Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Things You Can Paint Instead of Replace to Save Money - Part 3

Imagine how sweet it is to update ceramic tile without having to bust up and cart away tons of old tile.

Play it safe and avoid painting tiles in high-traffic and high-moisture areas. Some good places are laundry room floors, backsplashes under cabinets (but not above ranges where pasta sauce splatters), and walls around tubs you rarely use.

  1. Repair cracked or chipped tile with caulk or grout before painting. 
  2. Give patching material ample time to dry, then lightly sand before applying an epoxy or urethane bonding primer.
  3. Sand after priming and between each coat of quality latex paint. 
  4. Wait several days for the paint to cure completely, then seal with two or three coats of clear, water-based polyurethane.

  1. To get a smooth look, apply paint in zigzags, then roll down in one, smooth motion.
  2. Use 240-grit wet/dry sandpaper for prep and between coats.
  3. Don’t forget safety goggles and masks when sanding tiles.

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