Shabby or outdated tile in the bathroom or kitchen might seem like a permanent condition, but it doesn’t have to be this way. (How to Reglaze Tile)If your tile isn’t as clean and pristine as you’d like but it’s still in good condition, it might be a candidate for tile reglazing. The process of reglazing tile in place is much like painting a wall, except a special type of two-part glazing product is used.
What Tile Reglazing Is
While the word reglaze, derived from glass, implies a re-application of the tile’s original glass-like surface, this is not how glazing is done for tile in place. In the factory, the tile is treated with a mixture of dyes and a glass product called frit. The tile is fired for many hours in kilns at temperatures up to 2,500°F.1 This is impossible to do when the tile is in place.
Reglazing tile in place involves painting the tile and grout with a two-part liquid epoxy acrylic that looks and behaves like ceramic. Specially designed for tile, its high-gloss surface resists abrasion, scratching, and mold.
Considered to be self-leveling, brush-on tile reglazing product is thick and heavy enough to smooth out most brush marks. Still, overworking can leave streaks. Brush-on tile reglaze can be applied with a brush or with a roller