How to Tile Over Old Tiles
Do your walls look old and worn out?
You can actually tile over the tiles you already have. This is a cheap and good-looking way to solve the problem that will also save money.
Check out our step-by-step guide to learn how to tile over tiles the right way.
Can Tiles be Put Over Tiles?
Yes, you can tile over tiles, but there are some things you should think about before you start your DIY tiling project.
If your tiles are broken, loose, or hollow, you won’t be able to tile right over them. You’ll need a knife and a hammer to remove the broken tiles and a scraper to get rid of any old grout.
Before filling in the holes with new glue, the area will need to be thoroughly cleaned.
Once the holes and cracks are filled, you can use a tie glue bond and new tiles to tile over the old ones.
How to Put Tiles Over Tiles
No matter why you want a new look, you can update your old bathroom tiles without getting rid of the old ones.
You can tile over tiles, which is a simple do-it-yourself project. Taking off old tiles can be a messy and tiring job, so this gives you a way to escape the mess if you want to.
If tiling over tile sounds like the perfect job for you, please use our step-by-step guide and tiling tips to make sure you get the best results.
Step 1: First, you’ll need to see how your wall looks now. First, use a spirit level to see if the wall is straight.
You should also look at the pieces. A wooden club is an easy way to check this quickly. If you lightly tap the tiles with a mallet and hear a hollow sound, it could mean that a tile is missing.
Step 2: Use a chisel and a hammer to take out any broken tiles. Wear gloves and safety masks to protect your eyes from any sharp pieces of tile.
Scrape off any leftover grout and sealer after the tile has been taken off. Then you’ll have to clean up any dust and dirt in the room and the area around it.
Step 3: Then, use a paintbrush to cover the area with a primer that dries quickly. Don’t forget to mix it up before you put it on the spot.
Steps 3 and 4:
You can now use repair mortar to fill in the space. Use a tool to spread the mortar evenly in the gap. Once it’s on, use a large float to smooth and level the top.
Step 4: After letting this dry according to the manufacturer’s directions, clean the tile surface thoroughly with a cloth and a product made to get rid of dirt from tiles. This will get rid of any oil or dirt that is still there.
Step 5: When the paint is dry, use a big paintbrush to put the primer right on the walls. Keep doing this until all of the tiles are covered.
You can now start putting over the tiles on your walls. You will need to use a tile glue that sets quickly. Follow the instructions on the package from the maker to make the glue.
Using a notched trowel, put the glue straight on the wall. Then, put the tile on the wall and press down on it to keep it in place.
Step 6: Keep putting the mortar on the wall directly in parts. Don’t try to cover the entire area at once, because the glue will dry out.
Next, keep putting the tiles on the wall. Don’t forget to space the tiles out evenly.
Step 7: If you are tiling over floor tiles, use a multi-express sticky mortar on the old tiles.
Spread the glue evenly over the tiles you already have, and then put the new tiles in place. Since this glue dries quickly, you should be able to walk on it as soon as 2 to 3 hours after putting it.
Again, make sure the tiles are all the same distance apart and use a spirit level to make sure the floor is even.
Step 8: Once the tiles and mortar are in place, you can start filling. You will need to use the right grout for the type of tile you are using.
Mix according to the guidelines from the manufacturer, and make sure to use the right amount of mixture to water.
Use an adhesive spreader to spread grout over the tiles and into the spaces between them to fill them up fully.
Step 9: Use your finger to check if the glue is dry. If the grout is dry, you can use a sponge and a small amount of warm water to start removing any extra from the surface. By moving in circles, you can mix up the area.
10th Step You should now use clean water and a new sponge to clean the tiles. Wipe the surface in a vertical motion to get rid of any dust that was made by the grouting.
You should now fix any places, like the side of your washbasin or bathtub. Using a sealing gun and silicone. Get the sealer ready and put it in place. You should use a smooth, steady move to put the sealant on.
Step 11: To smooth the joint, put one part water and one part soap in an empty spray bottle. Spray the joints with water, and then run your finger over the joint to smooth it out and get rid of any sealant that is sticking out.
Step 12: You should now use grout protection to protect your grout. This will help keep the grout in good shape and make it last longer.
Now, wipe down your tiles to get rid of any dust. Before you use any product, you should make sure it works with the material of your tile. The best way to clean something is with water and a sponge.
Step 13: Your new tiled bathroom is now ready for you to use.
Tools for Covering Tiles
You want to make sure that you get the best possible results. To do this, you need to get the right tools for tiling. Not only will this give you a professional look, but it will also help you stay organised and make the job easy.
Equipment to tile a floor
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Trowel Spreader for glue
- Spreader/floater for grout
- Shaper is a tool for finishing grout.
- Sponge Spirit Level
- Metal king
- Fabric Bucket
- Big brushes to paint with
- A wooden club
- Caulk hoover
- The above tools should be easy to find or rent at home improvement shops near you.
