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Old 07-22-2012, 01:05 AM   #1
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Is my door painted with latex or oil paint?


I am looking to repaint my interior (bedroom) doors. This is in a house that was built in the late 80s, early 90s. Standard stock builder interior doors painted white, nothing fancy.

How can I tell if the existing paint is oil or latex, to know what preparation I need to do? I am planning to use Ace Hardware cabinet and trim paint in something like espresso to repaint.


And btw, does anyone have suggestions for any other good paint that is similar to the one above, reasonably priced, but has a shorter dry time before coats? (last I checked, this paint needed 24 hrs between coats).
Trying to stay with a good latex, and avoid oil.

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Get a can of goof off and put a little on a rag and rub the paint, if it comes off it is latex.
Any top of the line trim paint from a real paint store will work, just ask where ever you go

I have been using Maner Hall Timeless (PPG)and am very happy with it.

24 hour dry time, latex??
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Does it really matter? Sand and prime with a good quality primer and you'll be set.

Otherwise, "you can use fingernail polish remover, denatured alcohol or lacquer thinner to coat a q-tip. Rub the q-tip in an inconspicuous area and take a look at the tip. If you have latex paint, then some of the color will come off on the q-tip. If you have oil based paint on the walls nothing will happen."
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No need to prime if it is latex
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Thanks guys,
yes -- i was trying to avoid sanding and priming if it's latex on latex.
I will give your suggestions a try.

I was thinking the Ace Hardware's cabinet paint is latex, but now I'm not sure. I now paid more attention to the label.

http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...uctId=12664179

it says "Water based Alkyd" which is.. what?
How am I suppose to treat it when painting on top of existing latex or oil?
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Thanks guys,
yes -- i was trying to avoid sanding and priming if it's latex on latex.
I will give your suggestions a try.

I was thinking the Ace Hardware's cabinet paint is latex, but now I'm not sure. I now paid more attention to the label.

http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...uctId=12664179

it says "Water based Alkyd" which is.. what?
How am I suppose to treat it when painting on top of existing latex or oil?

it is a hybrid , just treat it like latex and you will be fine

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