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linneak 07-05-2006 11:16 AM

self-adhesive tile on paint?
Okay, I'm new here, so please excuse if this was discussed long ago! I'm in the middle of a headache of a (my first) flooring project. I'm in a new rental house, and the landlord REALLY doesn't care, so I just want to make it passable - I'm not picky and anything will be better that what was there before.

When I scraped/pulled up the old floor, there were 2 layers of vinyl tile, a sheet of linoleum, and a sheet of that paper-backed padding stuff beneath that. I've done everything I can, and can't get all the paper from the last layer off the boards. Which brings me to the next problem I encountered - the subfloor is boards rather than plywood sheets. The wood is sound, so that's not an issue - it's just the cracks. It's quite level, so I'm not worried there. I got some floor prep/levelling compound stuff to fill in the cracks and chipped areas of the boards. This seems to be working fine.

Now what I'm concerned about, is that I basically have THREE surfaces to stick the tile to (wood, levelling compound, and paper in the places I couldn't get it off) and I'm worried that the self-adhesive vinyl tile I have won't stick uniformly to all the surfaces. I have some extra wall paint from the room, just a regular mid-grade Wal-Mart brand, and I was thinking of putting down a layer of it first. Is this a good idea, or does it make sense to anyone else? I just want the tile to stick well everywhere, and not start coming up in places!

Thanks in advance for any advice!

Square Eye 07-05-2006 11:50 AM

Interior latex will not hold up to damp conditions for long. It will release and your tile will come up with it.

You might try a stain-killing primer, Kilz Oil base, or another oil base exterior primer. Even a polyurethane would be better than a latex under a sticky-tile floor. I certainly agree that the current surface could use something.

Good luck with it!

Square Eye 07-05-2006 11:53 AM

I just happened to remember that there is a sealer made just for this application. I've used it myself and it was great! It dried within an hour and the floor looked terrific 6 months after it was installed. Check back with the dealer who sold you the tile. They will know what will work.

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