- Tools for Putting Tiles Over Tiles
- Tiling over tiles can be a bit messy because it requires handling heavy materials and a number of tools. Before you start your new job, it’s important to make sure you have the right safety gear.
- Gloves that protect
- Eye shields
- Dust mask for safety
If you are taking out broken tiles and old grout, it is very important to protect yourself as much as possible. Old tiles can break into small pieces, so you should wear safety goggles, gloves, and a dust mask so you don’t breathe in any dust.
When you mix your glue, you should also be careful to wear your dust mask and goggles to protect your face and keep you from breathing in the glue.
Things to Put on Top of Tiles
There will be a huge variety of tiles to fit your budget and design needs, so make sure you do your study and shop around to find the right tile for your room.
Laying floor tiles
You will also need the following items to tile a bathroom that looks like it was done by a pro:
- Floor tiles
- Putty for tiles
- Grout Water Silicone sealant Degreasing cleaner Grout protection
- Please check the expiration dates on things like grout and glue that you are using from a previous DIY project before you use them.
- How to Get Ready to Tile Over Existing Tiles
If you want to start tiling over tiles, you need to make sure the area is completely ready before you start.
Start by taking a look at how the tiles on the walls are doing. You’ll want to make sure they’re all strong and firmly attached to the wall. If the walls have any holes or cracks, fill them with cement and let them dry.
It’s important to remember to check the level of the base. If there are any high spots, you should use a grinder to file them down.
Please make sure you hoover the surface of the wall to get rid of any dirt and dust. Then, you should use a cloth and warm water to clean the tiles.
You can now put paint on the wall. Follow the instructions on the can to cover the right area. The primer will help the paint stick well.
Before you start tiling your wall, you should have also figured out how many tiles you will need as part of this stage of preparation. To do this, measure the size of your wall and the size of the bathroom tile you want to use.
To figure out how many tiles you need, divide the size of the wall by the size of each tile. Add 10% to this number to account for mistakes or broken tiles.
It’s also important to remember that you’ll need to leave spaces between your tiles (2–3 mm) so that you can add grout later. Please take this into account when you do your maths.
Types of Tiles
Choosing tiles can be hard because there seem to be so many choices. You can choose from glass, stone, pottery, and many other materials. So let’s look at some of the choices you have.
- Putting tiles on a wall
- First, let’s look at the most popular types of tile:
- Stone, Ceramic, Porcelain, Glass
Most of the time, real stone tiles or tiles made by humans are very popular. If you want these tiles to have a bit more personality, choose ones made from natural stone. Granite has been a popular choice for a long time, but it has some flaws, like being easy to break and having a lot of pores.
Its surface is also very easy to scratch. You would also have to clean and keep these tiles more often than you would with ceramic tiles. Be ready to do this often.
Natural stone tiles are better than clay tiles because they can’t be made to look like them. If you want your room to feel open and airy and have a unique design feature, natural stone would be a good choice.
If you prefer tiles made by humans, like clay and porcelain, these are great if you want to update your bathroom or kitchen on a budget. They also don’t need much maintenance.
There are many different styles, colours, and sizes of these tiles, so they are great for giving you a lot of options. These tiles have a layer on them, which keeps water from getting into the tile and makes it easy to clean.
If you want to tile over existing tiles in your bathroom, ceramic tiles are better because they can handle more moisture.
You might want your new tiles to make a statement, and glass tiles could be a good choice if you want to make a bold style choice.
Most glass tiles come in the shape of a mosaic and are put together in a web pattern that lets you put them together one square foot at a time.
What is the best tile glue for tiling over tiles?
You can tile on top of tiles with any pre-mixed adhesive. We suggest a non-slip adhesive like Everbuild’s Super Plus Non Slip Tile Adhesive.
When you tile over tiles, you don’t have to worry about water getting behind the tiles because the first layer of tiles is already water resistant and waterproof.
What is the best tile primer to use when laying on top of tiles?
We think MAPEI Eco Prim Grip is a good choice. This primer is made of synthetic materials and plastic, and it works well on surfaces that are very smooth, like tiles. It makes a sticky area where your tile adhesive will stick well.
What number of tiles do I need?
Measure the size of your wall and the size of the bathroom tile you want to use. This will tell you how many tiles you need.
To figure out how many tiles you need, divide the size of the wall by the size of each tile.
Don’t forget to add 10% more to this total to pay for any mistakes or broken tiles.
If the base is plywood, can you tile over tile?
If the floor is plasterboard, you might want to think about tiling over tiles.
Plasterboard can only hold a certain amount of weight per square cm. If you add more tiles and glue on top of the current ones and go over the weight limit, it could damage the structure of your walls.
Should you sand your tiles before putting glue on them?
You need a flat area before you can put down your new tiles and glue. It is important to make sure the floor is level.
Even if you have used a spirit level to check your current surface, you might still want to use sandpaper to make the surface rougher. The rough surface will make it easier for the glue to spread, and the surface will be stronger and more stable.