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    I've had self stick vinyl tiles on particle board in three rooms for 20 + years.
    Water heater leaked for several months in laundry room and soaked the floor. A handyman talked me into tearing up the particle board and replacing it with particle board - and charged me three times what a local licensed contractor did to replace the water heater.
    I plan to put self stick vinyl tile again. Homeguides says "...vinyl tiles can be installed on it, provided the particleboard is sealed first.
    Seal the particleboard well with a shellac sealer. Sealing is crucial with vinyl flooring because there is no grout between the tiles to prevent moisture from seeping through the installation and swelling the subfloor."

    I called the contractor who put in the water heater and he doesn't think the vinyl tiles will stick to shellac. Some others think it's a good idea, others don't.

    Any insights about this?

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    Use an oil based paint sealer like Zinnser or Kilz. Why they require an oil ased sealer is two fold, 1. it wont swell the particle board when aplied like a water based sealer will and 2 has an excellent bond strength, thus giving anything sticking to it a high bond.
    Should have used either a ply or Advantech with both of these you would have still been wise to seal but it's a water based primer that mainly gives a bond, the oil based sealers are also going to add a level of moisture protection to a very moisture sensitive flooring product.
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