Frequently Asked
 Painting Questions

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Can I apply latex paint over an oil base, or vice versa?

You cannot apply latex paint over an oil base because it will not adhere properly and will peel or scratch off easily. In general, you should always put an oil-based paint over an oil base, and water-based paint over a water base. Although you can paint oil
over latex, over time it will crack. The only exception to these rules is alkyd primer. Most alkyd primers are formulated to go under both oil and water bases.

How do I know if the existing basecoat on my wall is latex or oil?

Paint a small patch of your wall with latex paint. When it is thoroughly dry, scratch it with your fingernail. If it comes off, your base is oil.

What are some methods of removing wallpaper?

Test your wallpaper before starting to see just how easy (or difficult) it will be to remove. You have 3 options to choose from:

1) You can soak the walls by scouring them with a wet sponge or spraying them with a spritzer. Give the water a short while to soak in, then carefully remove the paper with a scraper.

2) You can rent a steamer. This can, however, be difficult to use in awkward places, and you must be careful not to burn yourself.

3) You can purchase a tinted wallpaper-removing gel that is applied with a special type of roller. After the gel has had a half hour to soak in, the wallpaper peels off very easily. Once all your wallpaper is removed, refill any holes or scrape marks with filler,
and then prime the walls before you begin painting. 

Can I paint on wood paneling?

Yes, give it a light sanding to get rid of the shine and to give the board a bit of a tooth. Use a high-density alkyd primer, so that the paint will adhere nicely, then you can paint whatever you want over that. 

How often should I paint the outside of my house?

A new house should be repainted at 3 - 5 years of age. An existing house should be repainted every 5 - 8 years.

What type of paint should I use on the exterior of my house?

Use Latex Semi-Gloss paint.

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