Can you paint old linoleum?

Old 02-13-06, 09:10 PM
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Can you paint old linoleum?

My problem: I have a 9x13 bedroom that has a 1950's era beige linoleum tile floor. I'd like to cover this with a rug I have that measures 9x12, which means that there will be a 1-foot-long area at the one end where the linoleum will show.

What I'm wondering: Is there a way I can paint just that 1-foot area so that it will roughly match the rug and wall colors? What kind of paint would I use and would I have to put down primer? Also, what about sanding the linoleum?

Alternatively, I'm thinking of sticking down some neutral colored tiles in that area that would cover the ugly beige. Any other ideas would be welcome! Thanks.
Old 02-15-06, 03:46 PM
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Since painting of flooring would require you to scarify it before applying primer and then paint, this would disturb asbestos fibers should your floor covering contain asbestos. Many floor coverings and adhesives in older homes contained asbestos. It would be better to cover the old floor covering with new tiles.

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