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Bathroom tile resurfacing - grout colour

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by Shady, 9th Nov, 2015.

  1. Shady

    Shady Well-Known Member

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    Looking at a cheap bathroom refurbish and resurfacing the tiles seems to be the easiest way.
    Does anyone know if you can remove some/all of the grout on the floor tiles, resurface in a dark grey colour then regrout?
    From the before/after pics I've seen, any tile resurfacing includes painting the grout the same colour. Ok if your resurfacing white to white tiles but not so ok if it's a dark colour and you loose the normal white rout lines.

    I've heard Cherie Barber just tiles over the top of floor tiles so you dont damage the waterproof membrane.

    Any other cheapish ways other than a complete renovation
     
  2. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Why do you need/want the grout a different colour to your tiles?
     
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    Because it looks a cover up job, and no where near as nice as a traditional bathroom floor.


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    It doesnt really matter if I get the floor tiles resurfaced white but it will show up every single bit of dirt/hair

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  4. bob shovel

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    Which photo is your bathroom?
     
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    I would always use dark grout with dark tiles
     
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    If you really want a slight variation you could paint uniform colour then use a grout pen in a slightly different shade to give that contrast you are after
     
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    I hate white grout in my own place let alone an IP, too hard to keep white, bleach isn't recommended as it buggers the grout, looks crap/dirty when it's damp/wet, dark grout covers it all up.

    Also not a fan of white/bright tiles, hair and dust shows up to easy, embarrassing when someone drops by unannounced and havn't cleaned for a few days, or in my bachelor case a couple of weeks.

    I recon that epoxy flooring in the first pic is the way to go
     
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  8. WattleIdo

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    Very good question have often wondered this myself. I tiled over the top in my upstairs unit. Not my preference, but sometimes the best option depending on how difficult they are to remove.
    Love those hexagonal tiles. Love the black that's around but remember last time it was in (very early nineties) everyone got over it after a few years and then it was hard to get rid of. But it looks great atm - maybe we're doing it better this time.
     
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  9. Brian84

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    I wouldn't be re painting floor tiles. With all the floor traffic it will wear off pretty quick. You can remove the grout easy with a multi tool from Bunnings.
     
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  10. Shady

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    Maybe need to investigate the pros/cons of tiling over the top...Removing the tiles and installing a new membrane is just too costly.
     
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    When I was getting quotes to recoat bathroom tiles no one recommended doing the floor as it will wear off too quickly. Ended up retiling over existing, came up really well. Had to shave a bit off the bottom of the door though.
     
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  12. Shady

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    Manage to sneak back up to Brisbane and take a thousand photos...Main bathroom has blue floor and wall tiles, the ensuite has lovely brown floor and wall tiles.

    At this point I'm looking at..
    - Removing the shower screens
    - Repairing one/two broken tiles
    - Painting the wall tiles myself.
    - New shower screens installed.
    - New tap sets.
    - New mirror

    I'll leave the vanity in the main bathroom but either paint/replace the one in the ensuite.

    Does anyone know of a good place to get shower screens...reasonable quality and price?

    Cheers
     

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  13. bob shovel

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    Those blue for tiles look good, even better once the tiles and walls are painted!
    Looks like a fun project! Enjoy
     
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  14. bez23

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    Retile floor and painted tiles does make a difference and affordable. I'm not that handy so got a trady to do it :)
     

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    Tile over the top of existing on the ground
     
  16. Shady

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    That looks great. Just what I'm after
     
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    I doubt there's much of your waterproofing membrane left looking at the style/age of the tiles.

    The costs to do the job properly and get another 20 years out of the bathroom are minimal. Waterproofing paint is around $20 per litre, lifting the tiles requires a small jack hammer/hammer drill combo and a spade bit (an ozito jack hammer/hammer drill is about $80 and a spade bit about $50). It will take half a day to remove the tiles. As long as your not reckless with the drill you won't damage the screet. After that just clean up the screet really well and paint on a few layers of waterproofing according to what the manufacturer recommends.

    I have painted bathroom wall tiles before but I would never do it on the floor, it won't last and will look terrible when it starts to come off.
     
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    agreed. Don't paint floors and in my opinion bathtub as well as it will come off in 1 -2 years.
     
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    That looks pretty good.
    I've wanted to try that for a while.
    Which brand did you use?
     
  20. bez23

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    White knight I think. Not the most user friendly one. I think the rest prefer rust0leum