task, you omitted the arduous re-tiling job and saved yourself quite a bit of money in the process.