Tiles are typically not meant to be painted.
Nevertheless, painting the tiles is possible and often done when you need a change in color, design, or re-finish aging tiles.
To repaint floor tiles or wall tiles, there are several types of very effective products: resin, plaster, classic paint with an undercoat, or special tile paint to apply directly.
But while at it, here are five mistakes to avoid when repainting tiles in Sherwood, Oregon.
The preparation of the surface sometimes requires a lot of effort: it is necessary to scrape the cracked parts and fill the holes, glue the pieces of tiling that move, treat molds, remove all traces of dirt, clean the joints.
The temptation would be to save time by hiding all the defects under the tile paint, but a paint applied to a greasy or flaking surface does not last long.
The undercoat (or bonding primer) hardens the surface to give the paint a better grip.
In damp rooms, a special undercoat purifies the ambient air by fighting mold and the effects of condensation.
On the aesthetic side, it promotes a smooth and homogeneous finish. Also, its covering power makes it possible to switch to a shade lighter than the color of the original tiling. The application of this undercoat makes it possible to choose any type of paint (acrylic or glycerol) to cover the tiling.
Resins, coatings, and special tile paints are applied directly to the surface, but these finishes are not recommended for porous materials such as terracotta or slate.
Mistake # 3: Choosing an Unsuitable Tile Paint
The quality of the paint guarantees the longevity of the new coating.
– Painting wall tiles or painting floor tiles?
For the floor, a very resistant paint is needed, especially in rooms with high traffic such as the dining room. – “Wet” rooms (kitchen, bathroom, laundry): these rooms require a washable and waterproof paint.
Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. For example, special standard tile paints do not apply to the floor or horizontal worktops or near heat sources (stoves, radiators).
Mistake # 4: Neglecting The Drying Times of the Tile Paint
Observing the intermediate drying times between all stages (24 hours in general) allows the paint to adhere well and develop its protective qualities.
Once the work is done, avoid grease splashes for three days, wait as much to put the furniture back in place.
A tiled floor paint (acrylic) requires a week for perfect adhesion. Block the kitchen or prohibit access to the shower; this site requires good organization.
Mistake # 5: Trying to Replicate the Same Color as the Original Tiling
Tile painting offers many advantages, but it necessarily changes the decor: the color and finish will be different, the mark of the joints will be hidden under the paint (unless you choose to repaint them with a special paint).
As long as you change the decor, it’s time to test some new ideas, such as decorative stickers or self-adhesive tiles, to play with the colors (the two can be removed with a hairdryer when you get tired of them).
Consult an Expert Painter
If you’re planning for interior repainting in Beaverton, Oregon, our team at Maller Painting Company can help.
We have years of interior painting experience serving the areas of Beaverton, Sherwood, and Tigard, Oregon.
Our team can help you choose the best type of paint as well and paint colors at no extra cost.
To give us a try, book a FREE estimate below or call us on (503) 410-6366 if you have any questions.
Kevin began painting houses with his father’s company, C&K Painting, in 1996. His father taught him how to use a brush, roller, and caulk and clean a brush properly. He then worked for several other paint companies, where he learned how to spray oils, lacquers, and all water-based finishes. In 2012, after 15 years of experience, he decided to get licensed and start the Maller Painting Company. His team has focused on providing the best re-painting services to our residential clients in the Beaverton area.