Can you paint marble? I mean, paint it in a manner that looks like actual marble but without the heaviness and price tag? Well, it’s not that complicated to paint marble.


How? By doing it the old-fashioned way — polishing, priming, and painting. If you’ve done this before without knowing the proper steps of painting a marble, the result might look good from afar, but it will appear uneven and bumpy up close. I’m sure you don’t want that to happen. This blog will teach you how to paint over marble in two ways to guide you on your project.

Can You Paint Marble?

Yes, marble can be painted, but it is not that simple. Marble can be hard to paint because of its texture. You need to paint over marble using appropriate primer and paint. You may use various colors of paint to achieve a marble-like impression on any surface. With time and energy, you’ll have a nice, newly painted exterior, regardless of which technique you use.

There are two best ways to effectively paint a marble: chalk and high-gloss paint.

How to Paint Marble Using Chalk Paint?

Chalk paint is a good choice for those who want to paint marble with a semi-gloss surface. It has a matte appearance and requires less preparation than other paints. The epoxy coatings offer longevity and a glossy surface, making your marble look completely new.

Consider the effect you’d like to create with your marble paint. The materials you’ll need to prepare the marble for painting are usually included in most packages available on the market.

If you’re having problems deciding between products, try out your paint in a small part to see if it achieved the best effect. Here are the procedures you should follow to paint marble using paint chalk:

  1. Work in an open space and wear a mask.

It’s essential to have good ventilation so that the dust and toxins don’t cause respiratory problems. You can simply open doors and windows or use a fan.

  1. Cover the area you don’t want to paint with a cloth.

Painter’s tape can also be used to cover your marble surface.

  1. Try to achieve a rough surface.

If the marble is shiny, polish it using fine-grit sandpaper. If your marble is rough and faded, it is not necessary to sand the marble before painting.

  1. Remove any debris from the marble by dusting it.

Allow the surface to dry after wiping it with a moist towel. Before painting, wipe it again with a soft cloth.

  1. Using a damp edge, apply a small amount of chalk paint to the marble.

Allow at least 48 hours for the color to cure. It might take longer if it’s cold or if you live in a place with high humidity. The drying time of chalk paint will allow you to determine if you need to apply another thin coat.

  1. Once you’ve completed the painting process, you can use wax to enhance the details.

Wax the marble to achieve a long-lasting gloss. Experiment with different color schemes and brush styles. There are no restrictions to what you can accomplish.

How to Paint Marble Using High-Gloss Oil-Based Paint?

A second technique to paint your marble is by using particular oil-based paint. The application process is quite similar to the previous procedures.

  1. Put a soft cloth on any sections you don’t want to be painted.

Paint spills can be prevented by using a cloth or old newspapers. You can tie the fabric with painter’s tape and cover any parts you don’t want to be painted.

  1. Remove the polished layer from the marble with sandpaper.

Because paint won’t adhere to marble’s shiny surface, having a rough texture is necessary. To remove all of the finish from the area, scrab it with sandpaper back and forth. Continue rubbing until there are no more glossy patches. When you’re done, the marble should be pale and rough.

  1. Wipe off the surface with a soft, damp cloth to eliminate the debris formed by sanding.

To eliminate all dust and moisture, clean or replace the fabric as necessary.

  1. Apply an oil-based primer to the marble.

The paint won’t adhere to the surface if you don’t use a primer. Apply a small amount of primer to the whole surface with a paintbrush or roller. It is advisable to use lengthy, regular strokes in the same manner.

  1. Wait for at least 6 hours for the primer to set.

If you don’t allow the primer completely dry, it might spread all over the marble, even on the parts you don’t want to paint.

  1. Use high-gloss oil-based paint to color the surface marble. 

After the primer has dried, you can paint over it. Apply a light, uniform layer of a high-gloss oil-based paint with a clean, soft brush or rollers. Make sure to paint in the same direction and with a regular stroke thickness.

  1. Wait at least 14 hours after the first layer of paint has dried before adding another.

The suggested drying time is essential to avoid paint bloat, smudge, or becoming uneven. 

  1. Apply extra coats if necessary.

Depending on your paint color, you may want to apply another thin coat. Make sure to let each coat dry completely between each application.

  1. Allow six days for the paint to dry.

Avoid touching or setting anything on the surface. Otherwise, the materials may adhere to the surface chip away at the paint.

Can I Use Acrylic Paint on Marble?

Marble must not be painted with acrylic latex paint because the finish will eventually peel off. If you’re painting over marble tile, wait once it’s been primed before using an oil-based primer. Do not try to prime over marble tile unless it has been scuffed with sandpaper. Abrasive treatment can enhance the adherence of paint to marble.

Can You Spray Paint a Marble?

Well, it depends on the paint you will be using. It is advisable to use high-gloss oil-based paint and apply it to the surface after it has been polished by sandpaper and it has an oil-based primer already. Allow two hours of drying time before using a second application to ensure total coverage.

Well, we’ve come to the end of this article. We’ve covered a lot of information, and I hope you’ve found it all helpful in painting your marble.

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