PAINTING YOUR KITCHEN TILES


Your kitchen tiles are more than likely made of ceramic and can be easily painted using the proper coatings. Glass, like ceramic can also be covered in a coat of paint, so if you have a knick knack that requires a different color, or a kitchen screaming for a new look, then, by using the proper primer and paint, you will be able to get the job done.
Before you begin painting your kitchen tiles (or glass) project, you might want to test any design ideas you may have on a tile (or piece of glass) you can throw away.
Talk to your local paint store rep regarding painting your kitchen tiles, along with any other glass or ceramic item you would like to add a different color to. By doing so, you will receive the proper products, tools and application advice for the job your doing.


TOOLS AND MATERIALS


Rubber gloves.
Power sander and sanding pad.
Goggles, mask, old clothes.
Tile and grout cleaner.
Dust brush.
Cleaning solution (mixed in bucket).
Sponge.
Brush, cut can, roller/covers and trays.
Primer.
Paint topcoat.
Drop cloth (or old bed sheets).
220-grit sandpaper.
Paintable caulking/gun and filler.



PRODUCT AND TOOLS FOR CERAMIC AND GLASS
Using the help of your paint store rep, you should be able to choose the kind of finish coat (sheen) product type and tools that you will need to do a top quality job of painting your kitchen tiles or glass painting project. With that said, melamine paint in my opinion, is a horrible coating, try to avoid using it at all costs. A high quality solvent or latex paint, is by far superior to any kind of melamine paint product.

WHAT TO PUT IT ON WITH
Brushing/rolling, and spraying are all methods for getting paint on your glass or ceramic depending on the project being done. I myself prefer using a 2 1/2 sash brush to cut in, along with a low nap speed roller for rolling on the primer and paint.

SETTING UP
When painting your kitchen tiles, (or glass project) paper, tape and cover any areas that you don't want to get paint on (floors, walls etc).

PREPPING
Wash your ceramic using a good tile and grout cleaner, be sure the surface has no dirt, grease, calcium, or mold present, rinse then let the tile dry. Remove grout that is loose and not sticking properly, sand the surface (220 grit the kind made for glass) then dust it off. Use a power sander if needed and sand until you have completely dulled the surface. Let the dust settle then vacuumed, brush and sweep up the dust before priming.

PRIMING
Ask a paint store rep to assist you with application advice and assistance selecting a primer that will work for the project your doing. A latex primer can be used but, for the best over all performance solvent based primers that are recommended for ceramic and glass work best. Also the longer you let the primer (more than a couple days if possible)cure before top coating the better the finish coat will adhere. Follow the painting section below for information on rolling on the primer.
After painting your kitchen tiles with primer, repair cracked tiling and missing grout with paintable caulking and filler. Once again sand the repairs and primed surface. Let your repairs dry and if needed, refill, sand and prime again as needed.
By priming first then filling, caulking, sanding and re priming the spots you have repaired, you will be able to fix cracks and gaps that you normally wouldn't see till after you have primed.

PAINTING WITH A BRUSH/ROLLER
Be sure your wearing your protective gear (goggles, gloves, mask, old clothes etc.)

Whrn painting your kitchen tiles, use a brush and cut can to cut in areas that you will not be able to roll. Using the roller/cover and tray, roll on your paint. Place the paint on the surface so that it covers all the tile (like rolling a wall), then back roll over top of the wet paint, from end to end in one direction. Overlap slightly with each roller mark. As an example, with the paint on your tile counter top start your roller in the corner pull it down towards you in a strait line to the edge of the counter top. Move the roller over slightly and while overlapping your first roller swath of paint pull down towards you again. Keep doing this until your tile counter top is covered in a coat of paint and the roller marks all going in one direction. Be sure to remove any drips runs or sags before they dry. Let the paint dry, sand it and then throw on the next coat. To do an even better job of painting your kitchen tiles, let the first coat dry, sand it and then apply a third finishing coat.

SPRAYING
Spraying will give you the best painted surface, but in my opinion requires a lot more work. If you wish to coat areas like tubs and shower stalls etc. it's best to have a professional spray them for you. If on the other hand, you decide to use a sprayer for painting your kitchen tiles, follow all local government safety rules and make sure you have practiced with the materials, products and equipment that you will be using prior to beginning your spraying project.

EPOXIES AND POWDER COATS
Epoxies and powder coatings should be applied by a pro. With that said If you want to use a product that has the most durability, you will need to apply an epoxy or powder coat.

SUMMARY

Once you have applied at least two coats (three is better) of paint over the primer let it cure for as long as you can (days if possible, weeks are better). What that means is, be very careful for as long as you can after painting your kitchen tiles or glass project, otherwise you will not be happy with the outcome.

Not only is scratching the surface an issue when placing things on it so is heat. Hot items and electric pans set on your paint will cause the coating to crack and peel. Be very diligent about not placing such items on your painted project without using some kind of protective surface. A cutting board is a good tool for protecting your newly painted surface and the only item to use when cutting food on your freshly painted counter top.

Virtually any type of wall decorating finish such as a faux can be applied when painting kitchen tiles and glass or ceramic painting projects. Use your imagination, the internet and local library to jazz things up.

To protect your finish use a clear coat or paste wax. Talk to your paint store rep for advice regarding the protective finish that would work best with the products your using and area being painted.

When cleaning, wait till the paint is completely cured (a month or so)then use a non abrasive cleaner.

While painting your kitchen tiles, you may want to see the grout lines. Using a liner brush and painting them on is the only way to do so. Since this is such a huge amount of work I don't advise doing so.

Solvent paints and primers will work the best for painting tile or glass but if you do not wish to use them, a high quality latex product in most cases will work fine.


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