Update to Norton Tile Method

I saw an intriguing video about an alternate method of doing the Norton tile method: instead of coating the tile with white spray paint, you use cold galvanizing compound (like this stuff: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleum-Professional-20-oz-Flat-Gray-Cold-Galvanizing-Compound-Spray-7585838/100142963). Basically it’s just powdered zinc in a spray can. The advantage of this method is the unlasered bits just wash off in a stream of water with a little scrubbing.

I decided to give it a try. Here’s the tile along with the image I used.



Not a great test, the image I used was way too contrasty. But i like the rich brown tone I got, and I think the method has promise. I’d love to see others’ results if you give it a go.

Update: by the way, I used @beerfaced ’s settings from this post.


Really cool, I will have to go buy some tomorrow and see what comes from it.


This looks great. I just finished painting some tiles (white) to try some more pics.


Interesting stuff! The possibilities are endless.


That looks great!

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nice addition to the toolchest. :slight_smile:

a sepia effect.

very nice.

I will give that a try. I’ve been busy with everything but my GF and the forum lately. This is just the thing to get me going again. Thank you.

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