Are You Painting Linoleum Tile? Are You Painting Linoleum Tile?

What You'll Need
Oil-based primer
Polyurethane-based porch and floor enamel paint
1/4-inch paint roller

Linoleum tile, contrary to many beliefs, can be painted. The results can also be permanent, without flaking or chipping if the surface is prepared properly and the right paint is used.

Painting Your Linoleum Tile

Painting a linoleum floor isn't complicated, but it is important to proceed carefully and thoroughly with each step. First, vacuum and clean the floors, and strip any wax coating from the linoleum. Then sand the floors with a fine grit paper. Rent a floor sander if you have a large area to cover. Clean and wipe down the floors thoroughly after sanding and allow to dry. Cut in around the edges, and then apply a thin layer of paint with a 1/4-inch roller. Allow to dry, and repeat twice.

Tips for Obtaining a Durable Paint Job

Whenever painting with oil or polyurethane-based paints do not paint when it is damp or raining outside, or when the humidity is high. Keep the heat in the room you are painting at least 70-degrees Fahrenheit. Open the windows to ventilate the area and don't breathe in the fumes. Use three thin layers of paint, not one or two thick layers. Allow the floor to dry for at least 24 hours between each coat.

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