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Old 04-29-2013, 01:29 PM   #1
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have i made a huge mistake (latex over oil)?


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So after carefully planning out my post wallpaper wall prep (on another thread) I think I might have made a huge mistake with my non-wallpaper rooms.

I went through, and painted 3 good sized rooms with a high quality acrylic latex paint (Dunn Edwards, Spartawall to be exact). As the rooms had paint on the wall already, and were in reasonable shape, i figured no need to prime - I repaired a few cracks, cleaned the walls, and put on two coats of paint, finishing yesterday. Now it's only now occuring to me that these walls were probably oil/lead paint. Most of the house has been a time-capsule since 1959 - original everything, even basic things had not been updated. The walls certainly didn't look like they'd been painted in a good long time, if ever, and were very dirty - I washed them down prior to painting.

So...if they were oil/lead, how much trouble am I in? Have i just wasted the time, money, and paint? Am i going to need to reinvest a lot more time and money trying to remove the latex paint and properly prep the wall? Any chance this just 'works out'? (said in a fairly desperate tone..)

appreciate all advice,
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:45 PM   #2
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What was the sheen of the old paint? Usually with walls , if they were flat or near flat, that will give enough for the new paint to grab on to.
If they were a shiny paint, might be a bit of a problem.
But walls are more forgiving ( usually) than trim that gets bumped alot.
Give it a month ( to cure totally) and then there is a slightly invasive test you can do. (inconspicuous spot)
Make an x with a razor knife just deep enough to go through the new paint.
Put a piece of tape on it, and then put it off. Did the new paint come off easily also?

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thanks for the advice - i'll give that a try!

The walls i painted were all flat, and I used flat paint on top on all of them except one room - my childs, where i used 'velvet' - which is above flat but below eggshell on the shiny scale.

I'll keep my fingers crossed and be more careful in future!!!
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You are probably fine, it was pretty rare for oil to be used on walls. It was done, but not much.
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You are probably fine, it was pretty rare for oil to be used on walls. It was done, but not much.
This was a hot product!

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Maybe out there, I never heard of it
Like I said ,it was done, just not that much
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LOL- Chris, you are so easy. Look at that ad- when do you think that it was made? Never heard of it..
but it may have been around when the op's walls were originally done.
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LOL- Chris, you are so easy. Look at that ad- when do you think that it was made? Never heard of it..
but it may have been around when the op's walls were originally done.

EASY? me? I saw the ad, still never heard of it
certainly it COULD be on the wall, my point was, probably not

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