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« on: January 03, 2006 12:05:39 PM »

What kind of paint would you guys recommend for painting on ceramic tiles? My friend wants to paint on her backsplash, and I don't think acrylic would work. Any hints?


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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2006 02:02:44 AM »

Hi there -- Do you mean she wants to paint the entire tiled area, or simply paint or stencil 'designs' on the tiles?

Well, I've never tried either one myself... but if I absolutely had to, I believe I'd look in my local hardware store or DIY home improvement store for something that 'specifically says' it's for painting tile/ceramic/ etc... in other words, something like this type of paint:

Don't forget that anything shiny like tile needs to be properly 'prepped' before painting  -- which might just mean *cleaned thoroughly* or might involve something else as well.
Whatever specialty paint your friend gets should have directions on how best to 'prep' before using it; if so, follow them carefully.

One more thing concerning paint on tile (especially kitchen or bathroom tile) : afterward you might need to be careful how & with what you clean it. Again, whatever tile paint your friend buys should have some suggestions about that too -- but I'd say the main thing is probably to avoid anything abrasive or scrubby.
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2006 05:18:43 PM »

You can paint directly on ceramic tile with any kind of paint. Even poster paints and acylics. First clean the surface well, paint away and then carefully spay on 2 coats of clear sealant. I used Krylon brand and have not had a problem with flaking or scratching. The down fall is it really stinks and it takes a long time for the smell to dissapate and you have to spray very carefully so you don't get runs. You might want to practice on some spare tiles first, you can always use them as trivets afterwards. Good luck, d

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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2006 09:07:27 AM »

Apply tile primer then paint with any paint you have.  Try using a small roller so you don't have any nasty brush marks or drips.  When it's dry, you can seal it with clear varnish so the paint doesn't rub off when cleaning.

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