Can I apply paint over tiles?Benjamin Moore
Sometimes, you just want to make a change. Maybe you’re dreaming of a green kitchen but the tiled wall insists on staying orange. Maybe, just maybe, a courageous idea went through your head – applying paint over tiles. Well, it’s not impossible, but optimal results will be obtained only by following certain steps thoroughly, using compatible products and a sizable dose of patience.
Step1 – Preparing the support surface Before applying any protection or color product, the tiled surface should be lightly blasted with sandpaper. You will thus obtain a lightly porous surface which will significantly alter its capacity of being painted. Now dust your surface thoroughly with a dry cloth and your surface is now ready for priming.
Step 2 – Priming In order to make sure the result will live up to your expectations, we recommend paying special attention to this particular step and choosing a multifunctional primer. Our specialists’ recommendation is 023 Fresh Start. Apply the first coat of primer without diluting the product and let it dry for 4 hours.After it has completely dried, apply the second coat of primer, again, without diluting the product and let it dry completely.
Step 3 – Applying paint After the primer has completely dried, your surface is now ready for painting. On principle, you can apply any finish or paint collection but the recommendation of our technical teams is the collection which has been especially designed for high humidity spaces like kitchens and bathrooms. Applying this product will ensure a longer lasting color and finish, as the high water traffic will not damage the paint in any way. A good alternative to the special paint is an eggshell or satin finish because a lightly glossy paint will stand the test of humidity and time better.
Observations: Although multifunctional primer alters the paint adherence of every surface, we do not recommend applying primer and paint on stoneware floors. Even if the top coat is enamel, the granulation of this surface will alter the resistance of the paint, which will start flaking after a while.