How to remove latex paint and not the underlying oil-based paint?

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Topic by tjocpa posted 07-31-2008 07:00 PM 17273 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2008 07:00 PM

We recently moved into a home that the previous owner had painted latex paint over oil-based paint without any bonding primer or preparation of any kind that we can tell. Does anyone have a good way to remove the latex without removing the oil-based paint? The oil-based paint is in good shape and fine. The latex is not sticking to the oil and peeled or nicks very easily. HELP!

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07-28-2008 04:58 PM

I have used just detergent in the past to wash it away!
Good luck!

-- Eklectic,Follow Your Bliss!!

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07-31-2008 04:27 AM

I just had this happen at my moms house. She just painted the entire thing on the inside. I was doing a patch up job on some drywall, and when I wet sanded the mud, I noticed that the latex was just peeling. All it took for her paint to be removed was a wet sponge and it peeled right off. I asked her if she used any primer or prep, she said, “nope!” Well, that said everything… lol.

-- --Steve

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11-10-2008 06:19 PM

Tjocpa thanks for posting this problem.I too am having a problem with peeling latex over oil.I wanted to take it off and repaint this winter.Glad it will just wash off.Thanks for the help Eklectic and Steve.

-- Dustygirl Hastings,Ont. Life is too short to sit around doing nothing

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11-17-2017 07:20 PM

I have used just detergent in the past to wash it away!
Good luck!

- Eklectic

detergent really works !!! i also used it.

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11-20-2017 05:15 AM

Yes you can use detergent. It works and removes the stain easily.

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01-11-2019 03:20 PM

A mild detergent should work for your needs.

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