How to Paint Ceramic Kitchen Wall Tiles

What You'll Need
Fine grit sandpaper
Orbital sander
Mild commercial tile cleaner
Oil-based paint
Urethane finish
Dust sheets or old newspapers
Cleaning cloth
Nail brush
Bristle brush

Painting your ceramic kitchen wall tiles is easy. All you have to remember is that you have to remove as much gloss from the surface of the ceramic tiles that you are painting on so that the paint adheres to the ceramic tiles well. Below are the materials that you need along with the instructions on how to paint ceramic kitchen wall tiles.

Step 1 - Use Dust Sheets

Place various dust sheets at the bottom of the kitchen walls that you are repainting. This is to make sure that all the dusts from the sanding that you will do later on will be collected and easily disposed off. You can purchase dust sheets at your local hardware but if you do not want to use dust sheets you can also use old newspapers.

Step 2 - Clean the Kitchen Wall Tiles

Using a sponge and a mild abrasive commercial tile cleaner, clean the kitchen wall tiles thoroughly. Rinse with water to remove the soap grime. The abrasive cleaner will remove the gloss of your kitchen ceramic tiles so that it can be painted over. With a nail grout and bleach, clean the kitchen floor tiles some more and rinse the bleach and nail grout away with warm water. Allow your kitchen wall tiles to dry before painting.

Step 3 - Use the Sandpaper

Using a fine grit sandpaper remove the remaining gloss in your ceramic kitchen wall tiles. An orbital sander is perfect for this job. Sanding your ceramic kitchen wall tiles is the most essential aspect of painting your kitchen wall tiles as the quality of the surface that you are painting on will determine the longevity and quality of your paint job. Painting over glossy ceramic kitchen wall tiles will result to pain peelings in as early as one week so make sure to sand your ceramic kitchen wall tiles thoroughly before applying any paint.

Step 4 - Apply the Primer

Check for any remaining dusts on your ceramic kitchen wall tiles and wipe away the remaining dusts using a cloth. Apply a single coat of oil-based primer using a clean paint brush on your ceramic kitchen wall tiles. Allow the first coat to dry and then add another coating. Read the recommended drying time between each coating in the manufacturer’s label of the oil-based primer that you are using.

Step 5 - Re-sand

Using the same fine grit sandpaper, slowly sand the coat of oil-based primer to remove the primer bumps and even the surface of your ceramic kitchen wall. Wipe the dust away using a slightly wet cloth.

Step 6 - Apply the Paint

With a clean paint brush, apply the first coating of the oil-based paint on your ceramic kitchen wall tiles. You can control the hue intensity of your paint job by the number of paint coats that you will apply on your ceramic kitchen wall tiles. The more coats of oil-based paint you apply the darker the hue of your ceramic kitchen wall tiles. Make sure to follow the recommended drying time between each coat of your oil-based primer. Allow at least 2 days for the last coating of your oil-based paint to adhere into the ceramic tiles before proceeding to the next step.

Step 7 - Finish

Apply a clear urethane finish at the grout of the ceramic kitchen wall tiles with a bristle brush and allow the urethane finish to dry in accordance to its ideal drying period. Allow the finish to dry overnight.