How to Reglaze Tile

Fresh glaze on your kitchen or bathroom tile can brighten and enliven dull flooring. Restoring your tile via a reglazing job is much less costly than remodeling. You can do it yourself within a minimum amount of time and only a few tools. Learning how to apply a new glaze is relatively simple. Taking your time and following a few simple steps can lead to a near professional appearing result.

Tile mosaic background
credit: Emevil/iStock/Getty Images
brighten your old tile surfaces by reglazing them.

Step 1

Remove caulking with a silicone digester available at home improvement stores. You need to get remove all traces of the caulking because it will contaminate your new glaze and ruin its appearance.

Step 2

Etch with acid paste if you have old porcelain tiles. The etching will get your tiling ready to accept the glazing, much like sanding will prepare a wood surface for paint. Take care while you work with the acid paste by wearing gloves and working slowly so as not to get the paste on areas you don't want it on.

Step 3

Clean with a degreaser to remove all traces of contaminating particles. Go over the entire surface you will be reglazing and allow time to dry before moving on.

Step 4

Apply your epoxy primer. You can use the spray-on type or the type you apply with a paintbrush or roller. Be sure to get into the corners with the primer. This is necessary to ready the surface for glazing.

Step 5

Spray on acrylic-urethane resin. Many home improvement stores will tint this unique product to whatever color you desire. The resin is available in two types--a one-day cure or a three-day cure. Choose the three-day type for the best result. You, of course, have to grant a 72-hour drying time.

Step 6

Finish with a clear coat by applying polyurethane product to the flooring. This will give your reglazing project durability and a healthy shine.

Step 7

Maintain with gentle cleaning using products guaranteed not to harm glazed tiles. Mop with mild detergent or gentle foaming cleaner. Always rinse and dry after using cleaner.