Painting Tile Countertops
It is no well kept secret that going with tile for a countertop is an expensive option. Replacing an entire set of countertops that are damaged is no small endeavor either. Consider instead painting tile countertops that have lost their appeal. You will need a week to complete the process and a few supplies from your hardware store before getting started.
Prior to painting tile countertop you should scour the surface of it to aid in adhering the paint of your choice to the surface. Use trisodium phosphate diluted with water and a sturdy brush to accomplish this first step. The chemical is harsh enough to roughen the surface of tile which means that you should be protecting your hands with rigid gloves as you harsh the surface of the tile. After the scrubbing is complete, take a wet sponge to it and clean off any residue before leaving it to dry.
The next step of painting your tile countertops is to protect the rest of your kitchen from your restoration efforts. Painter’s tape should be applied to any surface or appliance next to your tile. This includes any walls, windows, or sinks that happen to be part of your kitchen. Your flooring can be easily protected by laying down painter’s plastic. However, you should remove any unnecessary decorative or cooking items from the vicinity if you want to be sure they aren’t going to get in the way while you are painting the tile countertops.
Before you begin painting the tile countertops you need to apply a coat of primer. Use a sealing a primer and brush it on for the best effect. Smooth out any drips or uneven spots as you go and then let the primer cure for at least twenty-four hours. It is dry when it has lost its tackiness and you can begin the actual painting of the tile countertops. Oil-based paints work the best and typically have the most color options. Apply it in several thin layers and allow a period for the paint to dry instead of glopping it all on in one attempt. This will help you keep the color even as well as avoid any runs or brush marks. The last coat of paint should be left to cure for around forty-eight hours or until it is completely dry.
It is important that the paint is perfectly dry before you apply a first coat of polyurethane gloss. Use a brush for this step but do not try to do this too quickly. Take your time and create an even coat before leaving it to dry for eight to twelve hours. Then take a piece of sandpaper with your hand and scour the gloss just enough to leave it dull. Brush a second coat of the gloss on and then repeat the process after another period of eight to twelve hours. The third layer of gloss should be the last one. Let the countertops cure for several more days before you resume normal use.