You can paint over tile backsplash, but there are a few things you should know before you get started. Follow these tips for the best results.
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Yes, you can paint over tile backsplash
painting over tile backsplash is a great way to give your kitchen or bathroom an updated look without having to go through the hassle and expense of replacing your entire tile backsplash. Of course, before you begin, it’s important to make sure that your tile backsplash is clean and in good condition so that your paint will adhere properly. Once you’ve done that, you can then proceed with painting over your tile backsplash using either a brush or a roller.
But there are a few things you need to do first
If you’re tired of your current backsplash but don’t want to spend the time or money to replace it, you might be wondering if you can simply paint over it. The short answer is yes, you can paint tile backsplash, but there are a few things you’ll need to do first in order to get a smooth, long-lasting finish.
Clean the tile backsplash thoroughly
Whether you’re painting over tile backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom, the first step is always the same: you need to clean the surface thoroughly. Any dirt, grease, soap residue, or other build-up will prevent the paint from adhering properly, so it’s important to start with a clean slate.
The best way to do this is to use a strong degreaser and scrub the tile backsplash with a non-abrasive sponge. Once you’ve finished scrubbing, rinse the area well with warm water and allow it to dry completely before proceeding.
Apply a primer
If you want your paint to last, you need to use a primer. We recommend using Zinsser’s Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer. This primer is specifically made for tile and will help your paint to last longer.
Once you have your primer, you will need to apply it to the tile backsplash. You can do this with a brush or a roller. If you are using a brush, make sure to use a good quality brush so that the primer goes on evenly.
Once the primer is applied, you will need to let it dry for at least 24 hours before painting over it.
Use a paintbrush or roller to apply the paint
Start by giving the backsplash a thorough cleaning with TSP or another heavy-duty cleaner. Once it’s dry, you’ll need to sand the surface to help the paint adhere. Be sure to use a fine-grit sandpaper so you don’t damage the tile.
Next, apply a tile primer with a paintbrush or roller. Once the primer is dry, you can start painting the backsplash with your chosen paint color. Again, use a brush or roller for best results.
If you’re painting over shiny tile, you may need to apply a second coat of paint to achieve full coverage. Once the paint is dry, finish up by adding new grout and caulking as needed.
What type of paint should you use?
You can paint over a tile backsplash, but you need to make sure you use the right type of paint. You should use a high-quality acrylic paint that is specifically designed for use on tile.
Use a high-quality latex paint
High-quality latex paint is a good choice for painted backsplashes because it has a durable finish and can stand up to repeated cleaning. You can choose any color you like, but if you have an existing backsplash made of ceramic tile, glass mosaic, or tin, you’ll want to make sure the paint color you select complements the existing material.
Choose a color that you love
There are a lot of different colors to choose from when it comes to paint, and it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. If you’re painting over tile backsplash, you’ll want to choose a color that you love and that will complement your kitchen décor. You may also want to consider the type of paint you use. Some paints are designed specifically for tile backsplash, so be sure to read the labels carefully before making your purchase.
How often should you repaint the tile backsplash?
It is always best to follow the backsplash tile manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to painting over the tile backsplash. You should also take into consideration the amount of wear and tear that the backsplash tile will experience. If you repaint the tile backsplash every two years, you will be able to maintain the original look of the backsplash tile.
Repaint as needed
You can repaint your tile backsplash as often as you like, but we recommend doing it every 3-5 years to keep it looking fresh. If you notice any chips or cracks in the tile, you should repair them before repainting.