How Do You Test for Oil or Latex Paint?


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First, make a solution of detergent and water to scrub the test area. Take a cotton swab, and rub rubbing alcohol over the area. If the paint peels, it is latex.

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Acetone is another alternative for testing paint. Testing the base of the paint determines the longevity of a new paint job. Both types have different properties. If the paint is latex, a latex paint must be used for a new paint job. Painting oil over a latex paint causes the new coat to crack. Oil paint requires a primer before a new paint job. If latex is painted over oil paint, the latex paint peels off.

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