How can i solve the sticky paint on my floor?

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ive found some info on this topic already, which is what brought me here, just wanted to ask a little more detail.

I painted over a linoleum floor (i know not recommended) with black, latex paint. the next day, the paint was not set persay but it is sticky/tacky. i gave an extra day, but 48 hours later it wasnt really any better. i didnt sand, but used a deglosser before. i only did 1 coat, but i put it on very thick.

my concern with the powder trick is that i painted the floor black, and want to keep the crisp black look. i was already thinking about adding a gloss, and wondered if that is this something i could also do to "dry/cover" the stickyness? or could this still dry in the next day or so? or even if i dont get to gloss it, is there any other kind of varnish or sealant i could use in place of powder? or should i just do powder to dry it up, then do a gloss to get back to that crisp black look?


any thoughts, suggestions or constructive criticism is much appreciated.


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  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Feb 16, 2021

    you can also use baking soda to dry the paint - here is more info

    https://thediyplan.com/why-is-paint-sticky-or-tacky/

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Feb 16, 2021

    I would put a space heater pointed at it and give it another day or to. Especially because you used acrylic paint you will want to seal it anyway. Once it gets as dry as you think its going to get I would go ahead and seal it with a polyacrylic sealant, do a light coat, let that dry and then do at least one more coat. That should take care of the tackiness.

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    • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Feb 19, 2021

      YAY! That's great news!

  • Em Em on Feb 16, 2021

    Why Is My Interior/Exterior Semi-Gloss Sticky? | Hunker

    https://www.hunker.com/13412884/why-is-my-interior...

    If your semi-gloss paint is taking an extraordinarily long time to dry, you might not have let enough time pass between coats. This could make the paint remain sticky for a long time. Eventually it should dry out. Ensure that you allow complete …

  • William William on Feb 16, 2021

    First you used a deglosser on linoleum. It probably softened the linoleum. There was no need to sand or degloss. A good cleaning was all. Did you prime before painting? Priming seals the surface and creates a bonding surface for the paint. Putting on a thick coat will take time to dry and cure. You can try using fans to assist in drying. Another option is using Goo Gone to remove the stickiness. Mineral Spirits may also help. Putting on a finish coat won't help in sealing the stickiness. It will prolong the drying time.

    • David David on Feb 16, 2021

      Appreciate the response. I did not Prime, admittedly, I was lazy in my prep. This was an Impulse / experiment for fun decision... I had anticipated issues with it not looking great, but I had not anticipated not being able to walk on the floor

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Feb 16, 2021

    Hello I would suggest calling the paint manufacturer for their suggestions. I have had some companies provide replacement product if faulty finishes resulted.

  • All of the painted linoleum floor DIYs that I have seen over the years suggest a polyurethane/ polyacrylic top coat. In the comments of this post a lot of people share that their floors are tacky, too. I think it's a common problem. https://www.viewalongtheway.com/2013/01/how-to-paint-vinyl-or-laminate-flooring/

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Feb 18, 2021

    I did this in a bathroom. Did you add a topcoat? That fixed the tacky feel of mine.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Feb 18, 2021

    It sounds like your first layer didn't dry before applying another coat. Try a dehumidifier and time so that it will thoroughly dry and hopefully that will take care of the issue.

    • David David on Feb 18, 2021

      well i only did one coat, but you are still correct. i had put it on WAY too thick.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Feb 19, 2021

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  • Sharon Sharon on Feb 21, 2021

    Try running a floor fan over the floor to try and dry..... I would add anything to it, as it will never dry then,

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