How to Repair Peeling Tile Countertop Paint

What You'll Need
Suitable paints
Steel Wool
Soft cleaning sponge

If you have added some countertop paint  to your tile, you may be disappointed when it starts to peel. There are a number of reasons why the paint may peel once it has completely dried out, and it may also begin to peel if it gets damaged. For whatever cause, once your countertop paint starts to peel, it can quickly make your kitchen look old and worn down. In order to repair the peeling tile countertop paint, you will have to remove all of the old paint, and start again with something new. Once you have taken off all of the old paint, you can then add a new paint surface to your countertop.

Step 1 - Removing the Old Paint

Take off the old paint as efficiently as you can, using a steel wool scrubber or similar products, and also using an abrasive cleaning powder. This will help to remove all of the old countertop paint. You may find that you have to scrub particularly hard to get some of the old paint off, but if you apply the new paint before all of this is removed, then you will be facing a similar task in a few months. The surface of the countertop needs to be sparkling clean before you can do anything else to it. Once you have removed all of the old paint, give the surface a wipe down with a soft sponge. The countertop must be completely free of grease, dirt, any oils, and dust before you can start applying the paint. If you are painting the grout, this will need at least 2 days of drying time between cleaning the surface and repainting.

Step 2 - Use a Suitable Paint

One reason why many paints start to peel easily is that the paint is not suitable for use on countertop tiles. Some oil-based paints can be good, but others can remove the laminate from the tile, causing damage. It is also rather difficult to get suitable oil paints due to environmental laws. Instead, use a water-based urethane paint, which will stick to the surface. Apply in regular, even strokes which will allow you to cover the tiles without causing a build-up of paint in one area. Leave the paint until it is completely dry, and then repeat the process to give a second layer of paint to your countertop.

Step 3 - After Care

Once the paint is in position, you will need to care for it. Do this by using a varnish which will keep off the worst of the water. Don't allow any pools of water to linger on the surface of the countertop, as this will cause the paint to come away from the tile, and any friction afterwards will remove it. You should also clean the surface gently only using a cloth or a sponge. Never scrape the surface of the tile, and never use a harsh cleaner such as bleach on the surface, as both will damage the countertop paint.