Refinishing Tile in 8 Steps Refinishing Tile in 8 Steps

What You'll Need
Tile surface refinishing kit
Acrylic or synthetic porcelain glaze
Manual sander
100 and 150 grit sandpaper
Eye goggles
Face mask
Long-bristle soft brush
Soft cloth, dampened
Adhesive agent
Fine-bristled narrow paintbrush
Spray applicator for primer and paint
Spray applicator for glaze
Painter's tape
Newspaper or plastic drop sheet

Over time, tiles in your home can wear, chip and crack, so refinishing tile becomes something you want to consider. Follow these 8 steps below to refinish tile around your tub, sink backsplash or anywhere else in your home.

Step 1: Determine the Cause of Tile Damage

Make sure the tile damage was not caused by a water leak or other condition under the tiled wall surface. Once you have found out the cause, proceed with the refinishing process.

Step 2: Clean the Tile Thoroughly

Clean the tile you will refinish with the cleaner provided in the tile refinishing kit. It is usually in 2 containers. The first one is an abrasive that scours off dirt, mold and other debris, while the second is a cleansing rinse to remove the dirt and cleaner.

Step 3: Sand the Tiles to Prepare for Refinishing

Use first a medium 100-grit sandpaper to remove irregularities, chips and rough edges of the tile. Exert sufficient pressure with the sander to clear off the surface. Avoid excessive pressure as you could damage the tile further. Brush off the dust with a long-bristled soft brush, then attach a fine-grit #150 sandpaper to your sander and polish the tile surfaces and edges. Wipe over the sanded area with a soft damp cloth to remove dust and tile fragments.

Step 4: Cover Tiles and Surfaces Beyond Work Area

Tape drop sheets of newspaper or plastic over all tiles and surfaces outside the work area, including tubs, sinks and chrome/metal fixtures. This protects these surfaces from the refinishing compounds, should they splash.

Step 5: Apply the Adhesive Agent

Use a narrow paintbrush with fine bristles to apply the adhesive agent over the tile. This agent helps the primer, paint and finishing glaze adhere to the tiles and improve water resistance. Allow the adhesive agent to dry completely.

Step 6: Put on Primer

Using the spray applicator, put on 2 coats of primer over the tiles and grout you have coated with the adhesive agent. Rinse out the spray applicator with warm water and let it dry thoroughly.

Step 7: Apply Paint

Fill the spray applicator with paint and spray it carefully on just the tile areas that need repainting and refinishing. Try not to spray the tile grout with it. Allow this paint finish to dry for 4 to 6 hours.

Step 8: Finish with Glaze

Use the other spray applicator to apply the finishing glaze. Put on 1 coat and allow it to dry until it is tacky, then spray on the second coat. If the surface is not as reflective as you would like, let the second coat of glaze dry, then apply a third coat. Wait 30 minutes between coats of glaze. It is recommended that you spray all the grout between your tiles with this glaze as it will improve the grout's water resistance.


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