Expertly paint tiles

Tiles are a very durable building material for covering walls and floors. But over time, colors and patterns are either no longer in vogue or the tiles have become dull and dull due to decades of cleaning, walking and other wear. A cost-effective alternative to laying new tiles is painting the old tiles. Modern tile coatings allow you the most diverse processing of tiles.

There are many reasons for painting tiles

Often even decades old tiles are not really fundamentally damaged, but worn, so dull and dull. With regular cleaning every tile loses its shine slowly but surely. Another aspect is the fact that tiles are usually laid in very contemporary colors and patterns. So it's not just the pattern that can be completely out of time.

Again and again, very dark tiles were announced. They can make an absolutely dark hole out of an otherwise beautiful bath - as is often shown when everything is renewed in light tones. After all, rooms such as bathrooms and toilets are no longer considered necessary. They have long since become part of the overall living comfort. So the ambience has to be right.

Newly tiled tiles look like newly tiled with modern materials

Several years ago, special tile coatings came into vogue, with which tiles could be painted over. However, for a long time, the products were not really designed for the specific nature of tiles. However, there has been a lot of progress over the past few years, and modern tile coatings can make old tile walls and floors look like new tiling - provided the tiles were painted professionally. This includes the accurate execution of the preparatory work. Below we offer a detailed guide to painting your tiles so that they look like newly tiled again. But also completely different effects can be achieved.

Step by step guide to painting tiles

  • reverse primer
  • bonding agent
  • Tile or tile
  • possibly joint tape
  • possibly silicone compound
  • tile glue
  • Feinspachtel
  • Liquid plastic
  • possibly grout
  • duct tape
  • possibly decorative chips
  • different brushes
  • different paint rollers
  • Paint tray with Abstreifmöglichkeit
  • scraper
  • Orbital sander or angle grinder
  • spatula
  • trowel
  • Cutter knife
  • jointing board
  • tile sponge
  • Mortar bucket for grout
  • Electric drill with stirrer

1. Preparatory work before tiling

First of all, it is crucial how the entire tile looks. You need to check if the grout is ok or not better removed. If necessary, you can remove the grout with a joint scraper. Then cut the silicone out of the expansion joint with a cutter knife.

Now you have to examine the tiles for damage. Larger switching points that you want to repair are best marked with an adhesive tape to be able to find them later. Depending on how you want to proceed in total, you now have several options: either fill large cracks with liquid plastic and knock out extremely damaged tiles completely, to replace them with tile adhesive and fine putty. Or you can remove the entire tiled surface with fine filler, if you also want to plan the tile joints.

In the latter case, however, you must first make the tiles sticky. Therefore, apply the primer, possibly also a barrier primer against moisture. You can also roughen the tiles with an orbital sander. If you want to preserve the tiles and if you have already filled the damaged areas with liquid plastic, then apply primer and barrier primer.

2. Painting the tiles

Preferably you should use a modern plastic tile paint to paint the tiles. It consists of a 2-component varnish containing the color pigments and a clear tile varnish as a topcoat. Apply the color coat in two layers on the tiles. If you want to apply decor chips, prepare them before the second coat of tiles, because they are scattered on the still wet second coat of paint.

Now let the color coat dry completely. In the best case, follow the manufacturer's instructions. Then you can now apply the transparent topcoat. If you have scratched out the joints beforehand, you will have to wait until the topcoat has completely cured with the tile re-grouting.

3. Theses

Now you can do the respective theses. Either re-grout the tiles after painting or glue the tile joint tape to the old grout. Finally, spray the expansion joints with silicone. All grouting work is carried out as in conventional grouting of tiles.

Tips & Tricks

Many suppliers of tile coatings offer mixable colors to choose from. If you want to mix a color yourself, make sure that you always choose a mixing ratio that you can easily mix.

For the paint or paint rollers, you can choose rolls with lambskin or foam. Depending on the nature of the roll, you will receive different surface textures of the paint applied to the tiles.

When painting floor tiles, always consider the slip resistance class of the topcoat. In addition, you can choose topcoats semi-gloss or high-gloss.

Decor chips are particularly suitable for tiled floors. After applying, you will achieve effects that resemble the surface of a natural stone floor.

Remember in rental properties that you need a written consent from the landlord, because the tiles are definitely damaged when painting. If your landlord does not agree to paint the tiles, you can, for example, edit tiled walls as an alternative. In the house journal you will also find instructions and guides for dressing tiles and tiles.

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