Where to find self-priming tile paint?
April 17, 2006 8:11 AM   Subscribe

I've seen several DIY shows on BBC America where ceramic wall tiles are painted using products described as 'new' - within the last 5 years - tile primers followed by paint and more recently, self-priming tile paint applied directly to the tiles. I've searched DIY sites and googled extensively, but I've yet to find a source in the US.
posted by carriest to Home & Garden (3 answers total)
I'd be interested too. My disabled mother would like a less slippery surface in her tiled shower stall. I would like to know about how these hold up in wet conditions.
posted by Gungho at 8:21 AM on April 17, 2006

I had my bathroom tile painted white, over the flowery old-lady tile, nearly two years ago, using the self-priming paint. It's worn well, but tile paint is only ever intended to be a temporary fix and it's starting to flake in places now. It extended the life of my 40-year-old bathroom by another couple of years but it'll need to be re-done soon, or (my plan) a new bathroom fitted.

Before and after 1, 2

The paint doesn't appear to be available in the US (my own Google-fu has shown only British or Australian sources). But if you're looking for something that's going to last longer than a couple of years, re-tiling may be the best solution.
posted by essexjan at 8:35 AM on April 17, 2006

I painted over my grey and pink graphic design cerramic tile kitchen backsplash with green paint several years back - it still looks just as good as it did the day I finished.

I don't understand why you can't find this paint in the U.S. I bought my supplies at Home Depot, which is in the U.S. Or surely any similar store nearby you ought to have it or be able to order it in for you.
posted by orange swan at 10:29 AM on April 17, 2006

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