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Old 08-04-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
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We have square tile countertops in our kitchen and want to know if they can be painted, and what to use.

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Old 08-04-2013, 10:21 PM   #2
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Yes you can paint them.Cleaning is key.Several manufacturers have epoxy kits just for tile applications.I have used Rustoleum specialty tub and tile, it has an epoxy in the kit that is made for high gloss tile it is supposed to imitate pocelain when finished.Only problem with it though you are limited in color choices.If you have a matte tile you can use an oil enamel but either way it should be scuffed with sandpaper.

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In a word......NO! As I have said many times on DIY Chatroom. ..........in the history of bad ideas, painting tile is definitely in the top 5.
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Gymshu I have to respectfully disagree.I painted a neighbors bathroom tile and tub with the Rustoleum kit over 4 years ago and it still looks great.I know that a counter top will get more wear but I think it would hold up ok with as long as you didn't use an abrasive cleaner on it.
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I will mediate here. It CAN be done but (IMO) it should NOT be done by a DIY
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I will mediate here. It CAN be done but (IMO) it should NOT be done by a DIY
Let me go one step further.

It CAN be done but (IMO) it should NOT be done by anyone.
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I'll take it to the next step; Someone already screwed the pooch when they put tile on a counter top in the first place so you have absolutely nothing to loose by painting it.
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Tiles look better in their own original beauty. So paint on tiles would not appropriate and it is not reliable.
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First and foremost: The reason tile is so popular in kitchens and baths is because NOTHING WANTS TO STICK TO IT. This includes paint.

With the right products and prep, you can paint it, but it will be a very delicate surface ruined by the first person who forgets to use a cutting board.
AND IT WILL LOOK LIKE PAINTED TILE.

Another vote for "Don't do it".
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It will always look like you painted or whatever over tile.

And do you really want paint chips in your salad?

I've heard thick paint tastes like chicken.

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