How to Seal Ink on Ceramic Tiles

By Cadence Johansen
Clear acrylic spray paint is an easy way to seal the ink on a ceramic tile.

Most people think of floors, countertops and walls when they think of ceramic tiles. However, many crafters use ceramic tiles to create beautiful pieces of artwork for homes and offices. The ceramic tiles are often adorned with vinyl or ink. Vinyl holds up well but ceramic tiles that are decorated with ink can smudge or become ruined. Sealing the ink on the ceramic tiles protects the decorative patterns from becoming damaged. The process of sealing the ink is a simple one to do when you know how to start.

Place a drop cloth on the floor or a workbench in a well-ventilated area.

Set the ceramic tiles on the drop cloth with the ink side facing up. Space the tiles approximately two inches from one another.

Hold a can of clear acrylic spray about two feet above the ceramic tiles. Spray the tiles at this height, working in quick sweeping motions. This should leave the tiles with a light coat of clear acrylic on them. You do not want a heavy coat because the ink can smear or bleed. Let the thin coat of acrylic dry for fifteen minutes.

About the Author

Cadence Johansen is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about travel, marriage, family relationships, caregiver support, home improvement and money. Johansen has been writing professionally since 2008. She holds a master's degree in family studies from Utah State University.