Best Tile Paints for Updating Without Renovating
Transform old tiles and backsplashes with tile paint
The 70s and 80s were a criminal era for tile design. If you still have these outdated colours and designs hidden away in your bathroom, you are not alone. Or perhaps you simply want to update your tiles to make them fit the rest of your home. Renovation and tile replacement is an expensive job, but luckily there is a cheaper and quicker alternative: tile paints.
Tile paint is formulated for use on tiles in a range of areas, interior and exterior. Designed to be able to deal with humidity, they are perfect for bathrooms, kitchens, or laundries, basically anywhere that you have tiles!
Product Guide: 5 of the best tile paints UK
Below are 5 of the best tile paints available in the UK, from renowned paint brands including Ronseal, Dulux, and Zinsser. Read through for a guide to the different paints, or you can jump ahead to the step by step guide for the best possible application and result from your chosen tile paint.
The essential steps for applying tile paint
Here are the most important steps to any tile paint application, whether in the bathroom, kitchen, or basement. Remember to always read the manufacturer’s instructions, and that tile paint is designed for best performance on vertical surfaces like backsplashes, wall tiles, tiling around baths etc. It does not perform well for floor tiles or for tiles in shower booths that endure a lot of water. Essentially, what you need to do when applying tile paint is:
- Clean the tile – Make sure the tile is completely clean of soap scum, grease, dirt, mildew, or any other contaminant. Use a sugar soap or bathroom cleaner, then wipe the surface down again with a clean cloth. Allow to dry.
- Prepare the surface – Sand the surface of the tile with a fine sandpaper, 180-220 grit. This gives the paint something to stick to. Once done, clean the tile again.
- Priming – If a primer is needed (and we do recommend it), apply the primer once the surface is sanded, clean, and completely dry. Paint over the entire surface, including the grout.
- Painting – Once the primer is dry, it is time to paint. Use whichever method is recommended in the instructions and apply as you would any other paint. Tada! It really is that simple. Avoid being too rough with the new coating until it is fully cured.