Vinyl flooring is made from polyvinyl chloride, more commonly known as PVC. They are available either as tiles or in big sheets. In comparison with other flooring materials, vinyl flooring is more affordable. The cheaper option to changing the flooring is to just paint it. These are just a few steps that one should adhere to in order to avoid burning a hole in the pocket.
- Vinyl flooring tiles have sheen over them. To remove this, buy a chemical wash from the paint dealer. There are two types of wash available, viz., trisodium phosphate or any ammonia-based solution. Use the chemical wash on the floor before painting it.
- The floor should be dried completely, before starting off with the next step. Rub the floor using a sandpaper to remove all the shine.
- There is a possibility that a de-glosser may be required, as the sandpaper might not be able to get rid of all the gloss from the corner areas. Before jumping to the next step, take a break for at least 15 minutes.
- Just as in the case of painting walls, apply a coat of primer to the floor before painting it. Use any water-based primer, as PVC is a paint-resistant surface. The primer should be applied as a thick layer using a rolling brush, and make sure that all the edges and corners are also primed. Let it dry thoroughly for approximately 48 hours. The primer acts as an adhesive for the paint to stick to the vinyl flooring., so it is advisable to apply a second coat of it for increasing the longevity of the paint.
- While you let the primer dry, why not undertake a survey and decide on the paint that you want to use. Normally, oil paint, garbage paint, or porch paint should be used. The porch paint will give the best results, as it is durable and would last at least a little more than other types of paint. It is suggested that a thick coat of paint should be applied, since the floor is utilized the maximum and there are chances of more wear and tear. Painting should be started at the farthest corner from the door. The paint should be applied using a roller brush, as it gives an even coating. Two to three coats of paint can be applied to the floor. Check if there are any imperfections. If you do come across an imperfection, just remove it. Let the paint dry thoroughly between each coat.
- If you want to spruce up the look of the newly-made flooring, stencil patterns and designs available at craft stores can be added to it. To stick the pattern to the floor, you need a spray adhesive. Place the patterns the way you want them on the floor. Using the spray adhesive, stick them to the floor temporarily and apply the stencil paint. The spray adhesive will hold the stencil in place and will not let it move when the paint is applied. You can also create your own stencil designs and patterns. In case there are certain designs that you like, you can place them on the floor too. The procedure is the same as that for stencil designs and patterns. These 'homemade' designs will last due to the process that will be undertaken in the next step.
- After the stencil work is done, the paint needs to be sealed. Since the floor is the most used part of the house, extra protection needs to be taken for the paint to last. The sealer will also give a clear finish to the floor. It is also necessary to choose a sealer compatible to the paint. Normally, polyurethane is suggested for the same. Use two to three coats of sealer to save time, energy, and money.