Painting Plastic Tiles
My feeling is that it would be better to just paint them and let the new owner look after them considering they might intend to renovate anyhow.
Krylon makes a spray paint specifically meant for plastic called "Fusion". Maybe give that a try.
If you don't like the look of painted tiles, you could try removing them. My building was full of plastic tiles, and I found an effective way to remove the tiles and the adhesive.
First off, the tiles themselves are not hard to remove. The adhesive is another thing, and if you don' know what you're doing, it's near impossible.
What you do is get yourself an electric heat gun, and I recommend the Milwaukee Model #8978 for this because it belts out tons of heat and is light enough to hold in one hand while using a "Nestor Scraper" (named after it's inventor) in the other.
To make my scraper, simply grab onto a single edge razor blade with a pair of needle nose style locking pliers. The long jaws of the locking pliers will hold the razor at a shallow angle for effective "shaving", but you're likely to nick the wall more than a few times before you finish. I haven't tried it, but I think dulling the razor with some sandpaper would tend to prevent it from digging into the plaster as much. Heat the mastic to soften it, and run the razor under it to scrape it off the wall. The mastic will stay soft as long as it's hot, but will harden up again when it cools.
The scraper is gonna get pretty toasty, so wear a leather glove in your working hand to protect it from the heat.
Last edited by Nestor_Kelebay; 07-13-2008 at 10:41 PM.