How to Paint Over Chipped Patio Tiles

What You'll Need
Patio tiles
Paint roller
Scrub brush
Grout brush
Acrylic paint
Tracing paper
Transfer paper
Oxygen bleach
Water-based paint

You can easily paint your patio tiles, be it to give them a more attractive appearance or else as a repairing process. When handling a repairing job, make sure to paint the chipped tiles properly. In the process, you can also decide to change the overall design and handle a simpler or a more elaborate pattern.

Step 1 – Cleaning the Tiles

Before you start the painting job, sweep your patio tiles well with a broom to remove any loose dust. Read the instructions on your pack of oxygen bleach and dilute some of it with water. Use the dilution to clean the dirt off from the surface of your chipped patio tiles.

Leave the tiles for about 10 minutes, then use a scrub brush and a grout brush to remove the dirt. Make sure that you let the patio tile area dry for a minimum of 2 days before moving on to the next step.

Step 2 – Applying the Sealer

Remember that you must cover the chipped tiles completely with sealer and paint. Leave no uncovered areas so that the outdoor humidity will not damage the paint. Mix the sealer and cover the tiles with it. Check each tile to see that you applied the sealer to the entire area.

Make sure that the sealer has dried completely before applying the base coat on your tiles. You are highly recommended to apply two coats, therefore you must let the first coat dry completely before you apply the second coat. Remember that the color of the base coat must match the color of the paint that you are going to use to paint your patio tiles.

Step 3 – Painting the Tiles

If you wish to decorate your patio tiles with a design, you need to first trace it on a piece of tracing paper and tape it on your tile. Lay a piece of transfer paper beneath the tracing paper and copy the design by using a pencil.

You can start painting the tiles according to the design. Start with the background of the design and carry on with the rest. Keep in mind that if you have elaborate designs, you will take more time to finish and you will also need more paint.

To paint chipped patio tiles, it is much better if you use acrylic paint or water-based paint with urethane resin. Check the acrylic paint to see that it is not hazardous for your health. The water-based paint does not cause any health risks and the paint will not peel off. Protect the paint against dust with a tarp, and leave it for about 3 days until the paint has dried completely.

Step 4 – Applying the Varnish

Just as you did with the sealer, you need to mix the varnish well before applying it onto the patio tile surface. Keep in mind that the varnish will help protect the patio tiles from moisture. Leave each coat of varnish to dry completely and then apply the next coat.

When the job is finished you will be pleased to notice that such a project will help disguise and repair any chipped tiles and re-establish a uniform look to your patio tiles.