Tips for Using a Refinishing Kit to Update A Tile Shower and Tub
2. Preparation and Cleaning
There is a lot of cleaning prep work to do before you start. Since I’m not a fan of preparation usually, I was tempted to skip some steps. DON’T. Do the prep, as described on the packaging. If your surface is not completely clean, I don’t think the finish will last very long…just a hunch. The instructions also call for a light sanding of the surface before you begin. I did NOT do this step because our tiles are smooth porcelain and I did not think that I would be able to get a good uniform sanding job done on them with their slightly beveled edges, etc…plus, as I’ve already alluded to, I’m a smidge lazy.
The product is sticky, but goes on with a regular old paintbrush (that you will have to throw out after completing this project). I wish I could have simply rolled it on, but it wasn’t getting between the tiles that way, so I ended up painting the grids (vertical and horizontal grout lines) with a paintbrush. It took 2 coats with the paintbrush over the grids/grout lines combined with rolling two coats over top of the brushed paint.
Interested in other applications for this tile refinishing kit? See how Kelli used it on her integral sink.