How Do You Refinish Old Bathroom Tiles?
If you’ve been wondering how to refinish old bathroom tiles, you’re in the right place. Whether you’re attempting a DIY project or you’re hiring a professional to take care of your job, the process of refinishing old bathroom tiles takes just a few simple steps.
- Clean The Bathroom Tiles Thoroughly
First, your bathroom tiles must be cleaned thoroughly to remove mildew, soap scum, and the buildup of hard minerals. Your bathroom doesn’t have to look completely perfect, but the cleaner, the better.
- Etch The Tiles With Acid & Clean Them Again
When it comes to refinishing old bathroom tiles, preparation is everything. The next step is to etch the tiles with a special acid solution. This acid functions similarly to sandpaper, removing the glossy finish of the tile and replacing it with a matte finish.This is important because the enamel that will be painted onto your tiles needs a rough surface to adhere to. If it was sprayed directly onto a smooth, glossy surface, it would just peel away after a few months or years, leaving you with sub-par results.
Once the tiles have been etched with acid, they’ll be cleaned again to remove any remaining contaminants to ensure that the enamel can create a long-lasting bond on the tile surface.
- Replace Grout Or Caulk (If Necessary)
At this point, it may be a good idea to replace any worn-out caulk around fixtures like your toilet, bathtub, shower, or any other plumbing fixtures in your bathroom. If some of your tiles are loose, they may also need to be regrouted. This will ensure that you get long-lasting results from your bathroom tile refinishing project.
- Spray Multiple Coats Of Liquid Enamel
Once your tiles have been cleaned, prepared, and regrouted, it’s time to complete the process. Multiple layers of liquid enamel will be sprayed onto your tiles, covering up the original tile and giving it a brand-new, beautiful finish. After this, the tile must be left alone to cure for at least 12-24 hours before it’s walked on or exposed to water.
Want To Refinish Your Old Bathroom Tiles? Contact Us Today!
At A-1 Tile & Tub Refinishers, we can handle bathroom refinishing projects of all types. If your tiles are looking old and worn-out, we can refinish your old bathroom tiles and provide you with a beautiful bathroom you can feel proud of. Contact us online or call us at 908-705-2999 to get started.