Of all the surfaces that need refinishing, ceramic tile is also the one that can be the most problematic. Porous materials like wood and drywall take well to acrylic-latex paint. Enamels stick to metal, and they work especially well when the metal is sanded or scuffed in advance. But ceramic tile has a couple of factors that work against it, at least in terms of painting.
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XIM Tile Doc Epoxy Acrylic Coating Aerosol
It is the rare paint that actually advertises its tile-coating ability right there on the label. But Rust-oleum's XIM Tile Doc is formulated and designed just for tile, since its glossy sheen is meant to hold up to hot, soapy water. XIM Tile Doc sprays on with little effort and dries to use within three days. This epoxy-modified acrylic paint requires xylene for clean up. One downside is that it comes in only one color: white.
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Valspar Terracotta Touch
Valspar Terracotta Touch is made specifically for tile and glass, as well as wood, metal, and plastic. Because this is a spray paint meant for creating a suede-like or stone texture, you greatly increase your chance of achieving a consistent surface capable of hiding minor flaws. One downside is that spray paint mist can be difficult to confine indoors, even when you take precautions.
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Rust-Oleum Tile Transformations
Rust-Oleum leads the way in producing coatings for hard-to-coat surfaces. Tile Transformations is their most popular tile paint. Unlike XIM Tile Doc, Tile Transformations produces a lightly textured stone-like surface. With a choice of fourteen colors in the pastel-gray-blue spectrum, Tile Transformations offers up more choices than XIM. This is a two-part kit that starts with a bonding coat and finishes with a top coat that is ready to use within 24 hours. If you are hesitant about painting your tile, you may want to go with this type of complete two-step kit.
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Valspar Premium Enamel Spray Paint
If you're looking for a greater range of choices than Tile Transformations can offer, you may want to consider Valspar's Premium Enamel Spray Paint. All forty-seven of these solid colors, in either flat, satin, or gloss, dry to the touch in about one hour. Valspar expressly notes that this paint can be used for ceramic tile, stone, and terracotta.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Rust-Oleum Tub and Tile Refinishing Kit
In addition to XIM and Tile Transformations, Rust-Oleum also has a little-known product that works well for ceramic tile, an epoxy acrylic tile paint. It is less expensive than Tile Transformations but only comes in three colors: white, almond, and biscuit. As a two-part paint kit, two substances need to be mixed together and then applied as one, as opposed to a two-step bonding agent plus top coat mixture of Tile Transformations.