When you think about remodeling your kitchen, the first thing that pops into your head is probably a shiny new countertop.
But if you’re trying to stick to a budget and don’t want to replace all of your cabinets, it’s possible to add some life to your current countertops by adding epoxy.
Epoxy is a durable coating that can make tile look like granite without breaking the bank. It can also help keep moisture out of grout or cracks between tiles so they don’t get damaged as easily over time.
Can you pour epoxy over tile countertops?
Yes, you can pour epoxy over tile countertops. After all, the only concern with epoxies is their ability to adhere to whatever surface they are covering. In this case, epoxy should be able to stick just fine to a tile surface.
There are a few things you’ll need:
- A quality bonding primer for tiles, like Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 Trowel Bonding Primer ($8). This is what will ensure that your new epoxy bonds with the old tile and don’t pop off when it’s time for maintenance.
- Epon 828 Universal Epoxy Resin (about $25) This is the most important ingredient because it’s what makes up the bulk of your countertop project—you’re basically mixing up 2 parts resin plus 2 parts hardener into one big batch of goop that you can spread around on top of everything else!
Table of Contents
- Can you pour epoxy over tile countertops?
- How do you cover tile countertops with epoxy?
- What can I put over tile countertops?
- How do you refurbish a tile countertop?
- How long does epoxy last on countertops?
- How do you prepare tile for epoxy?
- How much does it cost to epoxy countertops?
- Can you paint over ceramic tile countertops?
How do you cover tile countertops with epoxy?
- Clean and dry the surface. Make sure the surface is free of dirt and grease, wax, oil, silicone, and polyurethane. Wipe down the countertop with a clean rag soaked in white vinegar to wipe out any remaining grime on your tile countertop before applying epoxy.
- Make sure your trowel is clean as well so that it doesn’t leave any residue on your newly applied coating of epoxy.
What can I put over tile countertops?
They’re often made out of man-made materials such as fiberglass, plastics, and resins.
You may have heard of some solid surface material names such as quartz and granite. These are commonly used in kitchen countertops because they resemble natural stones so closely that most people cannot tell them apart at first glance!
How do you refurbish a tile countertop?
When you’re ready to give your countertops a makeover, follow these steps:
- Remove the old grout using an angle grinder fitted with a masonry blade or a tile-and-grout saw. Once all of the grout is gone, use a wet sponge to clean away any dust left on the tile surface.
- Apply one coat of sealant to the tile and let it dry overnight before moving on to step 3 (if applicable).
- Mix up a batch of new grout according to package instructions and apply it overtop of your existing grout lines; let dry overnight before proceeding with step 4 (if applicable).
4 If painting over epoxy instead of applying new epoxy directly onto your counter, then apply two coats as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions—both should be allowed time in between coats so that they can fully dry before putting weight back on top!
How long does epoxy last on countertops?
Scratches on the surface of the countertop will also affect the appearance of your tile and ruin its original look. The easiest way to protect your countertops is by using coasters when you’re setting down glasses that contain liquids.
Be sure not to place hot pots directly onto the tile; always use a trivet or other heat-proof item between your pot and table surface so as not to damage either item!
Also, make sure all food preparation items are thoroughly dry before putting them away—otherwise, mold may grow inside those containers over time due again to excess humidity from washing fruits/veggies, etc…
How do you prepare tile for epoxy?
The first thing you’ll want to do is remove any old grout or residue. The best way to do this is with a grout removal tool, but if you don’t have one, use a utility knife or scraper and soap and water to get the job done.
Clean the tile thoroughly with water and a sponge until there isn’t any residue left behind on the surface of your tiles.
Make sure they are completely dry before applying epoxy!
You can also apply epoxy directly over concrete countertops if they are smooth enough; just make sure that your concrete has been sealed properly before beginning this process (and always wear gloves when working with epoxy).
How much does it cost to epoxy countertops?
The cost of epoxy countertops will depend on four main factors:
- The size of your countertops
- The brand of epoxy you choose to use for your project
- The brand of paint you choose to use for your project (if any)
- The brand and type of primer or sealer (or both) used during the application process
Can you paint over ceramic tile countertops?
The answer to this question is, “Maybe.” The best way to tell if you can paint over ceramic tile countertops is by testing the surface with a few different materials and techniques.
- Acrylic paint can be applied directly over most types of ceramic tile without issue; however, it may not adhere well in areas where water has soaked into the grout or where other liquids have been spilled on the surface.
- Latex paint should also be fine as long as there are no cracks or chips in the finish (and even then, it might not hold up). If you want to use latex paint on your countertops and want them to last for years without fading or chipping away, we recommend using an oil-based primer undercoat before applying any type of top coat—oil base primers are much more durable than their acrylic counterparts and better at protecting porous surfaces like concrete and stone from moisture penetration.
We hope we’ve answered your questions about the durability and longevity of epoxy over tile countertops.
As you can see, it’s not just a matter of choosing a good brand or even a specific product—the key to success is in the preparation process.
If you follow our tips for preparing your existing tile surface and sealing it before applying epoxy, then you should have no problem achieving an awesome finish!