Everyone likes to have a bathroom they are proud of, and one of the easiest ways to create a space that reflects your personal style is to change the colour scheme. Do you know you can use our materials to recoat your ceramic and porcelain tiles? Thus in a DIY environment and on a small budget you can: make a statement with a striking colour, bring a 70s bathroom up to date, freshen up your bathroom to prepare your property for sale, or create your perfect personal space in your new home. Our kits come in 48 different colours and five different sizes. Please note that porous surfaces such as natural stone are not suitable for recoating with Tubby.
When choosing a colour remember that lighter colours brighten up a room and make it feel bigger, If you want to make an ultramodern statement use a rich darker shade. Finally, for a soft romantic feel look at a pastel shade in our Whisper colours.
Have a look at our colour chart and if you would like a sample card of any colours just call or email the office and we will be more than happy to send out some free samples, or to discuss your particular project with you.
When recoating your tiles with Tubby you have the option of two finishes. Either you can completely coat over the grouting, or you can remove the top of the grout, recoat and then run the grouting again.
The two main benefits of applying the material over the existing grout are; it is the easiest and quickest method, secondarily by coating over the grout you are effectively sealing it off which will prevent mould and mildew from forming in the future. This method does change the look of the tiles slightly.
If you choose to re-grout we would suggest that you leave the tiles to cure for at least 1 week in a room with a constant temp of over 20 degrees Celsius. When grouting, work meticulously and keep your trowel clean and grout spill on the tiles to a minimum.
If your tiles have an etched pattern you can either coat straight over this to soften the pattern or cover it in a layer of dolphin glaze filler and sand smooth prior to coating. Embossed patterns are harder to cover in filler and get smooth, but it can be done.
Finally, when it comes to the actual process of recoating your tiles you would start by cleaning the tiles with the Tubby cleaning powder and sponge, which are both supplied in the kit. Make sure you clean the grout too. This is the most important step in the whole process, so take your time and use warm to hot water when cleaning. Now, with the included wet and dry paper, sand the tiles to give them some ‘key’. Make sure to run sand paper along the grout line too, to smooth it out and knock down any high spots. Ceramic and porcelain surfaces seem to reject the wet and dry paper but don’t worry just sand a tile then dry it and you will see there are very fine scratched in the tile surface, this is what you are trying to achieve. These scratches will ensure a strong adhesion of the material to the tile.
Once the surface is prepared you will apply two coats of specialist Tubby coating material. The material is specially designed to shimmer and settle into place to leaving a smooth, high gloss finish. One last tip would be to follow the application instructions and don’t over roll the material.
If you would like us to help you work out the cost, do call the office.
However if your tiles are perfectly good but you have mould in the grouting, why not look at our DIY grouting kit. Three easy steps; clean the grout, seal the grout and clean the tiles. Our specialist product is designed to leave your existing grout with a clean, uniform finish, this product is stain resistant so will be long lasting, making your bathroom cleaning a breeze. The grouting kits come in three colours to match your current bathroom suite. To clean and seal a bathroom of 35sq.m will cost you £42.