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Can You Paint Grout With Emulsion?

If the grout between your tiles are looking old and worn, you might be wondering whether it’s possible to use some leftover white emulsion paint to freshen them up a bit. In today’s article, we’re going to look at this interesting DIY phenomenon and advise accordingly.

Can You Paint Grout With Emulsion?

Whilst it may be tempting to paint grout with emulsion, it’s not recommended as emulsion paint will struggle to adhere to the surface and won’t cure properly which will lead to the emulsion cracking, chipping and flaking easily.

Does Paint Stick to Grout?

Technically speaking, certain types of paint will stick to grout but it really depends on the condition of your grout in the first place. For example, whilst paint will stick to grout, if the grout is crumbling the paint will of course come off with it.

We would recommend making sure your grout is in good condition and then simply going over it with a grout pen which costs around £3 – £4 on Amazon.

Is Painting Grout A Good Idea?

Grout makes tiles stand out so having an unassuming grout colour is usually recommended. That’s not to say that painting grout is a bad idea but if you’re going to paint your grout, go with a colour such as white or grey.

In terms of durability, the aforementioned grout pen leaves a waterproof finish that should last you years.

Final Thoughts

Whilst some people might be posting on social media about how great emulsion looks on their grout, from a professional standpoint I can say with a good degree of certainty that it’s not going to last that long.

If you want to make your grout look better, avoid emulsion and use a grout pen.