This past month, many of you to ask questions about ceramics. It is with pleasure that I respond today.

Of the ceramic paint

Chantal Pascale and Lisa asked me if all three can paint ceramics and what is the best approach to do so. One for the dining room, kitchen and passage, one for the bathroom and one for the entry, kitchen, passage and the laundry room. First, we must know that painting ceramics remains a viable and sustainable solution, but as the walls or other painted surfaces, scratches can appear and will be refreshing at times. But this is definitely an inexpensive and very interesting to give a new breath to our decor and allow us to bring up to date without undertaking major works. You can imagine the cost and all the work that would involve any re-ceramics in several rooms at once? Here is how to do to ensure an optimal outcome and satisfying:

Clean : as always, it is important to clean the surface and ensure that there is more fat on ceramics. To do this, I always use a degreaser, TSP, which cleans thoroughly and leaves the surface clean and ready for the next step.

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Finishes : application of the primer is an essential step to ensure that the final result is not only for our taste, but the most resistant possible. The primer that I find most effective is “Polyprep 3” Sico. This is an oil based primer that dries in three hours and provides a solid base to receive the color we chose. A After this step, we must ensure that there is no dust that appeared on the surface that you want to paint. If it does, a little bit of sandpaper will remove any surface imperfections. Again, take the time to thoroughly clean the surface, this time with a soft damp cloth. was allowed to dry a bit and we are ready to apply the paint with the color that was chosen.

Paint : a floor paint latex 100% acrylic-urethane is an excellent choice for its strength. We can choose our color from a range of colors to the hardware store and brown on site. A period of at least twelve hours is required to let the paint adhere properly. A second layer is needed to properly color uniformity. Allowed to dry between 16 and 24 hours before walking on it, if you paint a floor. More paint has time to dry, it will be more sustainable. We can finally add a clear sealer on top to protect the color of shocks that could damage the ceramic, but it is important to note that the floor can then be a little more slippery with this finish. The same process applies to the ceramic put on the wall. And now, new color for ceramics, just have to find new decorative accessories to complement your new decor!

Cut a ceramic counter

Silva asks me how to cut a ceramic counter. There is a tool specifically designed for this kind of work. This is a grinder called in English “grinder”. It is a tool with a rotating wheel which cuts without breaking the ceramic. It is imperative to use goggles to protect eyes well with chips that can fly through the air. It would be preferable and wise to try the tool on a piece of ceramic which is used to get your feet wet with this kind of tool that most people do not use often. Once the ceramic is cut, you can now use a standard circular saw to cut off the counter under the ceramic. Next, you just have to find a way to finish the end of the counter, now apparent, either with ceramic to remain in tune with a molding or MDF that can be painted to match any of the ceramic counter. Be careful when making this kind of work!

Laying ceramic rounded on a counter

Similarly, Carole is the brilliant idea to install ceramic on a counter, but wondered what to do when the edge of the counter is rounded. There are two ways to remedy the situation. The first is to remove the counter and again a completely new area with the cons-plated. In this way, there is no problem of blunt, but it is work longer and more complicated. The other way is to put a wooden border on the edge of the counter (a finish trim that we can then paint) that exceeds the height of the counter and that will put a little more cement paste using a spatula to teeth with cement glue a little higher. Then installed the ceramic lean against the coming of this molding. At the point where there is a round toe and raised, there is a little less cement paste, which will allow us to keep the same height level for ceramics. And that’s it!

Laying ceramic on ceramic

Last question on ceramics that comes from Jocelyne, this time. It’s a common question: can I install ceramic on ceramic already in place? The answer is simple, yes. However, the product to use without being complicated, is nevertheless important to get a good result. At your hardware, you will find a tile adhesive designed for bonding to ceramics. It is polymer based and installs the same way as ordinary cement glue, but offers a different degree of membership. For the rest, how to remain the same!