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Will Tile Stick to a Painted Wood Floor?

Tile will stick to most rigid, level surfaces, such as painted timber, given the suitable preparation work is done in order to ensure the mortar or adhesive will follow the floor surface. Severely damaged or stained paint should be removed completely, because it can lift, causing the entire installation to fail. Inspect flooring carefully to ensure that they are also structurally secure and level if you’re installing hard tiles.


Walk over and inspect the entire surface for damaged areas. You’re in luck if the paint is completely intact, and the preparation work will be somewhat simple. More work is so if you can find peeling sections, or the paint is badly worn. Scrape paint from damaged areas with to test its adhesion. General sanding will be enough if the paint comes up only in little flakes in the damaged area. The entire floor will need to be sanded back to timber before tiling if the paint peels extensively.


Small sanders can be used for smaller floors in entry ways, closets and so on. A rotary tool with a sanding drum can be utilized to sand areas with angles and curves, where door jambs or molding matches the ground. Larger flooring require a larger sanderscreening. Screening is done with a fiberglass mesh display on a floor buffer. Screening is enough for most jobs, unless other floor damage is present that requires sanding. Sand or display the entire surface. Dust and damp mop the area and let it dry.


Apply a coat of sanding sealer or tile prep sheeting to the ground with a paint roller. This will seal the wood and create a matte finish which will adhere to the tile well and help to stabilize the timber, minimizing swelling and shrinkage. Follow the product label instructions for the best results. Generally, spread it as evenly as possible and allow sufficient drying time before applying tile.

Tile Setup

There are three basic types of tile installation. Vinyl tile is occasionally self-adhesive, but can be also implemented with floors mastic or tile glue spread on each tile with a trowel. The recommended program for most hard surface tiles is to disperse conventional mortar on the ground and set the tiles to the mortar. Whichever method you select, study the instructions carefully before starting and follow the recommendations for the best results.

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