Painting vinyl flooring

I have very dark brown vinyl flooring that looks like actual wood planks. I wanted to use some leftover vinyl I have for another project. Is it possible to paint it so it looks lighter, like weathered plank. If so what did you use and what process?
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  • Tim D. (The Retro Den) Tim D. (The Retro Den) on Jul 30, 2015
    Here's one thought... Marine Grade Deck Paint... No latex... Oil based epoxy... The only way to go. Not cheap. Several thin layers with adequate drying time...
  • Tenna Baedke Tenna Baedke on Jul 30, 2015
    Two part epoxy paint for garage floors should work.
  • Whomping Willow Whomping Willow on Jul 30, 2015
    You don't say what the other project is. If it's on the floor I saw this: If it won't get alot of wear and tear then any paint with a top coat of poly should work. Dry brush a deluded white or gray on a sample piece, keep a wet cloth near, if you are not getting the effect you want just wipe it off and keep trying, good luck:)
    • Rachael Smith Escobar Rachael Smith Escobar on Jul 30, 2015
      I was actually thinking of using it on the wall to create a partial wood plank look in my son's room .he wants a fishing theme, not the beach type but more "lake house and bass". I've seen other diys using flooring for this purpose, however my vinyl is too dark for the look I need.
  • Z Z on Jul 30, 2015
    The only thing I can't think of to try would be a white glaze so you could still see the wood grain through it. Not sure it will adhere though. You could try with a bottle of craft paint so you're not out of too much cash if it doesn't work.
  • Susen Gail Susen Gail on Jul 30, 2015
    , Painting vinyl works, but I sanded my bathroom floor, gave it a coat of Zinsners and then painted black and white tiles. It's held up very well for three years. However, to make the flooring lighter? I know that Annie Sloan chalk paint is a good product. You could dilute the old white to make a wash and retain the pattern of the flooring planks. Then use their flooring top coat that is clear. This might work for you. Just a suggestion. Happy Decorating! susen
  • Kristin Topping Kristin Topping on Jul 31, 2015
    Such a splendid work you have done on vinyl flooring. It iseasy to care for and able to withstand the daily wear and tear of an active home, luxury flooring is an affordable choice for the many benefits it offers. All your hard work is lovely and impressive that can add an elegant and personalized touch to your home. Thanks for great project.