Testing for Paint Types – Latex or Oil-based

  • Test for which paint type is on a surface by spraying a small amount of Acetone-based Fingernail Polish remover on a part of the surface, it will quickly remove latex but not remove oil-based paints
  • you can repaint an Oil-based paint surface with Oil-based paint, and a latex-based surface with latex-based paint, but not latex over oil
  • if you want to paint over oil you should use an oil-based primer, let dry 24 hours, and then paint over it with latex or oil-based paints
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