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Painting Ceramic Tile Walls

By: Danny Lipford

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.


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  • Eleanor ParraBacon Says:
    February 14th, 2018 at 8:37 am

    After I paint my ceramic tile in my bathroom. Is there a sealant to use to help hold the paint better?

  • Tracey Says:
    December 23rd, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    I’m painting tile in a wet bar area and on only 4 tiles the paint “disappeared/separated” as if there was oil or heat behind them.
    I put another coat on hoping the second coat will stick/dry. Any ideas why this happened?

  • Greta Moulijn Says:
    August 18th, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Can I paint the black stone (or pressed paper I’m not sure what the top of my coffeetable is. I ruined it with trying to get stains out from drinks with baking soda and vinegar. I have Now big bleached out spots on the black top.
    Would appreciate an advice from you . Sincerely Greta Moulijn

  • Christopher Says:
    June 27th, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Loose the grout effect….why can’t you use a grout pen to redo the grout lines…its that simple!

  • Mae johnson Says:
    June 3rd, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I have the same need of painting ceramic tile around tub and would like to know exactly what kind of paint to use

  • Michelle Says:
    May 7th, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Will i be able to paint the tiles where the shower is thanks

  • Carlene Blue Says:
    August 13th, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I went to Lowe’s and Menard’s last night to get epoxy paint to paint over my ceramic tiles and they acted like I was crazy. The only epoxy paint they had was for concrete garage floors and they said that would not work on the tiles. What exactly am I looking for in the paint to know I have the right stuff???

    Thank you.

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