Bathroom Tile

Old 09-22-08, 10:15 AM
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Bathroom Tile

It has been suggested that, instead of trying to replace the ugly tile in the bathroom in my rented place, I paint it. I have never done this and have no idea where to start or how to finish. Can you help me?
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You cannot paint tile well, especially in a bathroom. It is virtually impossible to get any paint to adhere properly to such a smooth, non-porous surface in the presence of so much moisture.

It's been tried before, and I don't remember a single report of success on this board.

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I agree, there are some tile paints available but less than perfect prep = failure but even then I doubt the coatng would have a long life.

just curious - are you renting [as in tenant] or are you the landlord?
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I respectfully disagree with the previous posts! I have had great success painting old bathroom tile with Tile-Doc. success comes from proper prep-work and cleaning. I applied it with a purdy ox-o-thin brush and it looks absolutely great and has lasted for several years so far with no problems.

it is a two-part epoxy that will smell for a few days, but has worked great for me!
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'Gripper' primer and kitchen and bath paint in any color you want.

It's not that difficult and lasts beautifully. My brother did it in a well used bathroom because they are going to remodel that once the rest of the remodel starts to be paid off. He did floors and shower tiles and hasn't had one issue with it. All he did was clean really well, especially in the corners, used the Gripper and then the paint. It's looks phenomenal, I'm doing my rental unit this or next weekend, already bought the supplies.

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