Self-stick vinyl tile (also called peel-and-stick tile) is a do-it-yourselfer's dream material. It requires only basic skills, minimal time, and a few tools. However, self-stick tile also requires a precise eye when setting the first tile and those in the first row adjoining it. How straight the remaining installation looks depends in large part on the accuracy of the first row.
We'll walk you through the entire installation process for self-stick tile. Our steps do include the application of a primer, but some manufacturers don't recommend a primer. Others do, but only on porous surfaces such as plywood. Consult manufacturer's directions before applying.
Also understand that once the tile comes into contact with the floor, the adhesive is unforgiving; you won't be able to adjust the tile's position. If you misalign a tile, you'll probably have to pull it up and replace it. The tile will likely be damaged, but you might be able to find a place for it as a cut tile in a corner. Also, the paper backings on self-stick tile are slippery underfoot. Place a wastebasket at your side as you lay the tiles. Don't remove the tile backing until you're ready to set the tile. Dispose of the backing immediately.
You can expect to spend about 2 hours tiling an 8x10-foot floor. Before you begin, repair and clean the floor.