Repaint old tiles

Instructions and information for tradespeople

Do you have customers who wants to renovate their kitchen walls without knocking off old tiles and suffering for several days from the dust? Then here is the perfect solution: simply offer to repaint the old tiles instead of replacing them. Create a new look and colour scheme in your customer's kitchen and a satisfied smile on their face. Kitchen renovation can be quick, clean and professional.

Your customer moves into their new home, an old building which needs renovating. The kitchen cabinets are still okay, but the old tiles - in brown and orange - make the room look very dark and small. Time is limited and they want to quickly make it more stylish and modern. As a painter and decorator, you can offer a quick solution: simply repaint the old tiles with a 3-in-1 tile paint. Whether white, red or green: your customer can choose between numerous colours from the 3-in-1 range of tile paints to create a kitchen in their desired colour.

How can old tiles be repainted with an even application of paint without see how it was applied?

The answer is clear - with a paint sprayer, the tile paint can be sprayed on evenly and also gets a desired paint coverage.

Spraying or painting on wall tiles?

One of the key advantages of spraying is it is a contactless paint application. The structure of the original surface is preserved - in contrast to the manual application of paint with a roller or brush. On a smooth surface, the direct contact of paint application with a roller or brush leads to visible roller marks or brush strokes on the surface. Even in the case of textured surfaces, such as artexed ceilings or walls, woodchip wallpaper or tiles the existing structure is retained when spraying.

Rolled: The layer of paint is irregular. The surface texture is lost.

Sprayed: The paint layer is homogeneous and even. The condition of the surface is preserved.

Rolled: The paint layer levels the surface. The surface texture is lost.

Sprayed: The paint layer is homogeneous and even. The surface condition is preserved.

What you need to paint old tiles:

  • Paint spray system from WAGNER, e.g. FinishControl 3500
  • Green tile paint + tile sealing, e.g. from Jäger Lacke
  • White spirit
  • Tile cleaner
  • Cleaning cloth, sponge
  • Masking material, protective equipment such as gloves and a respirator
  • Screwdriver, spatula and stirrer

Five steps to newly painted tiles in the kitchen

Cover the kitchen base units with tape and film. Remove objects that are not to be coated, such as the wall units.

The old tiles and joints must be intact before they can be repainted: if there are broken ones or cracks, fill them in beforehand with a waterproof filler. Don't forget to sand after drying. Thoroughly remove all dirt from the tiles. First remove adhesive or silicone residues with a scraper and then clean the surfaces with a cloth soaked in white spirit. Use a tile cleaner to clean the entire surface of limescale and dirt. The tiles are then rinsed with water so that there is no cleaner residue on the tiles. As soon as the tiles are dry, wipe the entire surface again with a cloth to remove the dust. Make sure that you have now removed all sources of dust and also avoid creating dust from any drafts.

Tip: The right room temperature is important: In order for the tile paint to be applied properly, you must store it at a temperature of approx. +22 ° C at least one day before the project starts. For the best painting result, the room temperature and the temperature of the tiles must be above +22 ° C during the entire processing and the 5 day curing time. The optimum relative air humidity is 50%, which can be achieved easily by heating.

In the example, we used the Aqua tile paint from Jäger Lacke in addition to the WAGNER FinishControl 3500 XVLP paint sprayer to paint the old tiles. This is a one-component, 3-in-1, water-based tile paint that contains the primer, top coat and sealant all in one. The paint adheres directly to the old tiles and joints - without sanding, without primer and has very good covering properties. The paint can be tinted with Mixol® in pastel shades. Stir the paint well, dilute it with 10% water and pour it into the (800 ml) sprayer paint attachment. 

Now spray the tile paint at a distance of approx. 3-10 cm, parallel to the tile surface with a consistent working speed. You will achieve a very even coat if you always spray at a right angle. This also reduces the spray mist to a minimum.

Tip: How can old tiles be painted in just one step? Simply spray in a cross-coat to achieve a thicker layer of paint and the tiles are covered with a single coat. For this purpose, the spray jet can be adjusted on the sprayer, so you always have the correct paint jet direction depending on the direction you are working.

Now the coating has to dry and harden - the new tile paint is touch-dry after only 30 minutes. If a second layer on the old tiles or a further sealing is necessary, this can be done after 4-5 hours of drying time.

The tiles behind the stove are always exposed to steam and splashes. Frying fat in particular settles in the joints and on the tiles. We therefore recommend applying an additional, special sealant in this area. To do this, briefly clean the paint from the spray attachment, spray the tile area that is to be sealed again. This prevents dried paint or dust particles from getting into the seal. Mix a hardener with a wet room sealant according to the material manufacturer and refill the spray attachment.

The whole thing must now dry thoroughly and harden - advise the customer not to let water or grease splash on the newly coated tiles for the next 5 days. The tiles are then fully operational again.

The result: satisfied customers!

The old tiles and joints are simply sprayed with paint. Within just one day, the customer has a renovated kitchen with newly painted tiles in the colour of their choice and all without the annoying dust, high costs and a long renovation.

Repaint tiles with our XVLP devices

FinishControl 3500

FinishControl 3500

The hand held XVLP machine

FinishControl 5000

FinishControl 5000

The all-round solution for projects up to 50 m²