By Kim R.
I spoke to a professional painter about this before I did it years ago. He sent me to my local paint center and they agreed with what he told me. I had to treat the tile first with an acid type of cleaner and then paint it. I had great luck with it and the paint held very well. Just get help from a pro at you local paint center first. It does not take too much time. Do in a very well ventilated area.
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I need to know how to paint on a ceramic tile. I am tiling a back-splash behind our stove and want to add some decorative tiles, but need to know how to paint a design on the ceramic tile that will be washable and not come off. Do I need special paints? Do I put the tile in the oven after painting to set the paint? Please help!
By NanaMay from Mulhall, OK
There is no paint that you can put on ceramic tile that will not come off. You can use a craft paint to paint a nice design, but it will not stand up to cleaning that you would do in a kitchen. You can paint over tiles (I have some in my bathroom that have been done.), but you run the risk of the paint peeling off. The former owners painted over mine, and it has stuck to about 2/3 of the tiles, but peels like crazy off of the rest. I have no idea why. A small residue of oil or whatever on some, is my best guess.
Now, if you want to glaze these tiles, that can be done, but you need a kiln to do that. I have reglazed commercial tiles with a high fire glaze. It mixed with the original glaze, and was quite lovely. I broke these up and used them in a mosaic table. However, if you are not familiar with glazes, pottery, and ceramics, this is not something you can do at home. You could go to a places that sells ceramic greenware and glazes and see if they can help you out. A place like that will have a kiln, but of course they will charge you to fire your tiles. You cannot fire pottery or glazes in an oven. An oven heats to about 500 degrees. A pottery kiln heats to 2000 or so.
Can you paint over existing ceramic tiles, one that is already painted by the manufactures. There is nothing wrong with backsplash in the kitchen, the tiles that are painted don't match the colour scheme. I would like to know if I could paint over them? The design, is to try to make it brighter.
By laurie boone from Ottawa, ON Canada
They sell a primer to paint the tiles so you can paint them and seal them to suit what ever your kitchen decor is.
In three adjoining rooms there is different pattern Italian-style ceramic tile. Can floor tile be painted to match that will hold up to traffic and cleaning?
It is not wise to paint tile ever because most likely you will have paint chipping and possible falls.
I used to lay tile for a living and we even recommend not sealing your grout because it is very difficult to change the color. Best bet would be to have it all torn up and replaced with tile that you are happy with.
I have a tile bathroom color from 1968 and it is green. I want to spray it with porcelain paint to change the color. I want to know how to do this. DYI did this to a bathroom that was built in 1901. Can you tell me how, materials, and cost?
By nansea from Nashville, TN
Here are some links to help your do it yourself job and after viewing these, you are well on your way.
I would like step by step instructions on painting the ceramic tile around my bathtub and around my kitchen walls. Thanks.
By deanne young from Cumming, GA
I've painted ceramic tile before and it works fine. Just make sure you follow all of the steps listed here:
First can you paint stone looking tile and second can it be done for a shower?
I have a tile countertop, are there any suggestions on painting? Can you paint it? The grout has had it and I can't afford a new one. Thanks.
Is there a method of filling in a grouted tile counter and then faux painting it?
Can oil paint from a tube be mixed with white epoxy in a kit for bathroom tiles to add color? The instructions say to use universal type tints; I am not sure what that is.
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