vinyl tile over old sheet vynil floor


Old 05-15-03, 12:25 PM
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Question vinyl tile over old sheet vynil floor

Hello all,

I want to install new self-adhesive vinyl tile in my kitchen and dinning room. These rooms have an old sheet vinyl flooring which is level, clean and pretty smoth, but has a very shallow (<1/32'') texture on it.
I would like to ask if it is Ok to install new tile over it? Or should I smooth the floor with some compound first?
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Old 05-15-03, 06:44 PM
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you need to put an embossing leveler on it first to kill the pattern otherwise it will transfer through the to tile on top
Old 05-25-03, 07:01 AM
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After you used a skim coat and embosser, let it sit over night. You may need to skim coat twice because of shrinkage, once it dries. Use a 6" putty knife once it all dries, to hit any ridges down from troweling. Sweep and vac it clean.

With peel & stick, I always use an adhesive, spread on the subfloor too. Henrys 430 Clear spread, but because the peel & stick already has adhesive on it, I don't use a notched trowel as you would with dry VCT. Flat trowel it and let it sit for an hour with fans. It will turn clear and the lines you pop(use a permanent chalk(red) or ink) for the layout before sreading the adhesive will show through, the now clear adhesive.

It will stick immediately!!! just like contact cement! They won't move!!!

Take it from experience. Peel and stick these days with the water based adhesive on the backs, instead of the old oil based that was used in the 70's, don't seem to stay down, unless another VCT adhesive is applied to the subfloor in the manner above.
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