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Old 02-23-2014, 08:11 PM   #1
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Hey all, I am in the process of painting my bath tub. I have been prepping it by removing all caulking and grout at the base. I accident broke a tile in the bottom corner of the tub.

I am not sure how to replace it. If I cut it out it is lathe & plaster on the back and I'm afraid it will break. Also, not sure I can find the right size to replace it. Any suggestions?
Here is a pic: http://s10.postimg.org/mm6r4g7w9/tile.jpg
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:30 PM   #2
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Can you post a picture a bit further back, please? One that shows the other tiles in the area?

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Old 02-23-2014, 08:56 PM   #3
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Here's one:
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i wouldn't worry about it. but that is just me.
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I wouldn't worry about it either just grout and caulk it, what I am curious about is.....YOU PAINTED YOUR BATHTUB??? Let me know how that turns out for you.
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Much better. The first jpg looked like a bad wall corner where it meets the ceiling.

Do you still have the chip? You may be able to glue it back into place and if you can find matching grout color use that to fill in the gap or skim over the area that is chipped.

Those tiles tend to be a standard size so if you are going to have any problems it'll be matching the color.

When you do get a replacement tile - get some gloves and safety glasses then scrap the grout out between the left and top joints of the chipped tile. A utility knife works fairly well for this.

The next thing you'd want to do is to try and pull the tile away from the wall. If it isn't going to move easily, start breaking the tile into pieces...about the size of your finger nail. Start breaking it where the chip is at and pull them away from the wall.

Once you get enough broken off, gently place a small pry bar or something stiff and angled and with moderate or better pressure - pull the rest away.
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Well if i replace the tile I am going to have to find the paint that matches the current tile. My only concern is damaging the lathe and plaster backing when I remove the old tile. I bought a kit of special paint specifically for painting your bath tub. Yes, you can paint your tub For $45 and I am hoping for great results!
http://youtu.be/GzGiW97iKeo
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I bought a kit of special paint specifically for painting your bath tub. Yes, you can paint your tub For $45 and I am hoping for great results!
http://youtu.be/GzGiW97iKeo
Hope springs eternal! Will look great as long as you never use the tub.
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Hope springs eternal! Will look great as long as you never use the tub.
Why do you have experience with this type of application? Please do tell.
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There is nothing about this application that will hold up long term or even remotely approach the durability of the original finish.
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As far as the tile you will cause more damage removing it than you want. Matching the color could be a nightmare. Leave it alone caulk around it and forget it.
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The reason they are hinting that it won't work is for many reasons.
1. It's a stainless steal tub with an enamel that is baked on at a super high heat that of coarse you can't get without burning your house down, unless that's an option?
2. It's a cast iron tub....same rules as above.
3. It's a vinyl tub and paint won't stick, especially after getting wet.
4. It's a fiberglass tub, same as number 3.

Paint and water don't mix, it's one of the reasons they don't paint a concrete shower stall, they tile it. Speaking of that I have a vague memory of a swimming pool with concrete mass shower stall all with pealing shades of different paint.

Good luck, listen to the experts....which is not me ;-)

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The least of your problems is going to be that small tile chip. Basically the tub looking like garbage within a month will be the focal point and you won't even notice the chip anymore. And when you said you'd have to find the paint that matches the tile, did you mean grout? You know the tiles aren't painted...well if tubs can be painted, then maybe you can
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The tile was painted almost 5 years ago with a melamine paint. It has held up very well and shows no signs of peeling. I just have to match the paint.

When people leave sarcastic remarks without any information backing their statement, I find it difficult considering them a 'professional'.
After all, this is a DIY forum isn't it?
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The tile was painted almost 5 years ago with a melamine paint. It has held up very well and shows no signs of peeling. I just have to match the paint.

When people leave sarcastic remarks without any information backing their statement, I find it difficult considering them a 'professional'.
After all, this is a DIY forum isn't it?
I've seen painted tiles last around ten years.

Your call on how you're going to deal with the tile based upon the replies.

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