While it is possible to spray paint bathroom tiles it is important to consider the aesthetic results. Unless you are prepared to tape the grout spaces between the tiles, resurfacing bathroom tiles using paint will result in a uniform colour. Here we can give you the rundown of all you need to know when respraying tiles.
Other considerations revolve around painting areas in the bathroom that are close to water sources. If you spray bathroom tiles around the shower or sink, water splash-back could make the new look short lived. It is therefore necessary to use a waterproof paint in these areas for longer lasting results.
Colour Scheme when Spraying Tiles
One of the issues you may run into when respraying tiles is the range of colours available. Although the market is growing, the demand for paints suitable for bathroom tiles is not high enough to warrant manufacturers developing an extensive range. With that said, you can create aesthetically attractive colour combinations that will brighten up any bathroom.
Tile Spray Paint, Here is How You Prepare the Surface
As with any painting project, surface preparation is an important first step. Begin by inspecting grout for dirt, discoloration or damage and carry out any necessary maintenance such as cleaning or repairs. If repairs are needed, it is best to allow the fresh material a week to set before you begin painting.
Never paint over mould or dirt. The paint won’t properly adhere to the surface, resulting in a poor quality finish. Use bleach and water dilution to remove dirt and mould, or purchase mould spray for severe cases. Make sure that all surfaces are completely clean, rinsed and dried before continuing to the next step.
Once your tiles have dried it is time to sand down the glossy surface. Paint will not stick a glossy surface and you will end up with an uneven finish. Either sand by hand with 400-grit sandpaper; or, to make the task easier, use an orbital sander. Always use suitable gloves, goggles and face mask when sanding to avoid irritation.
It helps to remove fixtures such as bathroom taps and door handles where possible. You will also want to use masking tapes to cover areas that are not being painted. Assuming you are using epoxy resin, investing in a respirator mask is worth considering as an additional safety precaution.
Spray Your Tiles With Epoxy Resin Paint
Epoxy resin paint bonds to tile surfaces and results in a finish that mimics ceramic. You can purchase tile painting kits that will make the project easier and is a cheaper option than replacing tiles. A spray paint applicator is used to achieve a smoother finish than using a brush or roller.
Working from the top down, slowly apply spray paint to the tiles from side-to-side. This will allow you to achieve an even finish. If in doubt, ask for further advice at the paint or hardware store. You can also purchase heavy duty paint that is suitable for floor tile resurfacing. Always check manufacturer’s instructions when preparing and painting floor tiles.
Spray Bathroom Tiles Cost
Resurfacing bathroom tiles or resurfacing bath costs are significantly lower than replacement. Bath resurfacing paint is also available but is not suitable for repairing major damage. However, if your bath is simply looking worn out or has suffered superficial damage such as small cracks or chips, resurfacing is a cost-effective solution.
If you do not have the confidence to complete bathroom tile resurfacing as a DIY project, hiring a professional is still cheaper than renovating your bathroom. The results are just as impressive and the bathroom will feel like a brand new space.
If you do decide to take the renovation route, Houspect in New South Wales can help with all your building inspection needs. Call today to learn more about our services.