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What do I use to prepare external tiles for painting?

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by u587162, 25 Aug 2020.

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    I need to paint the tiles between my ground floor and first floor windows together with those on my porch and a line of brick tiles.

    I guess I should be using red tile paint (gloss or matt?) and how do I prepare the tiles for painting when the old paint is flaking and hasnt been painted in 40 years?
     
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    Anyone?
     
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    Why do you want to paint the tiles , the fact they are tiles paint will not last long on them .
     
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    Because it hasn’t been painted in 40 or so years and they’re flaking badly.
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    Looks like your neighbour has used Masonry Paint . Have a chat with them .
     
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    My neighbour painted his bricks - NO I'm not joking - every one individually. I couldn't work out how the builders had got a different red brick to mine ( semi. bungalows ) He told me, must have been 20 years ago he did it with masonry paint.
     
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    The brick pointer where I am currently working uses a Sika powder that he mixes with dilute PVA to touch in as required. The bricks are victorian red rubbers.

    My mum's house in west London has red rubbers that have been dyed. She has lived there since 1975. I have no idea when the bricks were dyed but her white glossed window sills still end up with red stains.

    If I ever find myself with 7 grand to spare I would happily pay him to use chemicals to pressure wash away the dye and re-point the house. The difference is stunning. I can walk around Ealing and be confident that I have a 95% chance of correctly guessing which houses he has pointed. It's like a signature, and I have only known him for about 3 years. Prior to that I had never appreciated the virtues of brick cleaning and pointing.
     
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    I am currently painting the exterior of a double fronted detached house. I wanted to buy brick red waterbased tile paint form my local supplier but post covid they were out of stock. I ended up using water based floor paint, the manufacturer assured me that it was UV safe.

    Use a wire brush to remove any loose paint, and or sandpaper. The finish will never be as good as one would hope for on windows or sills. Alternatively you can use some pretty evil Trade Only chemicals that you wash off with a pressure washer but that is messy and dangerous in the hands of a DIYer. Being a Trade Only product, you have minimum purchase sizes of 50L, way more than you need.
     
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    So after putting three coats of tile paint from B&Q during the good weather recently, this is the before and after effect. The wet look is just from the rain.

    I recommend anyone who is going to do this also paint the lead flashing (as I have done) above the tiles and also any mortar (as in above my porch) so that the colour matches. I've also painted the three lines of red bricks above the porch but not as yet above the sat dish and the few lines of bricks on the floor level.

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    Looks good.
     
  13. you copied your neighbour:LOL:.
     
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    as opposed to painting my tiles green, bricks with barbers paint and having some lovely gnomes outside?
     
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