How to paint the tiles of the facade of the house?

Tile painting is a quicker, cheaper and much cleaner alternative to completely replacing your tiles. Although painted tiles will never last as long as new tiles, this is a project that can extend the life of tile and restore it to an almost new look.

Use a primer with the word “adhesion” in the name to paint tiles. Avoid concrete, brick or metal primers. Adhesion primers form an adhesive bond between tile and paint with special resins that universal primers do not have. Adhesion primer will soften flaking, peeling and chipping.

Tile Paint:

  • One-component epoxy paint: One-component epoxies are easy to work with because you don’t need to apply multiple coats. One-component epoxies are air-cured products. In contrast, multistep epoxies are chemically cured. Some one-component epoxies are available as aerosol cans.
  • Two-component epoxy paint: after mixing one component with the second component, the resulting substance is applied with a brush or roller to the tile. It is usually easier to find two-component epoxies, so there is more choice.
  • Two-step paint: This type of tile paint requires two separate steps. First, you apply a binder. Second, you apply the top finishing coat. Two-step tile paint is strong and durable.

Equipment/tools

  • Paint roller and cover
  • Paint tray and liner
  • Paint brushes
  • Tack cloth
  • Orbital sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Spatula
  • Clean bucket
  • Sponge pad
  • Latex gloves or latex substitute gloves.
  • Eye, ear, and respiratory protection

Instructions:

  • Clean the tiles: Fill a bucket with warm water and add TSP to the bucket. Wearing gloves, wipe the tiles to remove as much dirt as possible. Rinse the tiles with clean water and let them dry.
  • Tile Repair: Thin cracks and small chips in the tile surface can be repaired with sealant. Larger imperfections can be filled with a water-resistant exterior putty
  • Sand the tiles: Wear eye, ear and respiratory protection and use a handheld orbital sander. Do not sand down to the base of the tile (the area below the glazing). Instead, wipe off the glaze.
  • Clean the tiles with water.
  • Protect areas not to be painted: Use painter’s tape and sheeting to protect areas that will not be painted.
  • Apply Bonding Primer
  • Pour a small amount of bonding primer into a leveled paint tray. Dip a paint roller into the primer, then roll the excess onto the tray until the roller is almost dry. Apply the primer to the tile, taking care not to press the roller too hard. Apply only a thin layer so it doesn’t drip. After the primer has dried, apply a second thin coat of primer.
  • Paint the tiles: Add a small amount of paint to the tray reservoir, then roll the roller until it is almost dry. Apply one coat of paint to the tile surface. Fill and touch up the edges with a brush.

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