Removing Paint from the Bath Tiles (Bath Tile Paint)

Hello everyone,

I need your suggestions on how to remove the bath tile paint from .existing tiles.

I have painted them 3 years back with Rust Oleum Bath Tile piant.


I left it for an hour , tried scrapping after that and its not working. (I am struggling since last night but no luck)

Is it Ok to paint a dark colour on the existing bath tile paint?

Thanks in advance.
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  • Eldi_Dos
    Eldi_Dos Posts: 1,489
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    What material is the bath made from?
  • grumbler
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    mazibee said:


    Is it Ok to paint a dark colour on the existing bath tile paint?


    I'm pretty sure it's OK, but IMO, painting tiles is generally a bad idea, and two layers of paint always look worse than one layer.
    You can try a heat gun.
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  • mazibee
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    Eldi_Dos said:
    What material is the bath made from?

    I need to paint the bath tiles not the bath tub.

    Its the normal bath tub , it think the material will be acrylic
  • mazibee
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    grumbler said:
    mazibee said:


    Is it Ok to paint a dark colour on the existing bath tile paint?


    I'm pretty sure it's OK, but IMO, painting tiles is generally a bad idea, and two layers of paint always look worse than one layer.
    You can try a heat gun.

    I will try my best to find a way to get rid of old paint first and and after that start painting the new one ( darker colour)
  • Eldi_Dos
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    mazibee said:
    Eldi_Dos said:
    What material is the bath made from?

    I need to paint the bath tiles not the bath tub.

    Its the normal bath tub , it think the material will be acrylic
    I did not for a minute think you did,the reason I asked was so a suitable solvent could be found that will not damage bath.
    It would be worth making sure before you do any damage.
  • oldernonethewiser
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    edited 10 December 2023 at 9:07AM
    Eldi_Dos said:
    mazibee said:
    Eldi_Dos said:
    What material is the bath made from?

    I need to paint the bath tiles not the bath tub.

    Its the normal bath tub , it think the material will be acrylic
    I did not for a minute think you did,the reason I asked was so a suitable solvent could be found that will not damage bath.
    It would be worth making sure before you do any damage.

    Definitely make sure the bath is totally covered as the solvent can do serious damage.

    I used the product mazibee tried.  Worked okay but very messy, took ages and I wanted to hunt down the previous owner who painted the tiles and tell them what I thought of their efforts.

    Keep at it.  Much better getting the paint off rather than adding another coat.
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  • twopenny
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    Have you scored through the paint so the solvent can get a grip?
    I'd try a blunt stanley knife. Tiles should survive if you're gentle and you're going to paint over anyway.

    Another solvent to try is paint thinner. 
    It took some work but removed thick car paint someone had used on scrapes without damaging the underlying paint.

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  • grumbler
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    edited 9 December 2023 at 6:07PM
    If it's two-part paint, it's essentially epoxy raisin, i.e. no solvents / paint strippers will work.
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  • ThisIsWeird
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    Mazibee, do you recall adding a wee pot of activator to the paint before you used it? If so, it's two-part epoxy paint as Grumb suggests.
    No idea if normal paint strippers will touch this, but it should certainly be overpaintable using the same stuff.
    So, if it's in good smooth condition, I wouldn't strip it.
    Any flaws currently in it should be easily smoothened using 600 grit 'wet or dry' paper used wet. 
    But if you really want shot of it, ask Rustoleum. 
  • Jonboy_1984
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    edited 10 December 2023 at 11:51AM
    A razor blade scraper tool might well work, but always scrap away from you as they can leave brilliant scars on your wrist if you slip at the wrong angle :(
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