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how do i paint over a vinyl floor? Answered

i want to paint my ugly vinyl floor...is it easier to paint over it
and how do i do that ,or should i rip it out and paint the plywood subfloor?
what are the pros and cons of each?


I'd skip the painting and strip the floor, its the best way of fixing your problem. Replacement vynil tiles are so inexpensive anyways.

I have a friend that actually sanded down the subfloor with a belt sander and ended up staining and varnishing it and it turned out really nice.

You can buy vinyl dye, it goes on like paint but actually penetrates the vinyl. It also doesn't scratch off as it dyes it, it doesn't coat it. Normally you see it in spray format, but you can buy it by the quart or gallon on order. In our last house we did paint the downstairs vinyl floor with floor paint, the key is they add a flex agent at the paint store. Its what they add to automotive paint if the car in question has lots semi-flexible plastic on it, the molded plastic/fiberglass covers on modern car bumpers all receive this. The key is prep, clean, clean, clean with degreasers and silicon wax removers. The it goes on like butter and lasts like steel.


8 years ago

there is a special primer called Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 and it is awesome. I used it to paint all the ugly 70's shellacked cabinets in my kitchen WITHOUT SANDING and I also painted the tiles on the backsplash. You just have to make sure the surface is clean and grease free first, no sanding required. And it totally works. then you can paint whatever you want on it.


8 years ago

I've never done it myself but I have read several articles in various construction periodicals detailing how to paint stencils on vinyl flooring.
First, the vinyl must have the glaze removed. Do this by sanding with 180 grit sandpaper on a drywall sanding pole. If the vinyl is embossed, you will need to use TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) available at paint stores, to remove the glaze from the embossed depressions. Any glaze not removed will prevent the sealer and paint from adhering to the vinyl.
Secondly, coat the vinyl with a high quality, primer/sealer and paint with a good quality latex enamel paint. You can use a paint roller for the sealer and the top coat.
Last, allow the paint to completely cure before walking on the new surface. Read the recommendations on the paint can for the time required.

I doubt that paint on a vinyl floor would look good for long.  Vinyl is hard to stick to and since it's pliable the paint would flake off soon.

I would strip the floor and sand it down.  If it's good enough to paint then paint if not then you can recover the floor nowever you want.