Have you ever wanted to repaint or touch up a chipped door or skirting board and wondered “how can I tell whether my existing paint is oil or water-based?"
The answer can be determined rather easily by performing a simple test!
What you will need:
Painted surface for sampling
Just dab a small section of a rag in Methylated Spirits and hold it against the painted surface for around thirty seconds. Then, gently rub and check the rag to see whether the paint has softened and/or if any of the colour has transferred. If so, then you have water-based paint!
If no paint transfers (and it looks as though you are giving it a good clean, if anything) then your paint is most likely oil-based.
It is ideal to use a rag which has a contrasting colour to that of your paint sample – it makes the transferred paint easier to spot!
And finally, please don’t substitute or confuse Methylated Spirits with Mineral Turpentine (Turps). Turps can’t differentiate between the two paint types and paint will transfer onto your rag whether it be oil or water-based.
So don’t forget, if the paint transfers then it’s water-based!
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