7 Steps to Painting Vinyl Flooring

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  • 16-24 hours
  • Beginner
  • 200-300
What You'll Need
Ammonia or trisodium phosphate
Primer with sealer
Polyurethane sealer
Oil-based paint or porch paint
Painting poles
Gas mask
Clean rug

Your vinyl flooring may be calling out for a replacement for years. But hey, you don’t need to calculate all that costs for renovating your floors. You can still stick to your old vinyl flooring without much fuss. Paint it over and you’ll surely see a noticeable difference. Here are the steps in painting your vinyl flooring.

Step 1 – Clean the Vinyl Flooring Thoroughly

Get a mop or rag and start cleaning your vinyl floor. Move away from all furniture and other furnishings inside the area of the project. Cover unmovable furnishings with old clothes or newspapers to protect them from paint drips.

Step 2 – Remove the Sheen of Your Vinyl Flooring

Mix trisodium phosphate with water or buy an ammonia-based cleaning solution made especially for vinyl flooring. Apply the product to the floor as instructed. These solutions would be responsible for prepping the vinyl for the paint. Then, allow it to completely dry.

Step 3 – Apply the Primer

Get a primer with sealer mixed in it. Read the instruction manual before you use the primer with sealant. To speed up the job, use a roller to apply the primer onto your vinyl flooring. Make sure that you apply it to all the areas of the floor. Double-check on the edges to see if they have been primed up. Allow the primer to completely dry before going on to the next step.

Step 4 – Paint Your Vinyl Flooring

Never rush into choosing the color of the vinyl paint you would be using. Settle for the ones that would make your room warmer or cozier. Stir the paint mixture as instructed by its manufacturer. Get a brush to set the parameters of the areas you will be painting. Doing so would let you be reminded of the painting strokes and tools you would need to use. Apply the first coat of paint using a roller or a broad paintbrush. Do this evenly. Ensure the thorough dryness of the first coat.

Step 5 – Apply the Second Coating

Double-check if the first coating has completely dried up. After that, paint over the second layer of coating doing the same procedure at step 4, and allow it to dry.

Step 6 – Check for Impurities

Touch paint all impurities that you see. Allow them to dry before applying on the third layer of coating. Again, let the last coating dry completely.

Step 7 – Seal the Paint

Make doubly sure you haven't left any impurities. Use a polyurethane sealer to seal the newly painted floor. Apply two to three coatings of this sealer to your vinyl flooring. Don't forget to let each coating dry thoroughly before applying a new one. Never fail to seal your newly painted vinyl flooring as failure to do so would put your flooring at the risk of damages.