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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Brenda Transformed our 1947 Yellow and Green Tile
Well I must confess, I was hesitant at first but this was easy and it turned out great! As long as you come into the project knowing there will no longer be grout lines, Yay, then you will love the results. We had very outdated Yellow tile with a green center tile running through the middle, we used the Biscuit color and it covered everything perfectly. You do have to take time and not rush through the process. The results were worth every cent. If you can paint, a DIY'er can do it. I have attached pics of before, during, and after.
July 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by wxray So good, I'm going to do a second bathroom
We wanted to freshen our bathroom of 30 years without a lot of hassle. So, this product was worth a try.
Tearing out our tile would be a huge job. In those days they laid tile on thick mortar. Not only does this make the tear out difficult, it also makes for a tough match if you replace it with the newer tile backer board.
I love the look now, but the proof will be in durability, something none of us will know for a few years. Let's take that when it comes. Early indications are that this will work great. I really like the way it seals the grout lines. Beware, some may not like that look. That's part of what makes it easier to clean, and also helps change the look. It ultimately goes down as a thick plastic-like layer.
I think the instructions are great. Watch the video a few times, it is very helpful. The instructions about tape removal and extensive drop cloths are important. Follow them. The first coat is particularly messy.
My shower surface is 48 sq. ft. I had no problem with coverage. I think I could have made 60.
A few tips I discovered:
- Prepare, then prepare some more. I spent at least 6 hours in preparation. Scrubbed 3 times with the last time being the powder they gave. Then, I spent a lot of time getting rid of every caulk trace. This took some time with a blade and solvent.
- On the first coat, you really want to get a lot of product on the roller. I found that "sliding" the roller sideways on the grout lines first was a good trick. Then do the rolling. Otherwise it is hard to get paint into the grout lines. My only goof up was in touch up with the foam brush on a missed grout section. I went too hard with the foam brush and now that grout line has a different texture. Be careful of that touch up step.
- You can work with a partner or not. It is a small area. I did it alone. It was fine. The second step dries quicker, so you'll need to work fast. But I had no problems.
- Tape carefully, but remove items if you can. Look at one of my pictures. I removed the shower valve escutcheon. This makes for a much cleaner and easier application. And make sure to cover all your chrome and soap holders, etc. I think it is easier to put a lot on the first coat so some of the paint will be flying and dripping.
- Cleanup of tools? No. Throw your brush and pans away. Forget about it! I bought two low-end brushes for trim and they worked fine. I made sure to wipe my roller frame bar with solvent before putting it away. This small step is not mentioned in the instructions.
I only had one problem with this product and that was choosing a color. This is really hard because the samples on the box are so small. Pulling it up on the internet was not much help either, since it doesn't give true color.
So here's my tip which worked well for us. The samples on the box are the best color match. When you are at the store, go to the paint section and choose a few chips that are close to the box top samples (you can compare right there). Then you can bring home those chips to your house for comparison. It would help if rust-oleum provided chips. Maybe they do and my paint guy didn't know, but in any case, this trick worked for us. I have a picture to the right showing how small the samples are.
We are pleased! We'll give this some time and if it looks like it has durability, we'll do our second bathroom next year.
June 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by BeckHart I'd used it again
I couldn't be happier with the results! I started with tiles that were installed in 1965, and were very outdated (bumpy blue and white pattern). I'm almost finished installing the new row of decorative tile to really show it off and think it looks great.
I read the directions twice AND watched the video and had no problems. The tiles were pretty clean to begin with but I cleaned them again. I worked with a partner like the directions suggested, in case the drying time exceeded my ability to roll (it didn't), then applied the optional topcoat the next day.
Everyone who sees it is surprised when I tell them about this kit. My son was with me when I purchased it. He was a doubter but tried to dig his fingernail into the finish a week later and couldn't even make a scratch.
It is difficult to clean off of anything which only makes sense since you DON'T want it to come off easily later, right? When the directions say to cover everything...they mean it. I did get a little dot of product here and there which came off with a razor blade.
I did think the price tag was a bit high. It's cheaper than tearing it all out and starting over but a big investment if you can't make the product work.
February 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Stephie Really Great Stuff!
I took before pictures but somehow lost them transferring them to my computer but I have after shots. The most difficult and time consuming part was cleaning my old tile and re-grouting. I didn't have a partner so I had to work fast by myself. Once you mix parts A and B they become solid within 30 minutes or so but the base paint goes on smooth and covers without much effort. The top coat dries a little faster and is harder to apply. It is best to work with a system of rows as you paint so that you don't forget where you applied paint (especially the top coat). Whatever you do, don't go over the top coat, it will mess up the even finish color. The use of this kit is a one shot deal so be prepared to finish the whole thing at one time. This is really great stuff and looks & feels like regular tile. The only thing is that I wish I had picked one of the sandier shades instead of "Biscuit" because this shade is off white but too close to white.
June 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by mjhdoglover Economical way to transform your tiles
I had purple tiles throughout the entire bathroom. This product was wonderful. It is a little unusual and took a feel to get to paint the tile but take heed when they tell you not to go back over dried product. The kit covers 50 sq feet of tiles and I had 70. When I went to prepare the next kit to finish the job, I didn't think it would have dried in that time. I was wrong and the color was then not consistant in that section. DO NOT TRY to fix your error, you will only make it worse. The best thing is that Rustoleum has an 800 number and will stand by their product to help you fix any error that was made.
Other than my own error, this product is wonderful!!!! It looks like the tiles were newly put up and updated when in fact they've been there for over 50 years.
September 16, 2013