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Does Latex Paint Stick to Oil?

June 10, 2013

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When we bought our house almost six years ago, one of our first tasks was to paint.  We went to the store and got a can of paint, picked colors and started.  But several rooms into our work, we realized that all the trim we were painting on was oil.  Ooops.

We went to the paint store and asked: will latex paint stick to oil?  We got disheartening news from the paint store: no, latex paint won’t stick well to oil.  The woman working the counter told me that everything peeled within six months in her experience.

Let me tell you our experience: after more than five years, we have not had problems with latex-over-oil.  I would not tempt fate and do it again (ie next time in this situation I’d use primer) but when I went looking for places where it’s peeled, I couldn’t find a single place to take a picture of.

So, while latex over oil is not ideal, it is not the death knell that the paint store will tell you it is.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Joyce permalink
    June 10, 2013 3:23 pm

    What brand and type of latex paint did you use? Do you know what brand and type of oil paint you were painting on? That might make a difference. I’ll keep your brand in mind if I ever face that problem.

    • June 10, 2013 8:59 pm

      I have no idea what kind of oil paint we were painting on, since it’s the old stuff that came with the house but we painted over it with both Behr and Benjamin Moore, and didn’t notice a difference in one peeling and the other not!

  2. Marie Kiser permalink
    June 13, 2013 8:56 pm

    We mistakenly did this in the office I work in and we were not as lucky. The paint came off in sheets or bubbled and crumbled. Paint has improved so much but beware.

    • June 13, 2013 10:09 pm

      That sounds horrible. I’m feeling very very lucky. 🙂

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