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Old 04-06-2010, 08:14 PM   #1
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Hi We are attempting to install a new kitchen for my daughter. We have a large supply of 4"white glossy ceramic tile. We need to change the color of the tile. I have read many sights that suggest roughing up the glossy tile and applying oil base primer and oil base paint. I also want to seal the tile/grout. Is there anything that is SAFE. Something eco-friendly would be nice, but it is a kitchen countertop and will come in contact with food. So in the event it passes to the food, I want to keep her safe. Thanks


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Old 04-06-2010, 08:44 PM   #2
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the paint you suggested will not work. Epoxy paints will work but must be sprayed and would not be considered eco-friendly. You can by good eco-friendly coatings from hawk-labs.com but these are not that DiY friendly


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I'm just a DIY guy, but I've never heard of anything to paint tile. Sell 'em and buy the color you want, or go w/ another material. Piece of mind is likely more refreshing than the money you're saving by using the tile you don't want. No?
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have you considered buying a closeout of a style you like? today for example i bought 100 4x4 travertine look a like ceramic tiles for 34 cents each at lowes. looking around your area for closeouts might be nearly the same cost as painting what you have. it would be less work and most likely more rugged.
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:44 AM   #5
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Seriously consider using an epoxy grout--They are completely stain resistant and safe around food.

Like others have said--Buy a tile that you like--I'd suggest a larger tile--easier to clean--less grout.
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Forget painting the tiles since the glaze is baked on. Eventually, the paint will peel and get into any food products placed on the counter. It will also look terrible. Counters are a long lasting project so do it correctly the first time.


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