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ArstrmComTru 04-20-2021 01:32 PM

Vinyl floor tear - 2021 FC 27 FBT
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Hi all, our cutting board slipped in transit and tore a hole in the vinyl floor. Any suggestions on a fix? It's pretty small so I'd like to just glue it or patch if possible. Pictures attached. Thank you!

SeeMore 04-20-2021 02:28 PM

Plug in a hair dryer and switch it to the medium setting. Using a steady back-and-forth motion, warm the damaged area until the flooring feels pliable. Next, gently stretch both sides of the tear inward to close the gap. After that, apply acrylic cement beneath both sections of the torn flooring. For the best adhesion, apply the cement directly to the wood subfloor, if it’s possible to do so. Once you’ve put down the glue—and before the stretched flooring gets the chance to cool and contract—place a heavy object (e.g., a cinder block) over the repair.

When you remove the weight, a thin gap may still appear in the material. If so, head to the local drug store and purchase some nail polish in a color that closely matches the flooring. You may need to brush on several layers of polish fill the crack , but in the end, you’re likely to be the only one who knows about or notices the patch.

Here is a link to another similar approach:

GCinSC2 04-20-2021 02:43 PM


That read like been there done that and several T shirts in the closet.


ArstrmComTru 04-20-2021 05:09 PM

Thanks! Will definitely give that a try.

doughpat 04-21-2021 11:57 AM

Neat idea, I have a similar tear I might try this on. I have a small iron that is normally used for remote control airplane skins, I wonder if that might work with less chance of damage to surrounding material?

s1000pre 04-21-2021 12:20 PM

I dropped a knife into the vinyl floor in my 2020 international. I called a company named Creative Color. $150 and you can’t see where the knife fell. I would use them again.

rowiebowie 04-21-2021 12:48 PM

If the torn area sits flat and is hardly noticeable when pressed back into place, I'd glue it in with Amazing Goop

It won't harm the flooring and any that squeezes out after applying and pressing the torn part into place, can be rubbed off with your finger. It has an amazing property (hence the name) that any excess gets tacky within few minutes. Once this happens, you can rub off the excess as it will "ball up" and stick to itself (not to the surface it's being rubbed off of). Just do this within 10-15 minutes of application. This keeps it from sticking to the floor surface. It will come off completely while still holding the torn flooring in place.

I've found hundreds of uses for Goop adhesive and gone through dozens of tubes over many years. It shrinks a little when curing but stays fairly thick, making it great for tasks where you want to build up or coat in unseen areas. The only fail was using it on styrofoam (it dissolves styrofoam). But it has never damaged anything else I've applied it to.

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