How to Use Epoxy Floor Coatings on Linoleum

Epoxy is a two-part coating that combines high-gloss beauty with extreme durability. It is ideal for surfaces that must endure a large amount of friction and duress. If you want to use epoxy to coat your linoleum floor, you will need to take specific steps to remove the wax topcoat or you will have no chance at adhesion. You will also need to abrade the underlying surface to promote adhesion or the finish will likely chip or flake over time.

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Epoxy will not adhere to linoleum unless the surface has been abraded with sandpaper to promote adhesion.

Step 1

Open doors and windows to provide ventilation for the work area.

Step 2

Scrub the linoleum floor with a heavy-duty cleaner like TSP and a coarse brush.

Step 3

Pour wax stripper into a bucket. Dilute the wax stripper according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 4

Apply the diluted wax stripper to the linoleum floor using a mop. Allow the wax stripper to sit. Consult the manufacturer's instructions for the specific wait time.

Step 5

Suck up the stripper and wax residue with a wet vacuum. Allow the surface to dry.

Step 6

Abrade the linoleum by sanding it with a palm sander loaded with 120-grit sandpaper.

Step 7

Cover any areas you do not want coated with painter's tape. Cover the surrounding baseboards with painter's tape.

Step 8

Pour the epoxy resin into the 5-gallon bucket, and stir in the catalyst. Stir for at least five minutes.

Step 9

Apply epoxy around baseboards using the paintbrush. Apply the epoxy to any areas inaccessible to the roller using a paintbrush.

Step 10

Apply epoxy to the rest of the linoleum using the roller. Allow the epoxy to dry for six hours before walking on it.

Step 11

Wash all painting tools with plain water.