Good Questions: Painting Over Linoleum?

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Hello AT,

How do I paint over worn linoleum flooring? Do I have to prepare the floor first?

Thanks, Ronnie

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Dear Ronnie,

we're sure we've answered this question before, but we can't find the post so we'll have to try again. Linoleum does not like to be painted over and most painters or shops will tell you not to do it. However, we have painted over it a few times and been fine with the results (which are not beautiful, but better than what was there before).

The trick is to really really prep the linoleum before you paint it. We recommend a good hard scrubbing, followed by a light sanding (or scratching with a wire brush), followed by an oil based primer and then an oil based paint. It's a bit heavy handed, but you want this stuff to stay down.

We also found This thread helpful, and you might want to heed Fiona's advice and skip the sanding.

Anyone else?

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