Paint Over Vinyl Flooring Tiles

  • 4-6 hours
  • Beginner
  • 75-250
What You'll Need
Wire brush
Oil-based primer
Paint brush
Oil-based paint

Vinyl flooring tiles can become dull over time. You can update your vinyl floor covering with a fresh coat of paint. Choose a paint color that works well with the décor of your room.

Step 1 – Preparing the Floors

Use a vacuum and mop to clean all the dust from your vinyl floor. Use a wire brush to scrub off any stubborn residue. The floor should be flat and even before you apply the paint. Be sure that the room where you will be painting is well ventilated. Open any windows in the room. If possible, use a fan to circulate the air.

Step 2 – Applying the Primer

Be sure to use an oil based primer and paint on your vinyl floor. Read the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the primer before you begin. Use a paint brush to apply the primer to the floor in long, even strokes. Always work in the same direction. Give the primer enough time to dry completely. If necessary, apply a second coat of primer, and allow it to dry thoroughly.

Step 3 – Applying the Paint

Apply the paint in one direction, using long, even strokes. Allow the paint to dry completely. Apply a second coat of paint to the floor, and allow it to dry thoroughly. If necessary, apply a third coat. Do not apply any varnish until the floor is completely dry.

Step 4 – Applying the Varnish

Apply a clear urethane varnish to the floor for protection. Allow the varnish to dry completely. Then, apply a second coat of varnish, and allow it to dry thoroughly. Do not walk on the floor for about three days.