my bathroom is tiled top to bottom (dated green sort of colour), there
are no loose tiles and it looks quite solid apart from a few raw plugs
drilled in here and there.
has anybody here got an opinion about painting over tiles? i was going
to try this but thought i'd ask before going to get some paint. the
tiles are smallish and square. i dont think theres any more layers of
or would tiling over be better? interested to hear views/experience of
I was in a similar situation to the OP, except I had one wall
half-tiled. Removing those was a PITA and caused a lot of damage to the
plaster and I didn't want to have to skim the whole bathroom (and wait
however long you need to wait before you tile over new plaster).
So I decided to tile over the old ones... I knew it could be done, but
to make sure, I read John Schmitt's Tiling FAQ...
Abrade... Yes, very good John :o)
I tried coarse glass paper by hand, but it was going to take forever. I
tried a detail sander with coarse paper, but after 2 minutes on one 4"
tile, all I had to show for my efforts was a slight dulling of the
shine. I tried an electric drill with a sanding disk and ended up with a
satin finish on said tile. I dug out some heavy-duty, really coarse,
disks that last saw service removing aeons of accumulated rust from a
Triumph Herald chassis..... and ended up with a tile as shiny as it had
started, except it was now black....
Then I remembered the cheap angle-grinder I'd bought to cut slots for
the shower pipework. It came with two free disks, one for metal, one for
Just make sure you wear a good mask. Seriously.
anything to avoid dust... painting seems like the best option for me
after removing kitchen tiles i decided it would be a good idea to
start chipping away at the plaster too with a wallpaper scraper (as i
thought this would mean less work for the plasterer).
the amount of dust i created, very fine sandy sort of dust was
surprising. later on there was a layer of it in all the other rooms.
i cant stand the stuff. i didnt wear a mask either as i didnt think id
be creating much dust, hope it isnt too dangerous?
anyway i will try first cleaning the tiles and using tile paint and
see how it goes. i am starting to think that i should just do my day
job and pay a professional to do the work. its just ive moved into my
own place at last and wanted to get property developing. that sarah
beeny makes it look too easy!
Done both: tiled over utility room, painted in cloakroom (Kryton or
Painting was a doddle - follow the instructions and get a surprisingly
good finsih. For a while. Any nicks or abrasions (and anything but the
lightest wipe down can cause these, or a heavy hand with a bath-toy,
shower head, mop handle, etc etc) starts to allow the paint to peel
away: once the surface is damaged, furtehr demage is unavoidable as the
paint has o inhernet adhesion it seems except when in one large film. It
degrades more quickly along beads of sealant, say).
Tiling - bit harder work, but a doddle and as robust as any tied
surface. Didn't abrade aything and they've been stuck fast for 5 years
or more. Just made sure the new tiles were 'offset' from the old ones
so they were't directly on top - iow the adhesie could grab the grout
lines of the iold tiles, not just the old tile faces.
Keep a few spare new tiles as you do risk cracks if you give a sharp
knock to a new tile where there's an inadvertant 'void' of adhesive
If you're after a quic freshen up to sell the house: paint; if you're
staying a while: tile.