Can You Paint Vinyl?

You can paint vinyl if you employ the appropriate preparation strategy. Vinyl is a nonporous, slick surface; each of these traits causes it to reject paint adhesion. To make the paint stick, abrade the vinyl using sandpaper. Scour the surface until it feels slightly gritty to the palm of your hand. Once the item is abraded, add a coat of primer. Once the primer is dry, you may paint.



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    Tips & Warnings

  • To generate a smoother finish, use a polyester paintbrush instead of one with nylon bristles.
  • Be sure to clean the vinyl before and after abrading it to encourage adhesion.
  • If you’re painting vinyl flooring or vinyl tile, use a durable, resilient acrylic floor paint.

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