Tear the tiles properly

One way to restore old tiles to new splendor is to paint over tiles. In the meantime, the specialist retailer now has numerous products that have been specially developed for problematic tile surfaces. In addition, there are some modern additional techniques that give the newly painted tiles almost the finishing touch.

Tile painting is a low-cost alternative to re-tiling

Although tiles are part of the building fabric, and thus many decades of use is expected, often tile motifs and colors are used, which correspond to the current zeitgeist during installation. Even if there are always retro waves, but also tile patterns and colors are possible, which can not win anything. For example, inexpensive kitchen tiles from the 80s with simple and inferior print or bathroom tiles in brownish yellow or pale old rose.

Various paint systems for different requirements

While the tiling is very labor-intensive and the subsequent laying of tiles also has its price, you will get away very cheaply when painting tiles. You can choose different paints such as water or synthetic resin or polyester paints. If you want to mix your own colors, look for tile coating systems that are miscible. Furthermore, there are products in which you can bring in confetti-like decor chips that bring out of a high-quality swept tiled floor an appearance that looks like a natural stone floor confused (usually plastic lacquers).

Step-by-step guide to painting over tiles

  • priming
  • tile paint
  • Tiles topcoat
  • Joint decorative band
  • Decor chips or special stickers and stickers
  • Masking tape for masking
  • Putty or tile adhesive
  • silicone
  • Fat and silicone solvent cleaner
  • Angle or orbital sander
  • abrasive paper
  • brush
  • Quast
  • Short pile or lambskin roll
  • foam roller
  • Paint tray with stripping area
  • spatula
  • Abziehkelle
  • silicone syringe
  • Cutter knife

1. Preparation of the tiles to be painted

a) Check expansion joints
First, make sure that expansion joints are still completely filled with silicone. If necessary, you can remove the old sealant with a cutter knife and re-grout with silicone. Then tape the expansion joints with tape, if you do not want to paint over them.

b) Roughen tiles
If you want to be sure that the primer will actually adhere, you can roughen the old tiles with a roughing disc or sandpaper in the vibratory or belt sander. Otherwise, you must first clean the tiles with grease and silicone solvents.

c) Fill in damages
Now look for the tiles for major damage. Larger cracks can be closed directly with tile adhesive or putty, broken pieces or tiles are completely removed to then fill out the holes.

d) Let everything dry for a long enough time
Keep the drying times for the silicone expansion joint as well as primer and spatula or tile adhesive. These can last up to two days.

2. Painting over the tiles

Now you can start painting the tiles. Set up the paint according to the manufacturer's instructions (2-component paint, for example). Now apply the first coat of tile varnish. Once the tiled and now swept area has dried, you can apply the second coat. As this second layer of the structure remains recognizable, you can use different foam rollers. With slightly coarser rolls you get a curl similar to old, painted with oil paint baths, slightly finer roles result in a structure that comes close to a painted surface.

3. Coat tile paint with topcoat

Now comes the topcoat. Apply this again evenly to the already dried paint.

Tips & Tricks

If you want to use decorative chips, these must be applied before the topcoat. Depending on the manufacturer, decorative joint strips can be glued before the topcoat or after painting.

Especially with floor tiles that you want to paint, pay attention to the abrasion class of the paint - after all, you want to make the floor.

With tile adhesive or putty you can also fill the joints to achieve an even, smooth surface. If relief tiles are to be painted over, you may also have to fill in the tiles yourself.

If a landlord opposes the painting of his tile (this right he has), there is an alternative for you: You can attach mounting plates in front of the wall and fill this and then paint with the desired color.

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