this product is amazing and can give a whole new look to a worn out bathroom. our tub and tile surround was an ochre color straight from the 70′s– in not in a cool, hip, retro way. the bad 70′s way. unfortunately, our tub surround was not the right material for the refinishing process so we were only able to paint the ochre tile border. so, we figured, why not try this refinishing kit? if worse comes to worse then we have to replace the tile anyway!
there are 2 kinds of kits, a spray paint or a brush on paint. we chose the paint on kit as we were more comfortable with our skills using that kind of paint than a spray. so, i should mention here that this review and usage is for the brush on kit!
the kit comes complete with almost everything you need for the job. there are a few changes that i would recommend for better usage. the kit comes with the epoxy [only comes in white and cannot be tinted] paint, which dries with a sheen that makes it look porcelain. the kit also comes with gloves, steel wool, a paint brush, and a powder cleaner. there are three things i would suggest to add to your shopping cart: really good, multi-surface painter’s tape, a miniature [or you choose which size you think will work best for your project] roller with a normal texture, and a rolling pan to pour the paint in. the brush that comes with the kit is great for a tight corner but i found that the coverage was streaky. the roller makes the paint go on so smoothly and evenly.
- my space was small and chances are if you are working in a bathroom, it’s smaller too, so make sure the space is well ventilated.
- put on your gloves and start by prepping the cleaning powder as directed. clean and wipe dry the tile [or tub].
- take the steel wool and rough up the tile. put some elbow grease into it and scrub the tile [or the tub] you are going to paint.
- now it’s time to tape the area around where you are going to paint. this is always the most tedious part of any paint project. make sure the tape is on their securely.
- now it’s time to paint! pour into your paint pan, get out your roller, and go to town. i did about 2-3 coats to get the coverage i wanted. the product says two coats, but i’m sure a lot of it has to do with what you started with. here was my finished result! can you tell which tiles were the ochre ones?