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Old 08-24-2010, 05:00 PM   #1
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can you paint over tile board in shower

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Can you, yes
Should you? Probably not.

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For the best results scratch the surface with sandpaper, prime and paint with the best quality exterior latex paint that you can find, i.e. Sherwin Williams Duration. I would not use a poly topcoat as the primer adhesion is not optimal in this situation and you will have a mess when it comes time to do touch ups after awhile.

Be careful when cleaning the shower to not use abrasive cleaners.
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This is a recipe for disaster.
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I've seen some home improvement TV shows where they use some kind of special (enamel? epoxy?) coating, designed for that purpose, to recolor tile and/or bathtub surfaces.
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As I said it can be done but what you see on the home inprovement shows and what happens in real life are 2 different things. Using an exterior paint as suggested, is as quoted, a recipe for disaster. Hiring a professional tub refinisher would be you're best bet. If you really want to do it yourself, maybe this link will help.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5887268_refi...oxy-paint.html
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As I said it can be done but what you see on the home inprovement shows and what happens in real life are 2 different things. Using an exterior paint as suggested, is as quoted, a recipe for disaster. Hiring a professional tub refinisher would be you're best bet. If you really want to do it yourself, maybe this link will help.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5887268_refi...oxy-paint.html
I have actually done this a few times in rental properties that my bro owns 10+ years ago. The tenants for some reason or another decided it would be great to use an abrasive cleaning agent to the plastic tub surround.

The next tenant was there for three years before moving out and I was satisfied to find that the paint was well adhered and just needed a little cleaning. We did this several times more after that when we came across similiar damage to the plastic surrounds in the other apts.


Is it a receipe for disaster....... no.
Will it improve the look of your tile........ perhaps.
Is it a permanent solution..... no, neither is glazing applied by a pro.
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use a marine paint...not only can you change the color,but it will keep your barnacles in check
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You are going to spend more time painting it than you would replacing it.
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I have actually done this a few times in rental properties that my bro owns 10+ years ago. The tenants for some reason or another decided it would be great to use an abrasive cleaning agent to the plastic tub surround.

The next tenant was there for three years before moving out and I was satisfied to find that the paint was well adhered and just needed a little cleaning. We did this several times more after that when we came across similiar damage to the plastic surrounds in the other apts.


Is it a receipe for disaster....... no.
Will it improve the look of your tile........ perhaps.
Is it a permanent solution..... no, neither is glazing applied by a pro.
The point for me in giving advice to people here is to steer them in the right direction. Perhaps there is a unique circumstance in which it makes sense to paint a shower stall with exterior paint, but under no circumstance is this the preferred way to do it. Being a DIYer should mean learning how to do things right, not just finding a half-assed way to get by.
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The point for me in giving advice to people here is to steer them in the right direction. Perhaps there is a unique circumstance in which it makes sense to paint a shower stall with exterior paint, but under no circumstance is this the preferred way to do it. Being a DIYer should mean learning how to do things right, not just finding a half-assed way to get by.
Perhaps Marlene wanted a cheaper alternative to have a pro replace the tile surround. We don't need to take a vote to know that painting a plastic surface is not the best route to go here, especially if Marlene is seeking a more permanent maintainence free solution.

Marlene, if I misguided you I apologize.
Plan on replacing the surround, but before you will do try painting it first since you might like the results. It can be done.

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