Painting tiles

I'm doing some styling on a hotel in Crete and want to paint their tiles...they're very dated and want to paint them white. Can you please tell me if tile paint will survive the heat on the balconies (got to mid 40's there this year!) and if it is tough enough to take the inevitable movement of moving chairs and tables....will it crack?
Many thanks
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  • Sus2624590 Sus2624590 on Oct 18, 2015
    I don't think it would work. On that kind of thing.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 18, 2015
    There are alot of ways to paint outdoor ceramic tile, However it requires alot of preparation.Too much to type,my suggestion for all the necessary steps is to research the various websites.
  • Sandra Hellewell Sandra Hellewell on Oct 18, 2015
    I think it could be done with a good quality exterior high adhesion primer and concrete or garage/basement floor paint.
  • Karen Haigh Karen Haigh on Oct 19, 2015
    Many thanks for your do you think Primer then tile paint, then varnish, maybe 2 coats?
  • Karen Haigh Karen Haigh on Oct 20, 2015
    I would like to paint ceramic floor tiles with a garage paint but want it smooth....can you please advise what preparation I need to do? The floor will have heavy furniture moving around on it so don't want to risk it cracking and chipping. Many thanks!
  • Sandra Hellewell Sandra Hellewell on Oct 22, 2015
    Karen, I'm not sure about the varnish on top of the garage floor paint! It's made to withstand extreme temperatures and water so I'm thinking that if you put give the floor a good wash and rinse and allow to dry. And then put a coat or 2 of high adhesion primer and then 2 coats of good quality garage floor paint and allow it to dry so that it cures (it should tell you how long on the paint label) it should withstand moving furniture etc. If you wanted to put a top coat on, I would use a couple of coats of polyurethane as varnish will yellow the floor color. I hope this helps and good luck with your painted tile floor, Karen!
    • Johnchip Johnchip on Oct 26, 2015
      @Sandra Hellewell This is ceramic tile, not garage concrete, very different.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Oct 26, 2015
    I have done this. You will not be happy with any paint job particularly if it is a ceramic, it is going to chip and peel within months. Ceramic cannot be 'roughed up prepped and primed. No matter what you top coat it with, it is going to chip and peel. It is not that expensive to replace if you shop for a simple good cheap tile and labor (which this is pretty elementary level work), then you will have a no worry beauty of a floor. (You can always add a few 'special interest' tiles or patterns to make it look expensive). Get off your wallet and do it right!
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