How to Paint Over Rubber Floor Tile

  • 9-24 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 100-300
What You'll Need
Vacuum machine
A paint brush
Polyurethane finish

Rubber floor tile can become dull over time from wear. You can freshen your rubber tiles with a coat of paint. Be sure to use a paint designed for covering rubber. Visit your local hardware store and speak with a professional about painting rubber tile flooring.

Step 1 – Cleaning the Floor

Use your vacuum to remove any surface dirt and dust from the floor. Fill a bucket with warm water. Add some liquid detergent to the water. Mix the soap into the water. Immerse a sponge into the warm, soapy water. Squeeze out any excess liquid. Use the sponge to wash the floors. Allow the floors enough time to dry.

Step 2 – Applying the Primer

Use your paint brush to apply the primer to the floor. Begin in one corner of the room and work your way back to an exit. Be sure to use long, even strokes. Apply the primer in one direction. Allow the primer to dry thoroughly.

WARNING: Check the primer's label for safety instructions and ingredients before you start applying it. You may have to wear safety clothing (including a face mask and safety glasses) and open nearby windows to give proper ventilation while applying the primer.

Step 3 – Applying the Paint

Use your paint brush to apply the paint over the primer. Begin in the same corner you used to start applying the primer. Apply the paint in long, even strokes, always working in the same direction. Allow the paint to dry completely. Apply a second coat of paint and allow it to dry. Apply a polyurethane finish over the paint.