How to Paint Over Ceramic Tile in a Bathroom
By: Danny Lipford
Can I paint over the ceramic tile in my bathroom? And if so, how do I go about it? -Marilyn
You can paint over ceramic tile walls in a bathroom, but you will lose some of the interesting characteristics of tile since the grout lines will be the same color as the tile. Also, you will have better luck if you avoid painting tile which receives a lot of water or wear, such as:
- Tile floor
- Tile tub or shower surround
- Tile vanity countertop
There are two important components to painting ceramic tile—preparing the surface properly and using the right type of paint. Here’s how to go about painting tile.
As with most painting jobs, preparation is the key to success. To prepare tile for painting:
- Remove Dust: Wipe down the surface with a damp cloth to remove any dust and allow to dry before painting.
There are two painting options for tile:
- Epoxy Paint: Apply two coats of a two-part epoxy paint that’s made for tile and other hard to paint surfaces, such as Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile. Follow the directions carefully, and allow the recommended drying time before using. The colors available for epoxy paint may be limited.
Good luck with your project,
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