Tile edges

 

tile edges

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Tile Edges

The Guardian, Saturday 24 July 2010

We are tiling our bathroom using light grey matt wall tiles. In certain places – ie, around the windows – the external terracotta edge is visible. We want it to appear white. What kind of paint is best?

“The neatest way is to use tile trims,” says Julian Cassell. “These are metal or plastic strips you align along the apex of corners, and tile up to them to cover the unglazed edges of the tiles (plastic 2.44m lengths, £3.99, from Wickes). However, if the tiling is already done, you cannot fit them, so paint the edges with an oil-based eggshell (use a pale grey to match your tiles). This will give a hard-wearing matt finish. Two coats should suffice, but if the surface is particularly porous, three. It’s a fiddly job, so have a clean cloth to hand to wipe off excess paint.”

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