Can I varnish vinyl flooring?

Old 08-12-12, 08:21 PM
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My parent's house has vinyl sheet flooring. There is no finish left on it. I'd like to spruce it up, so it's easier to clean. I'd like something more permanant than polish or waxes. I've read vinyl flooring can be painted, but we would prefer varnish. Has anyone had success doing this? My husband is afraid the chemicals in the varnish would react with the vinyl and destroy it. Any ideas?
Old 08-13-12, 03:14 AM
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Welcome to the forums! For once in his life husband is right. Short answer, no. The chemicals in the coating would eat the vinyl up. Probably the cost of the polyurethane would only equal half of replacement vinyl, not sure. I would replace the vinyl and give them another 20 years of use out of it.
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I suppose a water based poly wouldn't eat away at the vinyl BUT painting [or poly] a vinyl floor is never a good idea! Long term adherence would be an issue. While I've heard talk of folks painting or thinking about painting a vinyl floor - it's never a good idea!
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I wouldn't screw around with this - I'd either live with it as is or replace it.

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