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molamola 11-08-2008 11:09 AM

Old old linoleum, can it take paint?
Might be the original linoleum tiles, 1972, 12" square, black and white, akkkk. I can't do the floors right away, could I slap on some paint in the meantime?


ccarlisle 11-08-2008 01:24 PM

..."could I slap on some paint in the meantime?

what and have it look decent? Really doubt it.

Linoleum (and I take your word for it that it is 'linoluem' not vinyl) was made from linseed oil and, by now, has hardened quite a bit. But compared to a hard flooring, like ceramic, it is soft - and so the layer of paint you put on it will most likely crack over time. You'll have chips with your flakes...

That is if the paint you put down is compatible with linoleum.

molamola 11-08-2008 01:52 PM

I'm not thinking it'll look anywhere decent or nice, I just am seeking to get rid of that awful, unbearable, sorta black and sorta white checkerboard. lol

slickshift 11-08-2008 04:16 PM

It might stick, it might not
Chances are high (too high IMO) it won't
And even if it does, for a while, chances are high it will leave you with an even bigger mess later
(well it will no matter what, but technically it's possible it might not be that much of a bigger mess)
I'd suggest living with it until you can have it done properly

If you must coat now, try an alkyd "porch & floor" type enamel, and hope for the best
There is always the (slim) chance it will hold out for a year (or maybe more)
If it fails however, it will create a horrible mess, maybe all at once, maybe over time

Oh, and make sure it's really linoleum, not CVT (commercial vinyl tile)
CVT you might perhaps have a better chance with water-based
Either way, it's gotta be stripped and cleaned like nobody's business before coating

Again, I can not recommend it
I'd suggest living with it until you can do it right

molamola 11-08-2008 06:09 PM

Oh, Lord. I'm old. I'm worn out.

I go in any of those three bedrooms of this horrid old house I bought, and I can't stand one whole minute. Bleah-black and bleah-white checkerboard nightmare floor. No. Sixty seconds, and I'm shivvering me timbers, whatever that is. Who would think a floor is so important, so influential?

And I have to have a URL to post photos here? You're joking! Archaic!! I see there's a blog option. For your amusement, I'll go there. Give me a few minutes. Or tomorrow.

That sorta-black and sorta-white checkered floor makes me feel like I ate too much Anchovy Icecream.

The leaky roof, and Grand Canyon driveway are first on the list, with the upgrade budget that went the way of my stock market portfolio. Waaaaa. Pffft. and owell.

Arrr! I'll give it a go for a --- year? A few months? The real estate market here is loaded with boomers seeking retirement in Paradise, the fools. I'll put this baby on Ebay auction if it's too much for me. But the place is very quiet, very peaceful. I wanna live there for a coupla years, then rent it for my income, that works, sometimes.

But all help will be greatly appreciated!!! I'm just a stoopid old lady that doesn't really want to do any blue jobs.

Let's go for a sail, and go for a dive.


Goofy Melissa, at this point.

OH! and, I crawled up the stepladder, peeked over the edge, and the roof looks like... um, just plywood. Does anyone just nail plywood to joists(is that the word?) Those beam things, for a roof?? NO! Do some tape thing with the seams, then just paint the plywood??? And then, if no one paints it for ten, fifteen years, it just might start leaking?

Lordy, Lordy, should I start writing a book? hahahahaha!

Thanks for any helpful suggestions.


molamola 11-08-2008 06:27 PM

I've been gabbing on the internet for nine years, and this is the MOST user unfriendly, confusing, difficult-to use place I've EVER been!!!!!!

molamola 11-08-2008 06:30 PM

I uploaded a photo someplace here, but you'll have to try to find it.

Worst forum I've ever visited. Twisted minds thought up the workings of this place, trust me.

bofusmosby 11-08-2008 07:47 PM

Ah, come on, its not that bad, once you get the hang of it. :wink: When you are making a post, scroll down to "manage attachments" Push this, and then a box will pop up, and if you have a photo stored on your computer, you can push "brouse". When you find the photo you want to post, push open. Then, press the "upload" button. Just keep this in mind, you may have to resize the photo on your computer before you do this. Try to keep the photo file at about 100 kb. This is what i do.

BTW, welcome aboard! I too have the stupid checker-board pattern in my kitchen. It could be a sheet of linoleum, but I'm not sure. Its not in too good of shape either. Someday soon, I hope to replace it with something MUCH better. Painting it never even occured to me, but I doubt it would last too long.


molamola 11-09-2008 06:37 AM

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Late, tired, and still grossed out at those ... floors.

Early(I'm a morning person) full of the best coffee, and my opinion of those horrid floors is the same "...".

I just need a quick fix until I have enough moneymoney. The leaky roof is more important. Six months...

There's a little 'scenery' icon up there that only allows a URL photo. Thanks for the scroll down instructions! I am not very good at reading, tho' I read books of all sorts all the time.

I uploaded the photo once, and it doen't show here. Yes, it's all resized and compresses. Oh, but it's down there. Confusing.

(edit: Hooray!)

bofusmosby 11-09-2008 06:53 AM

Sorry, I was just trying to help.:huh:

molamola 11-09-2008 07:09 AM

Hey! You did help! I was NOT aiming at offending you!!!

That black and white is visual rap music at 130 decibels, no?

I have very little furniture, like, not even a bed right now. Maybe I can put down painted floor cloth...

very very very sorry your feeling got hurt.

not my intention at all.

molamola 11-09-2008 08:15 AM

Now I'm confused. Bofus, How in the World did I offend you?? I simply said that a floor is unbearable to me.

The entire house has those old tiles. Three small bedrooms are the black and white. The LR, hall, and kitchen are a bland, worn out, broken is spots, sort of cream color. I want all of it replaced, the whole house. Big project. I think it best to fix the roof first, and the steep, dirt driveway that only a jeep can negotiate for the ruts.

bofusmosby 11-09-2008 03:20 PM

Sorry, I misunderstood you. When you mentioned about reading all the time, I thought you were being sarcastic about my instructions on posting a photo. No harm, I'm a big boy!:thumbsup:

Well, I agree with you about the tiles "looking" like loud rap-music. I will be replacing mine as well. However, first I have to get the outside of my house finished. By the way its going, it'l take years for that to happen. Below my floor is another layer of linoleum in just as bad a condition from the 20's or 30's.

BTW, there might be some asbestos in those tiles. Be careful!

I agree with you about your roof. Much more important! Maybe you can put down some throw rugs in places to "mute" the loud floor.:laughing:

molamola 11-09-2008 04:35 PM

OK. I am misunderstood all the time!

bofusmosby 11-09-2008 04:59 PM

:laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing: I like that!:)

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