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Can you paint a bathroom floor?

PaintBrush.jpgIt is not recommended to paint a tiled floor because tile paint will not hold up under trafficked loads. You will find it will only last until the first person walks in with some dirt or a stone lodged in their shoe, then it will scrape right off. If you were to take a flat head screw driver to painted wall tiles you would be able to quite easily scrape it off. So it is suitable for walls with no load but not for trafficked areas. 

 

Instead, I would recommend installing a new floor over the tiles. We stock a great variety of vinyl planks which are easy to install and look fantastic. Here's a step-by-step D.I.Y. tutorial on How To Lay Vinyl Plank Flooring which you might find of assistance as it shows what they look like when laid. - MitchellMc

 

I haven't painted floor tiles before so can't say for sure but I imagine the paint isn't going to hold up over time. I suggest looking at an epoxy coating instead - much harder wearing. Coating like this isn't the cheapest flooring option per sqm but for a small space it'd be fine. It comes in a pretty big range of colours and styles too. You should be looking at around $95/sqm. - ProjectPete

 

Every time I've ever seen floor tiles painted, they have scuffed fairly quickly. It’s not something I recommend. An alternative that will save money and is easy to DIY is to use wood look vinyl planks on the bathroom floor. They’re not suitable in the shower area - you can leave your existing tiles or replace tiles with a shower tray. - 2Belindas

 

Pull up the tiles and replace them. Even if you aren't confident enough to do it yourself, pay for a tiler. It's worth the expense. You can get some very affordable plain white floor tiles these days. - MartyH

 

I have spoken to many paint companies over the years and unfortunately no paint company that I know of supplies paint that paints on floor tiles. There are other ways to do it but in the majority of cases it voids the warranty of the paint companies. You would probably be better either putting tiles down or using an epoxy coating but must fill in grout lines with a floor filler which you can find in the floor accessory aisle in Bunnings stores. Tile paint is only to go on wall tiles. - kezza14

 

I have successfully painted toilet floor tiles. I can't stress enough how important the preparation is. Use the tile cleaner spray. Undercoat or prime with White Knight primer. To my knowledge currently the only paint that works on floor tiles is Rustoleum milk paint. There is a sealer, however I was not game to use this in case it made the flooring slippery. After my 2 coats of milk paint I was so happy with the result. To be honest, even if it does eventually chip it will still look better than brown 70's mosaic tiles. Drying time is ultra important. The longer you leave it the better. It seems to harden or something. I recommend painting the floor before you go away for a few days. - Hac

 

Painting horizontal surfaces isn’t the best long term solution. Vertical surfaces (cupboard doors and wall tiles) seem to get the best result. - Jesse1

 

I have never had any joy painting floor tiles. I have tried oil- and water-based paints all without success. I also gave the White Knight range a go. It performed the best of all but still failed under foot traffic. I would suggest perhaps you try a piece of vinyl flooring until you renovate completely. - ​​casper1

 

I don’t recommend it as the paint is only cosmetic and not made for rough use and walking on. I suggest lino if the budget is tight, there are some heavy duty ones that look good. Use Ardit floor leveler over your old tiles to give it that flat look and lay the lino over it when it’s dry. A cheap alternative but done right you could get away with it. Done wrong and you’ll be going to Kennards to hire a pneumatic hammer to chisel out you floor. - redracer01

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