Q: Can you paint plastic tile on kitchen walls to give an updated look? What prep/paint?
original--60 yrs old, gray, black border (ugly) want to update w/o scraping it off the wall.
A: It's going to come back in style
As long as it is in areas not subjected to high moisture it can be painted
First it should be cleaned to remove dirt and grease.
Sand the surface to give it "grip"(always wear a dust mask when sanding)
Apply a coat of bonding primer XIM makes a good one as does Sherwin Williams or most other paint stores
Finish with 2 coats of good quality 100% acrylic paint.
If you are unsure do a test area of the whole system before doing everything
If the tile were in a wet environment or you are wanting the best possible chip resistance check out a product from XIM called Tile Doc.
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A: Painting Kitchen Tile
Very good answer Barry, from Remodelings Solutions, finding this very helpful.
Hitting the nail on the head when it comes to using XIM, as it is a self bonding primer which put XIM on the map for a very popular primer in recent 7 years.
What made this product so unique is that it may cost a little more than normal primers, however it is a time saver when you are painting over a slick finish such as Stain and Lacquer, not requiring to scuff the surface for bonding capabilities. Actually, this primer was tested and passed, that Formica and Glass can be painted, first using this product, with very little to no chipping later with a 100% Acrylic Latex Paint as finish coat.
As one can see, XIM is the State of the Art, and primer of choice, saving countless hours, elevating the sanding, scuffing up slick surface, which translates into saving money in the long run.
XIM comes in Alkyd and Acrylic, so testing a small area is always recommended as Remodelings Solutions suggested. An Alkyd formulation can give better bonding capabilities, but could "Melt" plastic surface before it dries, needing at least 8 hours at room temperature to dry properly.
Kitchen painting normally does not require much paint, but does require more preparations than other rooms, in the way of masking and caulking. Masking off cabinets and caulking edges where drywall meets other surfaces, will give nice crisp straight lines when painted, sealing out possible moisture concerns. Good luck painting your kitchen tile, checking back in, letting us know how it went.
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