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Can I paint over my balcony tiles?

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Can I paint over my balcony tiles?

Hi Folks,


I live in an apartment that is full sun facing, but as you can see my outdoor balcony tiles are looking rather stained and dated. I was wondering if they can be painted over with a product that is fairly hard / long wearing and walked on?.StainedStainedBalcony Tile.jpg

What type of paint that could handle this, and does this need to be sealed?

Thank you.



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Re: Can I paint over my balcony tiles?

Hi @Graham35 


They look like a glazed tile so getting a paint it stick and be hard wearing might be a challenge but bear  with me  a second lets explore possibilities. Keep in mind grout line  will be covered too.


Firstly a  cleaning solution  would be CLR a product to dissolve most  water related stains  and minerals.  I would apply it and leave to soak an hour to minimise scrubbing.   You will need to clean prior to  painting anyhow for better results.


Paint will chip  eventually but the  toughest paint to use is epoxy  paint highly resistant to abrasion and some specialised  paints made  for tiles.


One  of the better sealer, stain blocker hard  gripping under coats is

Zinsser 3.78L Bulls Eye Primer Undercoat Sealer And Stain Blocker I/N: 1570000 $94

  • Water-based, low odour primer-sealer
  • Seals stains, graffiti and tannin bleed
  • Mould and mildew resistant film
  • Rust inhibitive - great for new metal
  • Interior and exterior applications
Rust-Oleum Bulls Eye 1-2-3 is a water-based, whole-house primer, sealer and stain blocker for interior and exterior applications. Best for hiding painted surfaces; use Bulls Eye 1-2-3 to seal stains, graffiti and tannin bleed. With outstanding performance, this primer adheres to even glossy surfaces including tile and enamel trim.

Low odour and self-levelling, Bulls Eye 1-2-3 dries in 30 minutes and can be reapplied 1 hour after the initial coat. The breathable, flexible formula resists blistering and peeling for long-lasting durability.



After that The  hunt  is on  for good epoxy paint  I looked a some  purpose made tile paints but they are usually pastol color ranges as they where made for bathrooms.


The other thing epoxy isnt 100% uv stable for outdoors. 


So I am Thinking  concrete paint solutions that will lend it self to adhere to Zinger undercoats Or maybe directly on the tiles Worth a ph call to Nutech and  ask them re tiles?


So Consider Nutech  Pavecoat  a super hardwaring  concrete sealer that  is designed to withstand light vehicular  traffic so  pedestrian tfaffic is a  breeze  29 Colours


nishes to meet the unique requirements of its customers.


PaveCoat concrete sealer is manufactured from acrylic polymer resin and is stabilised for all types of concrete, including:

  • Paving
  • Driveways
  • Factories
  • Workshop floors
  • Service Stations
  • Tilt slab construction
  • Asbestos and cement sheeting
  • Slate flooring
  • Concrete roof tiles.

PaveCoat clear and colours are recommended for:

  • Plain concrete
  • Pattern paving
  • Stamped impression paving
  • Stencil paving
  • Spray on finish paving.

PaveCoat is highly durable and resistant to oil and most chemicals.

For improved resistance to petrochemicals, refer to PaveCoat Petrol Resistant.


  • Available in clear and 29 standard colours
  • Can be custom colour matched upon request
  • Excellent UV light resistance
  • Resistant to fading
  • Non-yellowing
  • Resistant to oil and grease








Re: Can I paint over my balcony tiles?

Thank you very much for your feedback / advice. very much appreciated.

Re: Can I paint over my balcony tiles?

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @Graham35. It's terrific to have you join us, and many thanks for your question about painting over exterior tiles.

I am unaware of any paint designed to go over an exterior tile. @Jewelleryrescue has helpfully provided a suggestion above, but please be advised that most exterior paver/concrete paints are designed to go over a porous surface, which a glazed tile is not. Adding a primer suitable for tile will give you a more suitable surface to paint over, but that would deviate from the concrete paint instructions and be considered an off-label use.


Have you attempted to clean these marks? I suspect they are tannin marks from leaves that have been dropped on the surface. If these marks haven't penetrated the tiles you might be able to remove them with 30 Seconds 5L Outdoor Cleaner With Power Sprayer and a stiff bristle broom. Do a test section in an inconspicuous location to ensure the cleaner does not damage your tiles. Remember to follow the PPE directions on the product.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


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Re: Can I paint over my balcony tiles?

Hi MitchellMc,

Thank you. Both my wife & myself did originally considered using CLR as the stains were very old rust stains.

What we are after is a complete balcony tile / grout change of colour being all the same colour without the hassle of pulling up the existing tiles or avoid laying new tiles / timber over the existing ones – a complete refresh change of colour if that is possible.?

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Re: Can I paint over my balcony tiles?

Hello @Graham35,


Thanks for your question. It's been a busy time on the site and I'm sure @MitchellMc will be happy to keep assisting you as soon as he can.


Let me also call upon our helpful members @raceytrace, @RenoRach1 and @Chris_T to see if they have any thoughts.


Thanks for your patience in the meantime.




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Re: Can I paint over my balcony tiles?

Hi @Graham35,


Unfortunately, glazed tiles are not porous, meaning paints find it exceptionally hard to bind to their surface. There are tile paints for internal tiles, but none that I am aware of for external use.




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