Bathroom tiling can be expensive to replace and installing a new splashback doesn’t seem like it’s worth the hassle, but these are two tiles areas that can definitely benefit from a facelift when selling your property.
Every day I face bathrooms and splashbacks that are less than favourable but more often than not, my clients’ budgets don’t stretch as far as replacing the tiles in these areas. For every dollar spent on the home, you should expect to receive two or three times that in the increased value of the property, but what happens if you don’t have that money to spend?
Painting tiles can be a good option if the market and price point of the house will accept this standard of finish rather than replacement of the tiles. Painting the tiles can also be a quicker option if you don’t have time to renovate. The key is to know whether it can be done, and done well.
Advice For Painting Tiles
Scott Cattell is the training manager at Haymes Paint, a DIY guru with more than 30 years of experience in this area. He says painting over tiles is not recommended as a long-term solution as the finish will not last as long as replacing the tiles. There is also a risk that, if not done correctly, the finish will come off and look worse than before you started, he says. This could mean you will need to spend further time and money fixing your botched attempt.
For those who consider painting tiles their best option, however, his expert advice centres on the key aspect of proper preparation. The surface must be clean and dry. Additionally, Scott recommends a little abrasion to break the existing gloss to help the new paint cling to the surface. A light sanding should do the trick. White Knight has a range of specific tile paints but brands like Haymes also have options to protect interior areas like bathrooms and splashback sections, such as its enviro-friendly water-based Ultimate epoxy coating, which comes as satin or gloss in a range of colours.[http://applicators.haymespaint.com.au/products-and-specifications/product-information/view/Ultimate-Epoxy-Coatings]
If your tiles area is outside your house, use something like the Ultimate single pack, [http://applicators.haymespaint.com.au/products-and-specifications/product-information/view/Ultimate-Single-Pack-Exterior-Coatings] a UV-stable sealer paint suitable for masonry surfaces. Paint according the specific instructions of the product you select. Hopefully this solution will be enough to impress potential buyers and add value to your home.
About Haymes Paint
[http://www.haymespaint.com.au/] Haymes is an award-winning Australian paint manufacturer and distributor which began in Ballarat, Victoria, in 1935. The fourth generation family business supplies premium quality products nationally through the paint retailers network for consumers, professional applicators, specifiers, architects and builders.