how to tell what the previous type of paint was?


Old 09-19-04, 11:33 AM
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Question how to tell what the previous type of paint was?

how do you figure out what type of paint the previous owners used on a room?
I really don't want to have to prime it if it is not necessary?

I remember soemone telling me once about the nail polish test...does anyone know what this is??
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Old 09-23-04, 10:26 AM
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If I remember correctly, you can use acetone.. dab some on a cloth and rub the paint slightly, if it comes off on the cloth, its latex. If it doesnt, its oil based paint.
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Rub it with denatured alcohol. If it comes off on the rag, its latex. If it stays solid and doesn't come off, its oil. A paint chip to the paint store won't hurt either though. __________________

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Old 09-23-04, 06:05 PM
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HEY, thats my line.

But, yeah, thats how we do it.
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