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Identifying existing paint type?

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by emilybronte, 13 May 2014.

  1. emilybronte

    emilybronte

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    Does anyone know of a less destructive method than heat, of determining whether the paint on a window frame is oil or water based?

    The property owners do not know which it was. It was done about 3 years ago and is in very good condition - they just want to change the colour. I'm hoping it's oil based, then I can dispense with an undercoat and just apply two coats of the new oil based gloss.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
     
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    Sand it down a bit then heat the dust to see if it melts.
     
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