How to Paint over Bathroom Tiles

What You'll Need
Oil primer for bathroom or kitchen
High quality latex paint
Sandpaper- 150 grit or higher
Non-abrasive scrubbing brush
Artists paint brush
Paint brush for latex paint
Clean rags
Paint roller
Painters tape
Drop cloths

Painting Bathroom Tiles can add a few more years of life onto an old bathroom. It can also save you a lot of money, if done correctly. The important thing to remember is that the longevity of your painted bathroom tile correlates to how much effort you put into the preparation. For this job, preparation is as important as the actual painting.

Step 1 - Clean the Tile

Create a bleach solution that is 1 part bleach and 9 parts water. With your non-abrasive scrubbing brush, thoroughly clean the tile. Be sure to remove loose pieces of grout. This is the most important step of the whole process. If the tile is dirty or the grout has mold on it, the paint will not adhere to the walls for very long. Wait 48 hours for the tile to dry.

Step 2 - Sand the Tile

Throw down some drop cloths to protect the floor from being scratched by debris. Take your sand paper that is at least 150 grit and gently sand all of the tile that is to be painted. The purpose of this is to provide a surface that the paint will adhere to. Go over the area with a clean rag to remove any dust that is produced.

Step 3 - Prep the Tile

Once all the dust and debris has been removed from your bathroom, tape off all the surrounding surfaces that will not be painted. The drop cloths that covered the floor for Step 1 need to be shaken out away from the bathroom. You want to take care to cover the  floors because if the floors are tile and you get a drip of paint on them, it is very difficult to remove wet paint from grout without damaging it.

Step 4 - Prime the Tile

Take a high quality oil primer that is designed for kitchen or bath and paint an even coat over the tile. Let it dry for the required time and then sand the tile again. Clean the tile with a damp rag to remove all of the dust. Use a vacuum to remove any dust that has accumulated on the worksite. You don’t any debris to end up on the finished surface.

Step 5 - Paint the Tile

Use a high quality kitchen and bath latex product for the final coat. High gloss paints are easier to clean. Do not paint a matte finish in your bathroom because it will not endure the wear and tear that bathroom walls endure. Depending on what color you decide on, you may need to apply two coats to cover the primer. As always, cut in the corners with your brush and then paint using the roller. Use the roller as much as possible to keep the amount of brush strokes to a minimum.

Step 6 - Care for the Tile

Use gentle cleaners when you need to clean the painted surface. All natural products are a good place to start. More abrasive cleaning products will take the paint off the tile.