Can painting over ceramic tiles ever be successful?

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HOW MANY times do you look at the kitchen or bathroom tiles in your home and think …. I hate you?
Tiling lasts forever, but styles and colours quickly go out of fashion leaving important rooms in your house or apartment looking hideously outdated.
Re-tiling can be expensive for those on a budget, so a cheaper option is painting over the tile work to give a fresher, more modern image.

There are two important components to painting ceramic tiling, these are, 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:

• Clean Tile: Clean the tile to remove any dirt, mildew, or soap scum using an abrasive bathroom cleaner. After cleaning, wipe the surface down with a clean, wet sponge to remove any residue,        then allow the surface to dry thoroughly.
• Sand Tile: Lightly sand the tile with fine (180-220 grit) synthetic grit sandpaper, such as silicon carbide or aluminium oxide, to take the gloss off the glazed surface. An orbital sander will do a faster and better job than hand sanding.
• Remove Dust: Wipe down the surface with a damp cloth to remove any dust and allow to dry before painting.
Painting
There are two painting options for tiles:
1. Latex Paint: Apply one to two coats of a bonding primer that’s made to adhere to surfaces such as tile. Allow the primer to dry for the recommended time, then follow with two topcoats of acrylic latex wall paint.
2. 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 colours available for epoxy paint may be limited.

Follow these instructions carefully and you will transform your home without the mess, noise and cost of re-tiling.

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