Painting bathroom tiles

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2 years ago I bought a house. At that time, I don’t change my bathroom design. The previous owner painted white over the tiles in my tub. Now, the paint is flaking off, revealing the yellowed tiles below. How can I solution this?

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Thank you so much for your reply and informative suggestion.

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Yup ... the sledge hammer took out my bathroom in about 15 minutes. Demo, especially if you're not trying to save anything, goes quick. 

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When you hit tile with a hammer please wear eye protection for your safety, my suggestion would be a heavy scraper type tool and work in from an edge, it will often pop the tile from the backing. If not also replacing the tub, protect it with heavy cardboard or blankets so that it is not chipped from the falling tile

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thanks for your good suggestion

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JimBoone wrote:

When you hit tile with a hammer please wear eye protection for your safety, my suggestion would be a heavy scraper type tool and work in from an edge, it will often pop the tile from the backing. If not also replacing the tub, protect it with heavy cardboard or blankets so that it is not chipped from the falling tile

No doubt! I would think it goes without saying but good to remind. 

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On DIY TV I've seen them take a sledge hammer to bathroom tile and they have it down and cleaned up pretty quickly so they can put in new tile, or some other water-resistant wall material.

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It took sledge hammer and sawz-all to remove the fiberglass surround & plaster around our bathtub (it was impossible to remove it - we wanted a walk-in for Himself) down to studs. My daughter put up greenboard and then tile. (I got him a shower bench for the tub)

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I am having a bathroom re-tiled. Actually, we took the bathroom down to the studs and rerouted the plumbing. Put in a new floor as the old was 'soft' from years of a slow leak. Then new insulation, sheet rock and plaster ceiling and other walls  ... now the new tile. A long process and very expensive. These are very large tiles so less labor intensive than small tiles and it's still very rough ... but you get the idea.

 

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  I would look to get new tiles.  Pricey but nicer in the end.

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Sine they’ve already been painted I don’t know what choice you have but to repaint 

You have to buy a special epoxy for tile ... looks like the most work, like any painting project, is cleaning and prep

i found this video that shows all the steps

https://youtu.be/O9POAwWy0uM

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thanks for your video, seashanty

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I'm surprised the paint lasted as long as it did. Can't imagine painting bathroom tile and expecting it to last. I don't have your solution, but paint on tile is not it!

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