How to Refinish Your Armstrong Solarian No-Wax Floor

Armstrong Solarian flooring is a resilient flooring made to withstand a lot of abuse. The floors are easy to clean and durable. The flooring is relatively inexpensive compared to tile and wood. When you get tired of the style and color of your floors, you are limited in your refinishing options. You can either pull the flooring up and start over with something new, or add a layer of paint. Don't be afraid to paint your floors. With the right paint and the correct techniques, you can get a durable painted surface that will completely update the look of your home.

Vinyl floors can be refinished with paint.
  1. Combine trisodium phosphate (TSP) in a bucket with warm water according to the package directions. Mop the floors with the TSP solution to remove all residues from the floor and dull the shine.
  2. Attach medium grit sandpaper to an orbital sander. Move the sander across the floors to scuff the surface and create texture. The added texture will allow the paint to better adhere to the floors. Remove sanding dust with a damp mop.
  3. Pour oil-based paint into a paint pan. Saturate a smooth texture woven roller brush with primer. Roll a thin, even coat of primer across the floor. Let the first coat dry. Apply a second coat of primer and let it dry overnight.
  4. Paint the floors using the same technique used to apply the primer. Use oil-based porch and floor paint. Apply multiple thin coats of paint instead of one thick coat for increased durability. Allow each coat of paint to dry before applying the next.
  5. Stay off the floors for seven days. Test an inconspicuous section of the floor to make sure it is fully cured. Try to make an indentation in the paint with your fingernail. If you can dent the paint, allow the floors to cure until you can no longer make a dent.

Things You Will Need

  • Trisodium phosphate
  • Rags
  • Orbital sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller
  • Paint
  • Polyurethane


  • When painting floors you can get creative by adding stripes or checkerboard patterns, or by painting a rug in the middle of the room. Use low tack painter's tape to create your design after you apply the primer.

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