To paint marble tile you must employ specific preparation and application strategies to avoid a finish that will chip and peel. Because paint doesn't stick well to marble tile, you must abrade the surface to promote adhesion. In addition, instead of applying a standard acrylic latex floor paint, you should coat the surface with a specific type of primer and paint to obtain a durable finish capable of standing up to a large amount of duress.
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Things you need
- Dish soap
- Coarse plastic brush
- Palm sander
- 200-grit sandpaper
- Blue painter's tape
- Oil-based primer
- Roller frame
- Roller extension pole
- 2 polyester roller covers
- Oil-based paint
- 2- to 3-inch oil-based paintbrush
- White spirit
Scrub the marble tile with soap. Rinse the surface thoroughly and allow it to dry before continuing.
Abrade the marble tile by sanding it. Load a palm sander with 200-grit sandpaper, and sand the tile in a circular, clockwise motion.
Cover areas you do not want painted with painter's tape.
Screw the roller frame into the extension pole, and slip a polyester roller cover onto the frame.
Apply a coat of oil-based primer to the marble tile, using the roller.
Allow the primer to dry for two hours.
Apply a coat of oil-based paint to the primed marble tile, using the roller loaded with a fresh, clean polyester roller cover.
Tips and warnings
- Clean all painting tools with white spirit.
- Prime and paint any areas inaccessible to the roller, using a 2- to 3-inch oil-based paintbrush.
- If you are painting marble tile on a fireplace, you do not need to use a roller extension pole.
- Soap can interfere with primer adhesion. Be sure to rinse the marble tile thoroughly.
- Never coat marble tile with acrylic latex floor paint, or the finish will peel.
- Do not paint over marble tile until it has been primed with an oil-based primer.
- Do not attempt to primer over marble tile that hasn't been abraded with sandpaper.
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