Vinyl flooring has been in use for years, but there was a time when it wasn’t always so popular. For the past few decades, vinyl flooring has seen a significant increase in popularity. This is because of the many benefits that vinyl flooring can provide.

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Some of these benefits include; durability and strength, ease of cleaning, and overall low maintenance. Not only are there many benefits to choosing vinyl flooring as your choice for home or commercial space, but it also provides an aesthetic design that will make any area look great.

But when your vinyl flooring gets old because of wear and tear, how do you maintain it? There are a few ways to maintain your flooring so that it stays looking its best.

Can vinyl flooring be painted?

Yes, you can paint vinyl flooring to change the look of your room or even match your decor. It is very durable with just some added maintenance. Painting vinyl flooring is a good way to add color to an otherwise dull floor. It is estimated that almost twenty percent of all homes have vinyl floors, and it’s not hard to see why. 

Paint will not damage your vinyl floor if it is well taken care of. Ordinary flooring paint will last between five to eight years depending on the quality.

The process is easy to follow and the cost in time is minimal. If you take your time when it comes to painting vinyl flooring you will be more likely to get the results that you want. It can be hard to find information on how to do the job right but there are some tips that will help you get the best results without any hassles.

What kind of paint do you use on vinyl floors?

You may be wondering whether or not you can place any type of other paint onto your vinyl flooring. Different floors require various types of paints. This is to ensure that the paint you choose will not damage your flooring in any way.

Before you begin, make sure to check the instructions on your particular type of vinyl flooring. Choose a paint that will not leave any residue on your floor and will guarantee a long-lasting finish. Paint with a shiny finish is usually the best choice for your flooring. Paint with a high gloss finish is good for vinyl floors because it is water-based. This means that it will not damage your floors and it will also stay on for a long time.

Will paint damage your vinyl flooring?

Some do not advise painting viny floors since its surface does not accept paint very well, some even say that painting the floor will damage it. But the opposite is also true, if you use good quality paint for your flooring you will not have to worry about damaging it. 

Even if you use cheap paint, the quality of your work will be better if you do use good tools and finish it with the right materials. But in any case, if your floor does not have any scratches or other damage it is best to leave it alone for the most part.

Do not use chalk paint as it will leave a chalk residue on your floor. To test the paint, apply a few drops to an inconspicuous area. If there are any signs of damage or discoloration, take the paint back to the store.

How to paint old vinyl floors?

Before you start painting, make sure you read the instructions to determine drying time and to figure out how to use the paint before you begin. 

Cleaning

First, you must clean your entire floor and make sure it is completely clean before you begin. Use some detergent mixed in a bucket of warm water for a quick mop with a damp cloth. After it is cleaned, make sure to remove any dirt and grime from the surface.

Sealing

After you have removed all of the dirt, you need to seal it. This will ensure that the paint sticks and does not peel off. This process is important because it makes your flooring stronger and it prevents it from getting damaged. The sealant will dry up as soon as you apply it, so make sure to apply a coat slightly thicker than normal.

Painting

The next step is to make sure that the floor is completely dry. Now that you have your flooring sealed, it is time to start painting. Make sure to wear protective gear before you begin painting. This is to avoid getting the paint on your skin. It may even be necessary to wear goggles so you do not get paint in your eyes.

After you have made sure that all of the surfaces have been covered, take a second coat and let it dry again. Applying two coats of paint will make sure the paint stays on and dries properly. This will also help your floor to last for years.

Sanding

You can now begin to sand your floors and make them look almost brand new. You may need to use a different color of paint for this process if your floor is extremely stained or damaged. Apply a thin coat and let it dry. Sand it again until the floor is level with the rest of your floor. Make sure to apply a sealant so that the paint is protected after sanding it.

When the sealant dries it is time to apply one last coat of paint. Let it dry and your flooring will be brand new again.

What materials are needed to paint vinyl floors?

Ready to paint your vinyl floor? Get your supplies ready and let’s do this! Make sure that you have cleaned the floor thoroughly and that it is dry. Here are the materials you need:

  • bottle of TSP cleaner
  • cleaning supplies  (vacuum, a bucket of water, rubber gloves, scrub brush, clean cloth, or rag)
  • orbital sander with 220-grit sandpaper
  • roll of painters tape
  • paint roller
  • tarps
  • paint tray
  • 2” paint brush
  • disposable gloves
  • package of shoe covers for painting
  • 4-8ft extension painters pole
  • micro plus 5/16” nap 9” rollers
  • small 4” foam roller
  • large 12×12 stencil
  • gallon bonding primer
  • a gallon of porch and floor paint in base color and stencil color
  • a gallon of low luster polyurethane

Conclusion

In conclusion, painting vinyl flooring is a good idea if you are looking for an inexpensive way to change your home’s décor. It is easy and affordable and can be achieved in just a few hours. Painting your vinyl floors will provide you with the opportunity of changing the look of your home without breaking the bank.

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