Can you Paint Vinyl Flooring?

You might be wondering what to do with your old discolored vinyl flooring at this point. You can improve the look of your flooring without having to replace the entire flooring.

Although it might not look as good as if you replaced it, It is possible to paint your vinyl. This is, however, a short-term remedy. If you want a long-lasting/durable solution, I advise you to entirely replace the damaged areas.

It is a real money-saving technique for restoring the appearance of your room.

How to Paint Vinyl Flooring

Prepare the Vinyl Floor

Remove any obstacles in the room. Clear even the furniture and if possible, place them in a different room until you’re done with this process.

After clearing the room, do a thorough cleaning. The most affected areas are usually under the furniture and under the washing machine because they are rarely moved.


This is a step that I insist you make sure you’ve done it properly. Using 120-grit sandpaper, sand until the shiny finish became dull. That’s how you’ll know that you’re ready to proceed to the next step.

Fill any Holes

This is if you have any holes in your vinyl. You can skip this step if you have none.

Inspect the floor for any dents that might have been dented when moving the furniture.

In case of any dents, scoop a little filler and apply it to the hole. Give it time to dry, then afterward sand the spot to make sure it is even with the rest of the floor.

Degloss the Floor

Wipe off any dust that was left when sanding using water only. You can dip the mop in water or use a wet cloth.

Squirt the deglossing liquid and apply it from the furthest side of the door. Apply as you head towards the door.

Give it time to completely dry.

The purpose of the deglosser is to completely remove any glossy layer on the vinyl. This makes the paint easily adhere to the surface of the vinyl.

Apply Liquid Primer

Stir the primer to avoid bubbles, and use the same method you used to apply the deglosser.

When applying the primer make sure the room is well-ventilated.

Primer is usually thin and will be dry in a very short time.

When dry, start preparing to paint. Using painter’s tape, cover the corners of the walls on the baseboards to protect them from catching painting.


Using a small brush, paint along the corners. These are the most difficult areas, but Once that is done, jump right into the roller.

As you paint make sure the strokes face one direction. Don’t go vertical and horizontal. Choose your comfortable side and stick to that.

Let the first coat dry and give it another coat. Following the same procedure.

Disclaimer: Using ordinary latex enamel paint might look good in the beginning but in the long run, after some time of foot traffic, it won’t look as good. It is not durable.

Decorate (Optional)

By now, your floor looks cool, but using stencils will make your floor look super cool. It will give life to the room rather than just one color.

Choose the design you want. Pinterest is your friend. Lol! Explore.

Start the stencil in the middle of the room and work outwardly. This will give harmony to the design of the entire room.

Things you’ll need

  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • Clean Cloth or sponge
  • Paint roller and brush
  • Paint
  • Liquid deglosser
  • Painters tape (masking tape)
  • Primer
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Putty filler.

Note: Always wear protective wear before you undertake this procedure.

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