Painting existing ceramic tiles?

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Old 11-12-15, 06:14 PM
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Painting existing ceramic tiles?

Have been trying to figure out how to upgrade my 70s bathroom. It has a blue tub and blue ceramic tiles that wrap around the entire room. One thought was to have a company paint (or repaint) tiles and tub. I think I saw this done on a TV show. Does anyone have experience with this technique. Any thoughts, suggestions, warnings, or recommendations? Thanks.
 
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Old 11-12-15, 06:22 PM
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It is a cheap and easy way to bring new life into those old 70's style tiles. They can be painted but it must be done with the right products and prep work. Here is a link to the manufactuer of the product I would recommend with details on the process.

http://www.zinsseruk.com/how-to-guid...ceramic-tiles/
 
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Proper prep is key!!

IMO it isn't a good diy project. Be sure to check the references of anyone you hire. Locally there is a company that laser maps the tile/tub and then comes back with a vinyl [?] insert/covering. I don't know anything about it other than their TV advertising but that might be another option.
 
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It is called, Reglazing your tub and tile and there are companies that do this professionally. You want to verify that the following steps are adhered to.

-Tub must be completely cleaned of any and all soap scum or you will have adhesion issues
-Tile must be deglossed or acid etched to remove the glossy shine to promote a good bond
-Primer coat should be sprayed on
-Final coat of factory finish to be applied

This will be cheaper than replacing everything. The result should hold up well as those steps duplicate the factory finish, only difference is that the product cant be baked on like at the factory. It is my understanding that if you have large dogs that you regularly bath in the tub, their nails can scratch the surface. Just some questions to ask your installer.
 
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Excellent. Thanks.
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Old 11-13-15, 08:06 AM
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Yes. Have thought of that too. Bathfitters.
Will get price but expect it to be high.
 

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My reglazer does a good bit of business fixing tubs that have been previously upfitted by those over the tub retro people. Not stating any names that may already been mentioned, but they are not without issues. You end up with a hollow between the original tub and the retro fit tub that fills with water, molds and other issues. Just a heads up......
 
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