Do you want to upgrade your decor, but at the same time save money? Tile paint can be a simple and inexpensive option to help you achieve this goal!
Using tile paint can be the best way to redecorate your home, but without having to do a major job. Have you ever thought about having to change every tile in the kitchen, making a huge mess and demanding a super job? With paint, this is not necessary.
Check below everything you need to know about tile paint, to start using it right now in your home. Follow us!
How Tile Paint Works
Tile paint works just like any other paint. Just pass it on the desired surface, let it dry and take advantage of the new look it will bring to the environment. With the product, it becomes even simpler to be able to redecorate the bathroom, the kitchen, the service area and more.
In the market, there are paints of the most varied colors. Some have a satin finish, while others can be matte or shiny. It is important to define carefully what will be the best look for your wall. It needs to be harmonious with the rest of the space and furniture, to ensure a more attractive and pleasant aspect.
With tile paint, it is also simple to remove stains from surfaces. Just repaint them with color! In other words: you don’t need to innovate again in the look of the space. If you just want to revive the colors that already exist, the paint will be an effective option.
Also, when painting, you can use some techniques and decorate the walls a little more. You can, for example, use a sponge and paint while tapping the wall. With this strategy, the wall will take on a more stripped-down appearance.
Another tip is to make some designs with masking tape. When painting on the masking tape and then removing it, the spaces in which they were will be “blank”. The result will be a series of details on the wall and an elegant, stripped, casual or another look, according to your choice of design and decoration.
This painting was done on the masking tape, just to give you an idea of how it would look
In short: tile paint is an economical option to redecorate, and also full of possibilities. Learn more about the product below!
How to choose the best tile paint?
There are two basic types of tile paint: epoxy and acrylic paint. Epoxy paint is more expensive, but it can also be used to paint iron, floors and other surfaces. It is more resistant than acrylic, but both have a variety of colors and several possibilities of use.
When choosing the best paint, however, you need to evaluate other aspects. Like the location to be painted, the type of finish desired and more. Follow below!
1 – Surface finish
It is possible to choose a paint with a satin finish, gloss or semi-gloss. To decide which is the best option for you, you need to evaluate the type of decoration of your space.
A more sober decoration, for example, can gain a lot with satin paint. Already the space that needs a little more joy, liveliness, will look great with a shiny product.
In any case, be careful: dull inks tend to stain more easily! That is, they are not usually very suitable for the kitchen. After all, in that space there is the grease from the food, which can end up splashing on the wall and staining everything.
2 – Humidity of the environment
When tile paint is used in more humid spaces, it should be water-resistant. Especially in the bathroom, the wettest room in the house. This type of paint, resistant, is also indicated for outdoor environments since the surface will be subject to rain.
3 – Water-based paint or solvent
Some people are very sensitive to the smell of the paint. If this is the case, it is best to use water-based paint. This type of product leaves no smell in the environment, neither during its application nor after.
In addition to water-based ink, the market offers solvent-based ones. That is, they need to be mixed with chemical solvents for their application. In this case, the smell is usually strong during the application of the paint. Then, the environment needs to receive intense ventilation for the smell to disperse.
If you choose solvent-based paint, we recommend wearing a protective mask during application. This will prevent exaggerated inhalation of the smell and prevent irritation and even poisoning.
4 – Tile paint marks
It is not difficult to find good tile paints on the market. Among the main ones are:
- Tinta Suvinil Bathrooms & Kitchens, with anti-mold protection;
- Water Based Wandepoxy Coral Paint, water repellent;
- Sherwin-Williams Ultra Water-Based Epoxy Protection Paint, with glossy finish;
- Coral Wandepoxy Epoxy Catalytic Paint, with excellent durability.
Step by step to use paint to paint tiles
Below we have separated a small step by step that will help you when using the paint to paint tiles, follow!
Step 1 – Clean the surface
For tile paint to have a good adhesion to the wall, you will first need to clean it. To do this, use water, neutral detergent and a loofah. After rubbing the surface thoroughly, wipe with a clean, damp cloth, and repeat this step until all the soap is removed.
If desired, you can also finish with a degreaser. The cleaner the wall gets, the easier it will be to spread the paint over it.
Another good tip here is to clean the grout between the tiles well. To do this, use neutral detergent and a soft toothbrush.
Step 2 – Correct failures in the joints
After a while, it is common for the grouts to have gaps between the tiles. It will be necessary to correct this flaw before painting, or the result will not be very satisfactory.
For filling, we recommend that you use acrylic putty. Then let it dry for at least 24 hours. At the time of painting, if you want the grouts to remain white, you will need to fill them. In that case, cover them with masking tape and only then paint over the wall.
Also use acrylic putty to correct damage to the tile, as it should have a uniform surface. This is true, for example, for when the tile has small cracks.
Step 3 – Protect the space
Cover surfaces that will not be painted with a tarpaulin. This includes the floor, furniture, sink and more. Nail the tarpaulin with masking tape to prevent the tarpaulin from going out of the way and depriving some space.
