Painting over older floor tiles/vinyl


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Old 11-18-00, 04:11 PM
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I want to paint a checkerboard pattern onto a basement floor that has an old vinyl-like tile already in place. Do I need to remove the tiles or can I prep it with something and paint over it. I don't expect it to look new - more weathered, The tiles are probably 1960 vintage - whatever they were made of then. Any ideas or suggestions?
 
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Old 11-18-00, 05:07 PM
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You can paint the tile floor, go to a pro paint store, I would recomend useing Sherwin Williams Polyurethane floor enamel, with the recomended primer.

Preping the floor is very important, first I would mop the floor clean, then use TSP to thoroughly clean and degrease the floor, rinsing several times, after that dries sand the floor well, use a vibrating sander and 150 grit sandpaper, don't bare down on it too hard and keep it flat or you will create grooves. Use a shop vac to remove the dust, I would even get a few tack cloths and remove all the dust. Then you are ready for priming and painting. For a super smooth finish lightly sand with a 220 grit between coats, tacking up dust after sanding.

These tile will even give you the pattern needed for the checkerboard.

If you think these are asbestos tile, then you need to read this before you start; http://www.asbestos.org/ they even have a mail in sample test.

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Oh yeah,
Here is a site where you can order home testing kits also; http://www.homestoreproducts.com/

[This message has been edited by Chipfo (edited November 18, 2000).]
 
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Old 11-18-00, 06:58 PM
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Chipfo is right on. Follow each step and you'll be one happy do-it-yourselfer.
 
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Old 11-24-00, 07:57 AM
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You can surely paint on your vinyl flooring..the prep is the key. Below
is a link with pics and instructions.
As a person that has painted a floor, the one thing I learned is you can not scrub the floor with any scrubby guys..will scratch it...maybe some baking soda and a soft cloth for scuffs, but not anything more
than that..it is like taking a brillo to your car.
Here is the link..it is going to look so much better.
http://www.decoratingplus.com./page_four.htm#Vinyl
 
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Old 11-24-00, 07:37 PM
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Deco, You have me a little...confused...on the "scrubby guys",....is this a....actual person or a...rubbing compound? Frankly, Chipfo (as usual) is right on with his suggestion....can you explain your steps again? There has to be an easy way.
 
 

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