Painting your bathroom tiles is an easy way to give your bathroom a new lease of life. Follow our tips to get the best results.

Learn how to paint bathroom tiles

A lick of paint can transform your bathroom tiles.

  1. First, make sure your tiles are clean. Use hot soapy water and a scouring pad to remove any limescale deposits. Also, look to remove any signs of mould or mildrew (most likely in the grout lines) with a fungicidal wash. Rinse with clean water and allow the tiles to dry completely.
  2. As you would with any decorating project, be sure to cover any areas you don’t want to paint. Tape off the walls, cabinets, or the edges of any other surfaces that require protection with masking tape, and cover the floor with newspaper or an old sheet.
  3. Before you start painting, apply one coat of tile primer, and allow four hours for it to dry (if you use a specialist tile paint there’s no need to prime – simply skip to the next step).
  4. A specialist tile or ceramic paint is the best product for the job, but an oil-based enamel paint with a semi-gloss or high gloss finish is a great second option.
  5. Unless you’re painting a very small area, it’s best to use a roller to ensure you get even coverage. Use a brush to paint in between the grout lines and to tidy up the edges.
  6. Apply two coats and make sure you let the paint dry for at least four hours in between each coat.
  7. Wait 24 hours before exposing your newly painted tiles to water, and be sure to use non-abrasive cleaning products to keep your tiles looking fabulous for longer.
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