Painting shower tile?

Anyone ever paint shower tiles?

Seems to be good and bad stories online about doing it.

This is the best stuff I could find.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleum-Specialty-1-qt-White-Tub-and-Tile-Refinishing-Kit-7860519/202246270



Any other recommendations on what kind of primer and paint to use?

In. Please let us know if you do this and how it looks. I didn’t even know it was a thing, I would imagine it looks terrible.  

If I sell my house I’ll probably try it. I have one tub that has permanent stains from a floor mat in there for a long time. 

There is a mixture of results, some good some bad when I read the reviews. Same boat here. Might want to rent out our place and the shower needs to look nicer, but don't want to spend $8000 on new tiles and shower pan if I can spend maybe $500 or so to just prime and paint the existing tiles.

Here is someone that did it (with a link to an update a year later): http://www.domesticimperfection.com/2013/11/how-to-refinish-outdated-tile/

If you can prep the tile good enough, it will come out better than you'd expect. I did kitchen counters in a house a flipped last year. I was really impressed, but I also spent a long time prepping (cleaning, scrubbing, sanding). When it fully dried, it was a hard shell. Only issue I noticed was that sliding metal on hit would leave gray lines.

I was happy with it as a quick way to brighten up a kitchen.

It's all mostly garbage.

Had a friend that did it for awhile, using chemical etches and all and it didn't hold up long.

They way I understand it is there are some industrial coatings that do hold up but they don't sell to the general public.

GenericAmerican what painting material did you use, the above Rustoleum?

Yes, that same product.  I ordered on Amazon because they were sold out around here.  The first package came and the smaller "activator" can had leaked.  They told me to keep it and they shipped me another one, which worked out great because I had enough to do 3 coats.

I realized I had a folder of pictures from that house flip.  I didn't take specific "before & after" shots, so these are as good as I can do.

Before:

 

During prep (not sure this was necessary, but grout was gross and dark and I knew there was no going back once I started paiting):

 

After:


 

How well it holds up is unfortunately not something I can tell you.  

I know a professional painter in town who used to refinish tubs and showers, but he stopped offering the service because he couldn't guarantee how it would turn out.  So obviously it worked well enough for him to do it for a while, just more trouble than it's worth for him in the long run.

From what I've seen, you really want to avoid the spraypaint version.

Wow awesome pics and info Generic, thanks!

I think if we spend a boatload of time prepping and priming the tiles before we paint them, it might work out ok. Worth trying for a few hundred dollars (including new shower doors) before spending thousands of dollars on an entirely new shower.

Realized I had the real estate listing photos too, so you can see how it looked with everything done.

i am a painters helper...i asked him this question few months ago if you can paint shower tiles. he said don't ever paint shower tiles it will turn out like shit and wont work.

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Realized I had the real estate listing photos too, so you can see how it looked with everything done.

Holy blue cabinets!

I had a oink bathtub when I moved it my house so we used "tough as tile" paint. It held up for about a year be for it started to chip away. I've touched it up a few times but if I were to do it again I would just reolace the tub. I'm sure it will be the same for tile. If it is not a high traffic area you will probably be fine.

Currently redoing my bedroom bathroom, that required tearing out old fiberglass stall and expanding to a tiled walk-in.  Cement boarded, pre-slope, shower pan packed, cured, and waiting to tile.  Probably 600 in and around 400 for the new tile.  Not to difficult, but sealing it well is key.  Tile it.

Seriously

I would not advise it. It's a shit show of a job and never quite works as expected. If it's only a small area it would be better to strip/re waterproof/re tile.

I'm a builder.

Good luck with whatever you choose to do.

Also.

To clean grout...Use white vinegar and a grout brush...It makes it look brand new

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GenericAmerican -

Realized I had the real estate listing photos too, so you can see how it looked with everything done.

Holy blue cabinets!


Apparently it's a trend. I let my wife and our agent (who is also a friend) pick the colors. I wasn't crazy about the color, but we got a full price offer the first day we listed it.

Can you put new tiles over the older tile instead of painting them ?

GenericAmerican -
MasterRooster - 
GenericAmerican -

Realized I had the real estate listing photos too, so you can see how it looked with everything done.

Holy blue cabinets!


Apparently it's a trend. I let my wife and our agent (who is also a friend) pick the colors. I wasn't crazy about the color, but we got a full price offer the first day we listed it.

A trend where?  Latin America? Glad it worked out for you, but that is horrendous.

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GenericAmerican -
MasterRooster - 
GenericAmerican -

Realized I had the real estate listing photos too, so you can see how it looked with everything done.

Holy blue cabinets!


Apparently it's a trend. I let my wife and our agent (who is also a friend) pick the colors. I wasn't crazy about the color, but we got a full price offer the first day we listed it.

A trend where?  Latin America? Glad it worked out for you, but that is horrendous.

The people who bought it were of the Latin persuasion, but regardless, here is some evidence of the trend.

http://www.impressiveinteriordesign.com/two-tone-kitchen-cabinetsa-concept-still-in-trend/

 

http://eyefordesignlfd.blogspot.com/2014/04/decorate-your-kitchen-with-two-tone.html

http://horizonremodelinginc.com/kitchen-remodeling-tips-to-choose-the-right-color/

 

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/310537336791471352/

 

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/388717011580363830/?lp=true