Fake bamboo tile on top of vinyl?


I am so sick of my aged white vinyl tile in bathroom! It's not worn or cracked; just crummy-looking with some staining where an idiot dropped nailpolish and didn't tell me right away!
Paint store said can't paint on top; vinyl "too soft".
Professional help is not an option at pre$ent.
If I can locate fake bamboo tile, can I install it on top of the vinyl?
TIA
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There are vinyl paints or coatings around; for example, there are some for refinishing tired vinyl car seats. If a different color of that sort would be OK for you until your budget can handle a pro installation of nice bamboo tile, then check with an auto body supply store which is likely to have something in stock. Painting over is quick and easy and cheap. Tiling over isn't much fun and the results may be iffy. Try a different paint store, there could be other options. Good luck.
Joe
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Would not probaly tile over it without removing it , so the new floor is good and solid when you are done , agree do not paint it as it will not hold up.
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Sigh! Two kind posters disagree on painting vinyl tile! What to do, what to do!
Jim - I' wouldn't be painting for the ages, so long is "will not hold up"? A year? Two years? Or less. Would appreciate a guesstimate if you care to make one.
Joe - The paint store I mentioned is a well- established local business, so I guess I took what they said for gospel, but a second opinion couldn't hurt, so I will inquire at an auto body supply store & post what they say.
Thanks, you guys; 'preciate the help.
Hypatia
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Joe wrote:

Look in the local ad paper for a guy that does vinyl floors on the side, after supper on the way home from his day job. Then look in the remnant rack at local flooring place till you find a scrap that is big enough in a pattern you can stand. That is what I did for my 3/4 bath, to cover a crappy floor. Came to about $150 altogether, looks fine. Painting the old stuff, or putting self-stick tiles over it, will look like crap. If that is too spendy for your current budget, check the remnant racks or garage sales for a hunk of indoor-outdoor carpet with the non-skid back, make a paper pattern (do a Google search to find out how), and make a drop-in wall-to-wall carpet. If it gets too funky, you can always take it to the carwash to power-wash it.
Or just live with what you have until you can save up for a real floor. I can guarantee it looks worse to you than it does to anyone else walking in there. Others don't even notice it. Paint it, and that is the first thing they will notice.
-- aem sends...
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Higgs Boson wrote:

Bamboo TILE or bamboo LAMINATE?
If laminate, sure. It floats over the floor anyway, so you need not remove the existing tile.
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