After seeing the great before and after from elmac, and receiving a large quote to rip out and redo my bathrooms, I decided I'd start a steady cosmetic renovation by painting the tiles. I figured if I had a bad result I'd suck it up and rip out and redo at some point. I had previously painted my ugly grey 1995 kitchen cupboards three years ago with White Knight Tile and Laminate Paint and had a good result.
This time I used the Dulux Renovation Range, using the white colour off the shelf with no tinting. My existing tiles were an off white colour with grey marbling.
I started by cleaning the tiles with a green scourer to ensure there was no soap residue. I then used my trusty Ozito 18V Detail Sander with 120 grit, followed by a light hand sand with 400 grit.
Make sure you remove any clear sealer and silicone. I didn't even notice that I had clear sealer until I realised the paint wasn't sticking along one edge. I thought I'd just do a few coats over the clear silicone and eventually the paint would stick, but it doesn't. It wasn't the end of the world but it was a bit annoying as I had to scrape off 2cm of paint and silicone on the edge, then re-prime and re-paint. Get your Stanley knife around the edges to check if you have clear silicone before you start priming.
There tends to be decent tile edges or space between surfaces, so I don't find it necessary to tape around the area if you have a steady hand.
As with all painting, go back and check a few times to make sure you don't have any drips, especially on grout lines. Use an unloaded roller over the end of each coat, which will help get rid of drips. I found this paint good quality and really easy to work with.
As others have found I had loads of paint left over so I did my kitchen splashback as well, which used up the rest of the white paint. I still have at least a third of a tin of the primer and clear coat left over.
The primer only has a pot life of three days, so if you're planning on doing more than one room with it, you'll need to at least prime the second room fairly quickly after the first. The white paint and clear coat has a pot life of 10 days.
That's it! It was easy to use and easy to do. My result is not as dramatic as others as my tiles were a lightish colour anyway, but I'm ecstatic with the result which is way better than the photos show. It's a real brightener and the tiles look new.
One month on, they are still looking great and I have just done my ensuite as well. I've also added white silicone to the corners and edges, which has really added a professional finish. I use a soft sponge instead of a scourer type sponge to clean. I am quick to spot clean as I'm still keen for them to look perfect, so nothing really sets in that requires scrubbing.
Before and after
How to paint bathroom tiles
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