How to paint melamine, tiles and wallpaper
You will need:
Foam roller and tray
- Paint brushes
- Specialist paint for surface
- Masking tape
- Grout reviver
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Time to complete job: Most paints only require 1 or 2 coats at the most. A small kitchen floor would take 1-2 hours, plus overnight drying time.
Approximate budget: Paints cost from around £8 per litre.
Old melamine furniture and worktops can also be transformed with the new paints made especially for this surface.
Clean the old surface with soapy water and allow to dry. Some makers recommend lightly sanding the surface to provide a good 'key' for the paint. Check the instructions first. Just make sure all surfaces to be painted are grease free, and sanded if necessary, so the new paint will get a good grip on the surface.
Use masking tape to protect the handles or any other furniture, or remove them with a screwdriver. Use a melamine primer paint to coat the surface. A foam roller will give the smoothest finish. Add the new top coat colour, again using a foam roller, and allow to thoroughly dry.
Preparing and painting tiles
Painting over tiles is a good solution if retiling is too expensive or too much trouble.
You can get paints that can be painted on without a primer or undercoat. Providing you choose a good brand, these should be fine, although the colour range may be limited.
Wash down thoroughly using sugar soap to remove all dirt and grease. Allow to dry thoroughly, making sure the grout is dry.
If the grout is in poor condition scrape it out, paint, then regrout - this method gives the most authentic finish. If the grout is in good condition, you can just paint over it though.
You can use other types of paint, too, but you need to use a glass or tile primer first, Start by applying a primer. Then sand down lightly and apply a second coat if instructed to do so by the manufacturer.
If not then apply the undercoat over the sanded surface – a small sponge roller is usually the best method of painting, but a brush will do. Finally, apply two thin topcoats, avoiding drips and runs.
Wallpaper should be treated in the same way as other wall surfaces. Prepare the wall by washing off any dirt and grease but use a damp rather than wet sponge so that the paper isn't damaged. Fill any holes with a plaster filler and use a ready-mixed border adhesive to stick back any areas that have peeled away from the wall.
Paint with your chosen emulsion colour using a roller or wide brush. If the paper is heavily patterned, you will probably need to apply two coats of paint. Test a small area so that you can budget for enough paint for two coats if needed.
Tip: Heavily embossed papers may be easier to paint with a brush.