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Old 01-02-2010, 09:52 PM   #1
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How to tell if current finish is water base or?


My daughter just bought her first condo. The kitchen cabinets were gone over with a light white wash at some point. It feels like there is little if any "finish" coat. The wood is a little bit raw feeling to the touch. She wants to put a clear coat on them. Is it safe to put a water base clear coat? I know it won't stay if the under coat was oil base but I thought since it felt rough it may adhere well anyway. Is there a way to discern if existing stuff was oil or do I not even need to worry about it?
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When in doubt use a primer first. A good acrylic primer and an enamel top coat will work fine. clean and sand the old finish first no matter what you decide to do.

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Rub it with goof off or denatured alcohol on a rag, if it comes off it is latex.
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Rub it with goof off or denatured alcohol on a rag, if it comes off it is latex.
Acetone will also rub the latex off but will have no effects on oil or alkyd paints.

Probably doesnt matter what is on there, give a good light sand to remove the gloss, run over entire surface with tack cloths to remove dust and clear coat.
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