I have a very small bathroom and the linoleum floor looks horrible. Rather
than replace same I was wondering if I could paint over it. If yes, what
kind of paint to I use and anything else I need to know. Thank you , Monika
It's difficult to get paint to adhere to linoleum. It is also
difficult to get paint to stand up to the wear it experiences on a
floor. The cost/work to overcome those obstacles far outwieghts the
effort to just lay a new piece of linoleum.
If the existing lino is neither cracked nor peeling, you could even
lay new right on top of the old... if anything this will give a
slightly better insulated and softer floor than taking the old up and
laying down new. Please do at least pull the toilet though...
You have to pull up the quarter round anyway. Skim coating it is
about as much work as pulling it up unless the prior installer went
crazy with the glue. And I like to use the old piece as a guide to
cut the new one when doing bathrooms.
Can't say I buy into that. Not in my experience anyway, Clean the vinyl
with ammonia/detergent, rinse well and skimcoat (yea ya gotta mix it and
can't screw around putting it down), A little sandpaper can smooth any
errors you made and you have a nice surface with no old glue to deal
with. The skimcoat is basically only in the recessed pattern.
Guess the bottom line is whichever method works for you.
And then there's really bad ones that you just have to put down flooring
underlayment (not plain old luan). Now were talking screws, glue,
Far easier and about the same material costs to just put down new
vinyl. Paint over linoleum would not be at all durable, either.
For a small bathroom, you can often find a nice vinyl flooring remnant
that is big enough for VERY cheap. They usually have these rolled up
and displayed in a barrel in the flooring department of big box
stores, with their dimensions written on a tag.
A one piece vinyl floor is VERY easy to keep clean.
Sheet flooring for a SMALL BATHROOM is definitely a DIY project, that
could be handled by anyone who was contemplating painting the same
tiny area. The stuff is very easy to work with, and there are many
sources in print and online on how to do it.
On 10/5/2010 11:11 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I'll just say that has not been my experience, and I tip my hat to those
that have mastered it. My few attempts over the years produced rather
sad results. I have the theories and procedures in my head- no problem.
But my hands can't seem to put theory into practice. Other than maybe a
tiny room, and some of that no-glue stuff where the baseboard holds the
edges down, I'll never try it again. And for damn sure, I'll never try
patching sheet goods again. THAT is artisan work, to make the patch
vanish. As long as I have cashflow, and can find a moonlighting guy who
works cheap for cash on evenings and weekends, I'll hire it out. That is
what I did on my second bathroom, and he made it look EASY. In and out
in a couple of hours (one evening to put down the underlayment and mud
the seams, next evening to lay the vinyl), and $75, and it looked better
than I could ever do. If I ever feel rich enough to replace my worn-out
kitchen vinyl, I'll try to hunt the same guy down.
I dunno, my mom 'n' dad did two bathrooms in their house and it looks at
least as good as it would have had they hired a pro.
Not sure why they didn't do the third, honestly. Carpet in a bathroom
is a cardinal sin IMHO. (and it's been in there for something like 20
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We actually painted a countertop in one of our rentals then put 3 coats
of polyurathane on it. It is holding up amazingly well. I suspect you
could use latex of your choice and put on several coats of floor finish
over that. The worst that can happen is it starts to come off and you
have to do something else.
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If your hand fits:
* A wrench,
* A utility knife, and
* A spatulata
You can do it yourself.
Know a bachelor with a tool kit? He'll probably be eager to trade a
vinyl-floor lay for a rack of lamb dinner.
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