How to paint tiled walls or floors the right way?

Painting a tiled wall or floor is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to change the look of a kitchen or bathroom in the flick of an eye! Tile paints provide a clean, crisp look, with a nice range of colours available. Here is everything you need to know about painting tiled walls.

What type of tiles can be repainted?

All tiles, without exception, can be repainted. Thanks to the opacifying paints, even dark tiles are not a problem anymore. However, a second coat is often necessary, but the result is convincing. But, the most important thing is to adapt your material to the tiles you want to cover.

Which paint for which tile?

Before choosing a tile paint, first, ask yourself on which surface you want to use it. Indeed, a tiled floor will require a polyurethane paint. This paint is resistant to shocks, scratches and stains. You can use it in any room, including damp rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms as polyurethane paint is waterproof. To paint a tiled wale, prefer a V33 paint which is available in a wide range of colours. Finally, coloured epoxy paint is very covering. It is particularly aesthetic and very resistant and can be used to paint all tiled walls and without undercoat.

How to apply the paint?

See Hamilton’s our method make sure you are painting tiled walls and floors correctly.

  • Start by washing your tiles with black soap to make sure to remove all traces of grease, soap and limestone. Then to make sure to have a workable and clean surface, use a cloth soaked in methylated spirits to remove all remaining traces and insist well on the joints.
  • If necessary, remove the silicone gaskets, the paint does not adhere to them.
  • Proceed in applying masking tape to protect switches and baseboards and ensure clean and efficient work.
  • Begin with the undercoat if you have not chosen an all-in-one paint.
  • Mix the paint until you get a homogeneous texture.
  • Start by painting the borders before starting to paint all the tiles.

Tips and tricks for painting tiles

Don't hesitate to be generous with the amount of paint you use, it helps to soften it and gives a better finish. If your biggest fear is about the paint's resistance, opt for resin. Extremely reliable, it will last over time.

Note that it is strongly recommended not to use matte paint in a damp room, around a shower or sink for example. 

If you wish to keep your joints visible, don't spare any effort on the finishes. Using a precision paintbrush, for example, you can revive the shine of your joints in no time at all. Tip: always remember to apply the paint from the corner opposite the door.

For perfect hold, the tile paint should be applied in at least 2 coats. It will be necessary to work with great care. Apply evenly (on the floor tiles and its joints) in one piece. Avoid lumps and grains of dust, as it will be impossible to sand afterwards.

Observe the drying times carefully, as this is acrylic paint. The first coat of paint requires between 12 and 24 hours to dry. For the second coat, the user will have to wait another 24 hours to walk on it and 72 hours to finally be able to install any furniture.

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