If your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room floors look grimy and old, why not paint your ceramic tile floor to give it a fresh look on a budget. You can fix chips in the tile and cracks in the grout, then conceal your repairs with the ceramic paint. It’s an easy and affordable home improvement project, though you will need to stay off the floor for a few days. By priming, painting then sealing your ceramic tile floor you can be sure that the paint job will look beautiful and will last long. Here’s everything you need to know to paint a ceramic tile floor for a fresh new look that costs a fraction of an actual floor replacement.
The Materials Needed to Paint a Ceramic Tile floor
Bleach-based, grainy cleaner like Comet
Scrub brush or pad and cleaning rags
P-150 grit sandpaper
2 shades of semi-gloss or high-gloss oil-based paint (alkyd paint or porcelain paint)
Rollers and a roller handle with a broomstick
Paint tray with several disposable linings
Paint brush and foam brush
Water-based Urethane Floor Finish
Follow These Simple Steps to Paint Your Ceramic Tile Floor
Step #1. Repair Flaws in the Tile or Grout
Now’s your chance to repair any chips in the tile or cracks in the grout before you paint the ceramic tile floor. Mix grout in any color, since you will be painting over it later. Use grout to fill the chips in the tiles too using your finger. Just keep your rubber gloves on not to scratch or cut your fingertips.
Step #2. Sand the Tile
Use P-150 grit sandpaper to sand the tile in straight lines. By removing the top layer of the tile you’ll make it more permeable for painting the ceramic tile floor with an enduring new coat. If you’re using a palm sander work quickly not to over sand the tile.
Step #3. Clean the Ceramic Tile Floor
Vacuum the dust off the tile floor, then scrub it down with Comet or an equivalent, grainy cleaner. You don’t have to remove stains before painting your ceramic tile floor, but your do want to get all the bumps and dirty off, or the paint will fail to adhere well. Wipe the floor clean with rags to leave it pristine and ready for painting.
Step #4. Apply the Ceramic Paint Primer
It’s important to use an oil-based rather than water-based primer to paint a ceramic tile floor as it will create a better, lasting foundation. Apply the primer using the your paint roller with the broom stick attached, so you don’t have to bend low or lean on your knees. Paint your ceramic tile floor in straight lines and make sure the roller is soaked in primer, so the grout lines will become coated as well as the tile. It’s a good idea to keep a window open for fresh air while you paint your ceramic tile floor with oil-based, smelly products.
Step #5. Paint the Ceramic Tile Floor
Let the primer dry fully before painting your ceramic tile with the oil-based paint. Choose a semi-gloss finish for a more modern tile look, or high-gloss for the 70’s look. Once more use a roller with the broom stick attached to spare your back and knees. Soak the roller well and paint the ceramic tile floor in straight lines. Leave a narrow margin for you to step on while painting, then paint it in the end. It’s a good idea to apply a second coat of paint after the first dries full, as this will make your painted ceramic tile floor more hardy. Make sure to paint the grout lines as well as the tile.
Step #6. Paint New Grout Lines
Wait one week before you stand on the painted ceramic tile to avoid scuffing or damaging the painted surface. Then apply painter’s tape in horizontal straight lines along the grout to create a border on either side of the line. Paint the horizontal grout lines with a darker color than your tile and leave them to dry for 2 days. Then peel the painter’s tape and repeat this step for the vertical lines, to finish painting the ceramic tile floor grid of grout lines.
Step #7. Seal the Painted Ceramic Tile Floor
Once the grout lines are dry, seal the paint with a water-based floor finish. Use clean rags to smear the finish on, working in circles over the painted ceramic tile until your coat every part of it including the grout lines.
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