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Painting Over Ceramic Tile

Ceramic is one of the hardest to paint surfaces known to man. The surface is simply too slippery for the paint to adhere to the slick, shiny surface of tile properly. You can paint your tile and create a durable surface with a little bit of extra preparation that is much more visually appealing than the outdated look you may currently have.


Ceramic tile still has to be properly prepped regardless of what type of paint you use in order to take the paint. First, repair any chips or other imperfections on the surface of the tile. Then clean the tile vigorously with a commercial tile cleaner using a clean, wet cloth to remove any residue, debris, or dust to avoid interfere with your paint job. Use a cleaner that is mildly abrasive to not only remove all of the buildups from the tile but also to break down the shiny surface. Then use a sandpaper to sand the tile to take the slippery shine off.

These steps may take some time but it is important that you do not rush through it. The time depends on how many tiles need repair and how easily the gloss sands down.

Alkyd Paint

You can find this paint easily in your local hardware store. This will only stick once you have sanded off that high gloss finish ceramic tiles have, just like all other types of paint that could work. Use a damp cloth between coats of alkyd paint and also allow the coats to properly stick.

Oil-based Paint

Even though oil-based paint repels so many other types of paint but it sticks wonderfully to ceramic tile. If you require a paint that is hard-wearing then latex-based paint is not the answer when painting ceramic tile. Latex-based paint will chip with the slightest impact because it dries with a raised and soft effect.

You can easily apply multiple coats using oil-based paint, just give the paint some time to dry between coats so you do not compromise the finished product.

There are only two types of paint that can stand the incredible resilience of the ceramic tiles’ slippery shine. Oil-based paint is the best choice for tiles that get wet, such as those in bathrooms or in kitchens while alkyd paint is better for dry tiles.


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