How to Paint Travertine Tiles

  • 2-8 hours
  • Beginner
  • 50-100
What You'll Need
Mild detergent or cleanser
Resin filler

Travertine tiles are a form of limestone that is highly porous and fades easily when not given the proper care. Travertine tiles need to be sealed, painted and sealed again to produce a vivid, fine finish. Learn how to paint travertine tiles and make your tiles the ideal canvass for a home improvement activity.

Step 1 – Clean Travertine Tiles

Use a soapy mixture of mild detergent and water to thoroughly clean the surface of the tile. Use a sponge to mildly scrub the surface. Let the tiles dry.

Step 2 – Apply Sealant

Apply stone sealant to the tiles using a paintbrush. Due to the porous nature of travertine tiles, the sealant will help prevent absorption of the paint and will give better results.

Step 3 – Apply Paint

Use a paintbrush to apply the paint of choice. Remember that multiple light coats are better than applying a single thick coat. Let the paint dry for a few minutes before applying a second coat. Let the paint dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 4 – Apply Sealant

Apply a new coat of sealant to further protect the finish. Let dry.

Choose colors that are of the same shade as your existing travertine tile. This will help give you professional-looking results.