Painting is the best, quickest makeover option to avoid horrors related to retiling
RETILING is arguably one of the most gruelling parts of any renovation: removing the tiles is enough to make most people run for the hills.
Renovators have their own horror stories of continuous hammering and angle grinding, and the resultant shards and dust in their to-be-renovated bathrooms and kitchens.
Also, retiling is undoubtedly expensive and time-consuming; apart from the labour costs, replacing tiles can send any budget spiralling. So, what to do if you simply don’t have the time, budget or inclination to retile your bathroom or kitchen?
Paint it, says Russel Thomson, brand marketing manager at Prominent Paints South Africa, an integrated member of PPG.
“Yes, paint will do the trick and give you a quick makeover without breaking your back or the bank. Today’s paint technology and techniques are sophisticated and comprise most surfaces, including tiles. The most effort is really the surface preparation and priming, which will in turn ensure that your newly painted tiles do stand the test of time.”
The first step is choosing the paint colour and ensuring that it is steam resistant and suitable for areas like kitchens and bathrooms. The label will clearly indicate what indoor paints can be used for – water-or oil-based. The key is to read the label properly to ensure it can handle conditions that are less ventilated and more humid.
Second, and very important, is preparing the surface. Ensure the surrounding area is protected from any dust or paint.
Next, take a detergent and wash down the tiles to remove all dust and grease. For the grouted areas use a nail brush or other brush to get right into the joins. If there are any cracked or chipped tiles, these will have to be repaired or replaced to achieve the best possible result and a uniform finish.
Once you are sure the tiles are clean, wash them down again with clean water and let them dry.
Thomson says the next step is the most important as it for ms an integral part of achieving a high-quality final product.
“Priming is critical, as it seals, binds and ensures good inter-coat adhesion; so choose your primer accordingly. Again, the packaging is straight forward ; you can choose primer that has been designed for tiles or universal applications.
“Don’t cut corners; an inferior and low-priced product or primer that you used as part of an exterior paint job a year ago will put some serious cracks in your tile-painting efforts. As with any foundation, your priming efforts must be solid. Primer extends the lifetime of the paint – it can withstand elements such as rising damp as it offers better alkaline properties.”
He says applying the primer is relatively straightforward. Once the area is clean and dry use a synthetic bristle brush and coat the tiled area evenly – smooth vertical paint strokes help achieve an even coat.
Once you have coated the entire area you will need to leave the primer to dry, normally for several hours as indicated by the label instructions. Again, adhere to the drying time as it will contribute to the success of the final product.
After the primer is dry, rub down the entire surface with fine sandpaper and remove the dust with a lint-free cloth. Now apply the second coat of primer in the same way, and again rub down with some fine sandpaper and clean off with a lint-free cloth.
The next and final step is the most fun as all the preparation will start showing some results and will give you a very real idea of what the finished product will look like.
Take a natural bristle brush, or a synthetic brush if using a water-based paint, and apply the paint in much the same way as you did the primer. Once you have covered the entire area, leave the paint to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
After the paint has dried, continue with the second coat.