Painting tiles - painting tiles

Painting tiles - painting tiles: tile

This manual was created in close cooperation with pictures of the brand Molto

Painting tiles - painting tiles: primer

As one of the most well-known brands in the DIY sector, Molto is one of the "brands of the century" in Germany.

The inventor of the filler looks back on a now 60-year tradition. In addition to the classic Moltofill - The original, the Molto brand portfolio today includes more than 60 home improvement products for the areas of walls & ceilings, walls & walls, wood and bathroom & kitchen.

Molto brand products set standards in quality and innovation in many segments. They stand for a particularly simple application, fun in processing and high-quality results.

With a new color to a more modern bathroom

Shades that were still "in" in the sixties and seventies make the bathroom look old now. In contrast to today's bright colors, they can also be combined poorly with different contrast colors.

Anyone who wants to give his tiles a new design, but shrinks from an elaborate bathroom or kitchen modernization, can still make his tiles look more modern. There is no need to re-tile the walls, instead, they are painted over with a special tile varnish in the desired color. This method is especially recommended if the old, unsightly tiles have no damage.

To paint the tiles, no prior knowledge of craftsmanship is required, so that even inexperienced home improvement can realize this project.

The paint application consists of two layers. For both primer and finish coat epoxy paint should be used. They can be mixed by the retailer in any desired color nuance and are characterized by their special durability.

Epoxy lacquers are two-component systems consisting of lacquer and hardener. These are combined and stirred thoroughly, then quickly applied with a roller or brush. In the hardware store, there are also special tile paint sets to buy, in which everything is included, what you need.

Painting tiles - painting tiles: tile

Prime tiles and paint

Painting tiles - painting tiles: primer

Check and clean tiles

Legal: Tile painting in rental apartments

Unfortunately, sweeping the tiles often can not be undone. Tenants who want to beautify their bathroom with tile color, must vote in each case only with the landlord. The best way to get a written permit.

Instructions: Painting tiles with tile varnish

Important is the preparation: Even if it seems annoying - thorough cleaning and checking the tiles and joints has a decisive effect on the final result.

Check all tiles for cracks and change them if necessary. Instructions can be found here: Replacing a single tile

Painting floor tiles

In general, it is possible to paint all tiles, but it should be remembered that floor tiles are subject to a special load. Therefore, the note "for wall tiles" or "for vertical tiles" is usually noted. Special 2-component paints are also suitable for floor tiles, which are significantly more durable. However, they should also be used only with reservations. Small errors in preparation can quickly lead to damage.

Painting tiles - painting tiles: tiles

The tiles are cleaned and degreased with a special cleaner.

1. Check the joints before painting

First, the joints must be checked. Cracks and small holes can be repaired with joint white. If silicone joints are already badly damaged, it is recommended to remove them. With a sharp knife, the mass can be easily cut out and then rubbed off. Also helpful is a special silicone remover. If the fittings are not easy to unscrew, they should be carefully taped.

Painting tiles - painting tiles: primer

Thoroughly clean all tiles and remove even the smallest stains.

Important NOTE: Commercially available silicone is not paintable and must therefore be taped or removed. To avoid heels, it is advisable to remove all silicone joints and renew after painting the tiles.

2. Thoroughly clean the tiles

Painting tiles - painting tiles: tile

Greasy and soap residues like to settle in the joints. Brush these out.

In the next step clean the tiles. Crucial precondition: The substrate must be clean, dry, free of dust and grease. This can be achieved by a thorough treatment with a soap or vinegar cleaner. There are also special tile cleaners that act specifically against dirt and grease. Also alcohol or even a hydrochloric acid agent (caution, corrosive!) Fulfill this purpose.

Check again carefully: There must be no adhesive residue, for example from old towel hooks, more.

Some tile coatings require roughening of the tile surface before painting. The tiles must be roughened evenly. For this purpose, classic sandpaper or - even better - sanding fleece, which is available from specialist dealers, is suitable. for example, with 240 grit sandpaper. This is especially true for the tile coatings that do without primer. In any case, follow the instructions of the manufacturer!

Painting tiles - painting tiles: primer

Mix the 2K primer according to manufacturer's instructions.

3. Prime tiles

Now the real work begins. The primer with the tile primer goes with a fine foam roller even inexperienced easily from the hand. Apply the well mixed components quickly.

Some manufacturers offer 2in1 products, where a first primer is no longer necessary, but starts immediately with the first paint job.

4. First dry phase

After 12 to 24 hours of drying time - observe the manufacturer's instructions - the primer is ready for the first coat of varnish. During the drying period, make sure that the primer does not come into contact with liquids and get wet.

Painting tiles - painting tiles: tiles

Stir the primer well with a wooden stick.

Painting tiles - painting tiles: primer

Start with the edges and then roll the surfaces.
Pro tip:
Prepare several of the foam rollers, as they may be attacked by the special preparations and must be replaced.

5. First coat

Mix the tile paint carefully and start applying immediately. For a hard, closed-cell foam roller is suitable. After mixing, the paint can only be processed for approx. 6 hours, after which curing already begins. So be sure to prepare the appropriate amount of paint and not interrupt work with long breaks.

Painting tiles - painting tiles: tiles

Apply evenly the first coat of tile varnish.

Painting tiles - painting tiles: painting

Paint rollers over tape to remove lint.

6. Second dry phase

Once you have applied the first layer, it is necessary to re-dry at least 12 hours.

7. Second coat

Painting tiles - painting tiles: primer

Apply second coat only after curing of the first coat.

After curing the first coat, the second coat can begin. Re-mix the appropriate amount of tile varnish and apply with a fresh roll.

You will see how well the paint covers even very dark tiles, so that you will receive a brilliant result at the latest after drying this second coating.

Above all, dark tiles sometimes require three coats of varnish so that the old paint does not show through.

8. Curing the tile color

A good and sufficient curing can take up to three days, only then should you continue with the further steps. So be patient before using your new bathroom extensively.

Ökotipp: Allow the brush or roller to dry out after work and dispose of it with the residual waste. So polluting solvents do not even need to be used.

9. Last moves

After curing, the fittings can be reassembled. Now you can color the joints with joint white or another color from the tiles. Subsequently, the silicone joints are renewed at bumps and corners with sanitary silicone and possibly joint tape, for example on washbasin and bathtub.

Consumption of tile varnish and tile primer

Tiles to be paintedConsumption tile primerConsumption tile varnish
1-10 m²about 250 mlabout 1.5 l
11-20 m²about 500 mlabout 3.0 l
21-30 m²about 750 mlabout 4.5 l

The processing instructions for painting over the tiles must always be met with due care for reasons of health protection. If the primer dries overnight, it should also be sanded evenly to give the final finish lasting hold.

This is then applied in the same way. This completes the beautification course. If the new "skin" is not treated with harsh remedies, its "complexion" will remain flawless for years.

Photo Credits: all images: © Akzo Nobel Deco GmbH - (

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