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Old 01-18-2009, 07:13 PM   #1
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Painting Tile Backsplash

How difficult is it to paint a tile backsplash?


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Old 01-18-2009, 07:52 PM   #2
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Not any more difficult than painting anything else I suppose (assuming it is cleaned), but why on earth would you want to? It isn't anything that will add appeal or value to a kitchen or bathroom...It'll look like painted tile!


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For those of you wanting to paint a backsplash, this is what I painted in my kitchen, and I like it a lot. Plus, I redid the cabinets too.
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Old 02-04-2009, 03:22 PM   #4
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How about an opinion from the middle ground?

First of all you need to realize the reason glazed tile is chosen for bathrooms, showers and backsplashes is because nothing wants to stick to it! This includes paint.

Painting shower or bath tiles is not recommended. Between the water and scrubbing they will peel.

You might get away with painting a backsplash if you do the proper prep work. This includes sanding it to give it "tooth", in other words a rougher surface for the paint to stick to, and also using a good bonding primer and a high quality paint. I would recommend going to a real paint store, Sherwin-Williams or Benjamin-Moore for suggestions, not a big box store.

Also keep in mind this will be a delicate surface, you won't be able to scrub it like the original tile. If it starts to peel it can end up looking a lot worse than what you have now.
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