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Best way to paint over bathroom wall tiles

What it the best way to paint over bathroom wall tiles with the least amount of effort & no epoxy paint?
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Posted 2018-08-13T17:12:03+0000  by MarsiesMom MarsiesMom

Hey MarsiesMom,

Thanks for your question and welcome to the community.

There's a difference between the least amount and what is the bare minimum required to not only cover your bathroom wall tiles, but doing it where it will last and not cause you to remove it later. 

The first thing you'll need to do is to thoroughly clean the wall tiles with a degreaser/cleaner or TSP (Trisodium Phosphate). Failure to have a clean surface will lead to whatever paint or coating to properly adhere to the surface. 

After the tiles and area are clean, you can next use an oil-based primer to ensure the top coat can and will hold up throughout its lifespan. Primer is a step that should never be overlooked for any painting job, especially over tiles. 

Below is an example of an oil-based primer I recommend by Zinsser. While there are other versions available at your local Home Depot, this is one of the easiest and affordable primers that works great for covering the tiles so that the top coat won't experience peeling or flaking. 

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Make sure that when the primer is applied (by roller or brush), that you have adequate ventilation. It dries within an hour, and you can now use a high quality high gloss sheen paint as a topcoat.

You can choose from water or oil-based, but the better quality, the longer the paint will last and not create issues further down the road. As with any painting job, be sure you have masked off where you wish to paint/prime, and have proper brushes and rollers so as to give it a professional appearance. 

Cheap brushes/rollers can leave unsightly marks when using high gloss paints, as a case in point. 

For any additional questions, please let us know and we will be more than happy to assist. 


Posted 2018-08-13T18:56:30+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
 If any of your tile is in the shower/bath area, I would not use anything short of an epoxy that is designed for such a harsh environment. Latex or even oil will not hold up to hot water and steam.

If you want to proceed, my primer of choice is BIN white pigmented shellac. Nothing is a better bonding agent/primer over slick glass, mirrors or porcelain tile. Glazed tile is virtually glass coated. 

Be advised that, because you are painting over the grout lines, the finished product will be obviously painted in appearance, regardless of how well the paint levels out.
Posted 2018-08-14T04:03:02+0000  by ordjen
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