Tile painting : what type of tile can be painted ?

Innovations and developments in the field of building and decoration will always amaze us. Who would have thought, a few years ago, that it would be possible to repaint tiles. If you are tempted by the idea, here is a small guide which enlightens you on this subject.

Tiles to be painted

Gone are the days when you had to redo your entire floor to be able to change that old dull tile that marred the decor of our kitchen. From now on, it is quite possible to paint this floor covering. We say thank you to innovation.

It is also possible to repaint all types of tiles, regardless of the format. Even dark coatings are perfectly recoatable thanks to opacifying paints. However, be aware that it is sandstone and earthenware that offer the best results. Sandstone remains highly prized for its formidable ability to imitate marble or natural stone. It resists abrasion, wear and trampling. Likewise, its porosity is low. Earthenware, on the other hand, is mainly reserved for wall decoration since it is relatively fragile.

What type of paint to choose for painting tiles?

Quality tile paint has a number of properties. It must be able to not yield under the effect of humidity and stains. It must also offer maximum adhesion to the support to prevent it from flaking. It should not make the surface too smooth. This criterion is very important to avoid any risk of falling in the kitchen or bathroom where the floor is already frequently very slippery.

The ideal is to choose a paint that is washable and easy to maintain. At the level of the product in question, two choices are available to you. On the one hand, there is the resin which arises in two layers: a layer of acrylic paint and another of protective resin. On the other hand, we find the paint for tiling which does not require the application of an undercoat. It is applied directly to the support.

Tips for successfully painting your tiles!

The first step is to clean the support. The latter must be both clean, healthy and also dry. Feel free to use detergent to remove any dirt, grease or limescale that has accumulated. It is preferable to sand the support directly to obtain a smooth surface facilitating the adhesion of the paint.

Once done, move on to applying the undercoat. This optimizes paint adhesion and reduces the volume of paint to be used. Indeed, the undercoat prevents the support from excessively absorbing the paint and is therefore economical.

Finally, move on to the application of the paint itself. You can use a brush if the surface is relatively small. On the other hand, prefer the roller for larger surfaces. The type of support determines the roller you should use (foam for resin, foam for wall and cupboard and many other models).

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