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Painting Ceramic Tile Walls


If done properly you can paint over ceramic tile walls, but it might not provide the desired effect. Watch this video to find out more about painting over ceramic tile walls in a bathroom. ...More




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Painting Ceramic Tile Walls

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Rolling paint on a ceramic tile wall.

While you can paint over ceramic tile walls, don’t paint a ceramic tile floor, as it won’t hold up.

To paint over ceramic tile walls:

  1. Sand the surface of the tile with 100-grit sandpaper.
  2. Wipe the tile down to clean it and remove any sanding dust.
  3. Paint over the tile with a bonding primer.
  4. After the primer has dried, paint the walls with epoxy paint.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Danny Lipford: Julie asks, “Is it possible to paint the ceramic tile walls in my bathroom?”

Yes, you can successfully paint ceramic tile walls in your bathroom, but I wouldn’t recommend trying to paint the floor. It just won’t hold up.

And you can really update the look of a bathroom, especially if you have some of the old color tiles like pink or avocado, but in this case, the blue tiles here work pretty well. In this bathroom the homeowner’s done a very good job.

But if you decide to paint, here are the steps you need to go through. First of all, use 100-grit sandpaper, and sand the surface of the tiles throughout the bathroom. Then wipe it down to thoroughly clean it.

Follow that with a bonding primer. Paint that over the entire surface. Then apply a coat of epoxy paint, and you’ll see a dramatic difference in your bathroom.

But one thing that’ll be a little different is that, you know, one of the nice things about ceramic is that the grout really accents the look of that tile. Once you paint it, you’ll lose that effect.