Let’s see together how to bring bathroom tiles back to life, or change their decoration, without resorting to expensive renovations.
If the tiles in your bathroom are badly reduced, or you are simply tired of the color and would like to change it without going through a costly renovation, there are several alternative methods that allow you to obtain a good result at a much lower cost.
Obviously the bathroom is the first room we thought of, as it is the one where the coverings occupy most of the surfaces; the different methodologies examined in our article, however, can also be used for the kitchen tiles and for the floors of the other rooms.
Painting the tiles
One of the simplest and least expensive interventions is to paint the tiles , and it is usually also the one used most often. In this case, in fact, no special skills are required and anyone can try their hand at the job, as long as they respect the standard rules that are usually adopted during painting: cover the floor with plastic sheets, in order to prevent it from getting dirty. of paint for tiles , and use the mask and the overalls, so as to protect clothes, skin, eyes and respiratory tract.
This simple methodology already offers several alternatives, subordinated first of all to the type of tiles and the room in which they are placed. Leaving aside the floors, which we will return to later when we talk about resins, for now we will focus our attention on the bathroom tiles. The first step is to carefully choose which tile paint to buy; the paint for bathroom tiles must have very specific characteristics, in fact, it must be resistant to water, humidity, heat, shocks, scratches and washing with chemical products and degreasing detergents.
The paint tile also can draw directly on surfaces without the need for a layer of a primer layer, adhere well even on glossy surfaces, non-porous and have a high hiding power. There are three specific types on the market: enamel for tiles , enamel for bathroom fixtures and shower trays and resin for tiles.
The enamel is ideal for both bathroom and kitchen tiles , it is available in a wide choice of colors and shades and is extremely easy to apply because it does not require dilution or preparation, takes on a brilliant finish and is extremely resistant over time. .
The specific enamel for bathroom fixtures and the shower tray, on the other hand, is a two-component paint, that is, it consists of two distinct products that must be mixed together at the time of use; furthermore, once applied and dried, it requires the application of a further coat of ceramic finishing varnish. The use of this paint, however, is only necessary if you intend to paint the bathroom fixtures as well as the coatings
The resin for tiles
We dedicate a specific paragraph to resin, however, because it is a product that is subject to a longer application cycle and therefore requires greater attention. Even the resin for painting tiles is made up of two distinct products that must be mixed at the time of use, such as enamel for sanitary ware, but unlike the latter it is much more expensive; on the other hand, it offers a much higher yield both from an aesthetic point of view and from that of durability and resistance.
This solution is especially suitable for the refurbishment of floors; thanks to specific leveling bases, in fact, the resin can fill the joints and create continuous surfaces able to completely hide the old tiles from view. In addition, there are also resins suitable for covering the wall tiles and for renovating the bathroom fixtures.
On the market you can find different types, depending on the effect you want to obtain or the surface to which they are intended; some are made especially for vertical surfaces, for example, then there are thin-layer resins, with an enameled effect, resins for glazing, for finishes and with a spatulated spatula effect. The latter allow to give a completely different appearance to the surfaces where they are applied, as they create a layer that reproduces the appearance and texture of different materials, from concrete to stone.
How to cover the tiles without removing them
Another way to renovate the tiles without first removing them is to cover them with a new coating. This solution might seem absurd at first glance, because applying a new tile coating without first removing the old one would further increase the thickness. In reality you can find on the market special products designed specifically for this purpose.
We are referring in particular to 3 mm thick tiles, which consequently can be laid on floors without even creating problems in opening the doors. Despite being so thin, they are made of stoneware and therefore extremely resistant, and can be applied directly to old coatings using normal tile glue.
The only recommendation, in this case, is to be very careful during the preparation of the adhesive substrate and the subsequent laying of the tiles, so as not to create unevenness or irregularities on the surfaces. Furthermore, given their reduced thickness, the use of a tile cutter is recommended to perfectly shape the squares to be inserted in corners and bottlenecks.
As we mentioned generically in one of the previous paragraphs, if the painting or bathroom renovation works are done in a do-it-yourself way, it is important to take precautionary measures.
This warning is especially true if you choose to use resin instead of paint; In fact, during the mixing of the components, invisible but potentially harmful exhalations are produced, so in addition to ventilating the rooms well, it is very important to have a mask with filters. Since the fluid resin could also be aggressive on the skin, it is also advisable to wear latex gloves and goggles, or a transparent screen for complete face protection.