Step 4 – Prepare the paint
Each tile paint has a preparation method. As mentioned, some of them even need to be mixed with solvents. With that in mind, follow the instructions on the ink label. They will tell you what steps are required to prepare the product.
Step 5 – Apply the paint
Typically, you will apply the paint with a specific roller for this job. Unless, of course, you want different results, you can use items like a sponge.
In any case, apply the product to the wall to be painted, taking care that it does not drain. After all, draining marks will not be very attractive.
Then, use a brush to finish those corners that have run out of paint. This is only if you find it necessary, as there will not always be flaws in the painting.
Step 6 – Let it dry
On the packaging of your ink, there will be a description of the time for drying the ink. After applying all the product on the wall, start counting this period, and only continue to follow the steps after the complete drying.
For this, remember to evaluate the conditions of the environment, as humid and poorly ventilated spaces will need a little more time for drying.
Step 7 – Sand the surface
To be sure of the color and the result, you will need to sand the wall. Use fine sandpaper and wipe the surface with movements from bottom to top. Do not overdo the force, as this may damage the color. Then, wipe the wall with a dry cloth.
Step 8 – Make new coats
If necessary, you can apply new coats of paint to the wall. This care can be interesting to obtain a more intense and uniform color. If this is the case, go back to step 5, which we explained earlier, and perform all of the following steps again.
Can I use tile paint on the floor?
Although we have talked so far about tile paint being applied to the wall, this is not the only possibility of applying the product. In fact, this type of product can also be applied to the floor.
In that case, however, more care will be needed. This is because it is common for the floor to have damage (such as small holes) and very sharp stains.
Considering all of this, always choose a darker color than the original color of the floor. Another tip is to correct the surface with the acrylic putty first, to eliminate wear that could damage the paint result.
Finally, remember to combine the floor with the rest of the decor. The surface is a very important part of the environment, and its look can make a huge difference in space.
Tips for using tile paint safely and effectively
Ready! Now you know how to choose and use tile paint. But before getting your hands dirty, it will be important to pay attention to other aspects. Thus, you will apply the product safely, always ensuring more beautiful and vibrant colors.
To help you out, we’ve listed some essential tips below. Check out!
- To apply paint to tiles, make sure they are firmly on the wall or floor. First, for safety, to prevent the ceramic from falling or causing accidents during the application of the paint, and in addition, the “health” of the pieces will give you greater certainty of the good result of the painting;
- There is no need to apply tile paint throughout the room. If you prefer, choose just one of the walls of the space and paint it, leaving the other originals or with a different shade. This can give an up in the decoration, as long as it matches with your proposal of environment.
- Periodically clean the painted surface to prevent staining. To do this, use degreasing products, water, mild soap and a soft loofah. Do not apply abrasive products or steel wool to the painted area, or it will be worn. If this occurs, you will need to apply a new coat of paint to revive the look of the environment.
Models of environments with tile paint to inspire you!
Check out below how some environments are new when using paint for tiles, so you get that inspiration you need to be able to redesign everything yourself!
1 – Let’s start with this bathroom painted blue with tile paint, for you to understand better what we are talking about!
2 – And if blue is not your favorite color, no problem, how about this green bathroom?
3 – Or you can leave the walls of your bathroom all white, and use the tile paint on the floor, even in more than one color!
4 – How about having a bathroom all made of “bricks”? Pretty cool, isn’t it?
5 – You can use the tile paint to create an incredible atmosphere in your boxing!
6 – Or paint even a single part of your bathroom, like this little yellow part in the model below
7 – And if the space is not the largest, it is important to know how to abuse the colors and formats to separate the environments well, as in this example below
11 – Also use the tile paint to create a contrast between the colors of your bathroom, like this blue and red bathroom below
12 – How about using tile paint to create a 3D decoration for your bathroom? The result is incredible!
13 – It even looks like one of those TV commercial bathrooms, doesn’t it? But with tile paint you can have an equal!
14 – And of course you don’t have to stick to the conventional, the cool thing is to let your imagination run wild and use the tile paint to be able to create the most varied shapes!
15 – Here goes a kitchen that at first glance may look messy, but if you pay close attention you will see that it is actually quite fun!
16 – Tile paint is used here to separate the environments, and define well where your plants will be!
17 – The blue tiles break the sequence of whites well here, bringing an incredible contrast to the environment
18 – One more idea of how you can use tile paint to make your kitchen amazing!
19 – And don’t forget that, if you want, you can also bring a new color to the floor, making it amazing!
20 – Do you know that green tile you never liked? Nothing that an ink on top does not solve!
21 – And if you don’t like the white tile on your floor, just paint over it to make it the color you want!
Did you see how tile paint can be a simple and beautiful option? Assess well what is the best color for your space and enjoy!
Are there any doubts about the tile paint? Well then just ask us in the comments below, we will be ready to answer you!