What kind of paint is already there?

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Old 04-20-04, 06:16 AM
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Question What kind of paint is already there?

Thanks to you guys, I understand the importance of knowing what kind of paint is on the walls before painting over it. Is there a way to tell what kind of paint the previous owners used assuming that they left no paint cans behind?
 
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Old 04-20-04, 04:18 PM
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Testing for oil or latex

If you are referring to checking as to wether its oil or latex, yes there is a test.

Use a rag or cotton swab, dip in some denatured alcohol. Rub it on the existing paint. If the paint comes off onto the swab or rag, its latex. If it doesn't come off, its oil.
 
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Thanks Pro, Now maybe I can paint the rest of my rooms just one time and KNOW that it's going to come out allright.
 
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Old 04-22-04, 09:14 AM
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Latex paint and oil paint age differently as well. If the paint is peeling its easy to tell. Latex tends to pull off in long thin strips whereas oil paint will sort of form crunchy little scales that flake off.
 
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Might be Latex

Thanks Philly,

Since it seems to be coming off in big strips, it must be latex. Therefore I don't need to prime right before using another latex paint-- right?
 
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Latex will adhere to latex, but if its coming off in big strips as posted above, some sort of prep/prime is in order.
 
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Old 04-23-04, 03:53 AM
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Any suggestions for bathroom ceiling primer/paint? I hear that Behr is good for paint. Ceiling should be semi-gloss?
Wish I could just take you down to my local paint store. . . .
 
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