Painting tile: how best to paint ceramic tile?

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  • Where is the tile? You want paint made to adhere to glossy surfaces. I used spray paint to make glossy tiles into coasters but if you are redoing an entire bathroom, you probably need something different.

  • Jayne Jayne on Apr 20, 2017
    Yes, you can paint it. There are paints just for that and epoxy paint will do too. Thing is, it always looks painted mostly because the grout line and the surface is now the same. Do you want to paint it because it is color you don't like? Tell us why you want to paint it and where it is in the house and mabe we can come up with another solution.

    • Frank Deanna Dean Frank Deanna Dean on Apr 20, 2017
      The tile is in the kitchen. Painting seems more economical than removing the tile and reflooring. The tile color is dark burgundy. We've never liked the color.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 20, 2017
    All tile is paintable,however the paint will be different depending on where you want to paint.Kitchen,Hallway,Bathroom???

    • Frank Deanna Dean Frank Deanna Dean on Apr 20, 2017
      The tile is in the kitchen. Painting seems more economical than removing the tile and reflooring. The tile color is dark burgundy. We've never liked the color.

  • Juli Capo Juli Capo on Apr 20, 2017
    I just did my bathroom floor tile last week. It was stained and old, I think it was probably from the 80's when the home was built. We just bought the home a year ago. First, I cleaned the floor 3 times. I painted in the grout lines with a paint brush then rolled on paint made for concrete. It is very important to use a roller so the brush strokes do not show. I did 3 coats, letting it dry for 24 hours between coats, no window so I used a large box fan and the exhaust fan to speed up the drying. I then painted on a design. When that was dry, I painted it with Rustoleum Matte Polyurethane Triple thick. I used 3 coats of this too. Drying well between coats, I went with 24 hours in between coats since it is not our only bathroom and I was able to "shut it down" for a while. So far so good, but it has only been a few days. However it has gotten wet and I wiped it right up about 10 minutes later without a mark remaining. As far as the grout lines, I have heard that people paint those with a paint pen or free hand prior to the Poly coat. I didn't paint the grout lines as my hands shake too much. I will post a picture once I finish painting the walls and other touch-ups, the bathroom is still shut down. Should be done by Saturday. I don't think it would hold up to dogs and their nails or kids riding toys, etc. But for a bathroom for 2 adults it is a temporary fix until I save money to have it re-tiled.